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This post is a little different in that I just downloaded my 971 pictures from my big camera and want to share some of my favorites.  I have a new painting (see it in the Instagram sidebar?  Isn’t she fabulous?) and needed a photo of it – a good photo of it – to make prints with.  That’s what led to my downloading, which is when I realized it had been too long since I did that.

I get a lot of bird pictures here.  They’re close on the water, and relatively unconcerned about me.  This is a Common Merganser female.  I love their red heads.


I consider this “MY” Great Blue Heron.  We live in its territory.  I didn’t see it much the past 4 or 5 weeks, but in the past few days it finally showed up again.  I was concerned something had happened to it.  They are such striking birds.


From our snow day, early January, Scaup in the snow.

snow scaup

From New Year’s Day, during the very Golden Hour, at the aptly named Sunset Beach.

sunset peeps

I think I need to paint it.  If nothing else, I need to print it and display it at my home.

We have otters here.  Recently I got a couple shots as they left the water.

otter out web otter out web2

This Scaup was sitting at the end of our jetty.  I didn’t realize he was looking at me until I pulled in closer on the picture.  Those eyes!


I watched this deer walking along the road across the slough from us, waiting for it to frame between these trees.  It most obligingly stopped there and remained there for a full minute at least.


On New Year’s Day, Kimberly and I drove down that road birdwatching.  This guy watched us for a bit.


When I first started bird watching, Northern Flickers were divided into two species, the Red-Shafted Flicker and the Yellow-Shafted Flicker.  The shaft part of the name refers to the shafts of their feathers.  When they fly, especially when hit with bright sun, the undersides of their wings glow with the color of the feather shafts.  It’s quite striking.  I once found a yellow-shafted feather in Michigan.  We weren’t able to tell what color this one was.

I went birding last weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count, spending a full hour and a half to drive the three or so miles of Brooks Slough Road (the one across the slough).  The Red-Wing Blackbirds are back around here.  They were quite unconcerned by my car, so I was able to get some close pictures.


Lately, a flock of 18 or so Canada Geese has been hanging out in my “backyard” (the part of the slough in back of the house).  They like low tide, and they wade around eating the river grass that grows underwater.


I caught this picture of one landing.  After he landed, he started hissing and chasing other geese, probably males.  He had quite an attitude.

goose landing

Last week I decided a beach trip was in order, for science, you know? and took these pictures around Cannon Beach.

ocean mit peeps

The lighting was just fabulous.


This is part of the flock of approximately 2,000 Dunlin I saw.  It was pretty amazing.


I’ve been busy this past week painting a lot.  It seems I can suddenly paint the way I’ve always wanted to, and that is very exciting to me.  Today I didn’t really feel like painting.  I tried avoiding it, but finally took myself out to the studio and just started, telling myself to just block in some color.  Before I knew it, a few hours had slipped by and I was nearly done with the next in my series of Guadalupe animals.  Tomorrow I will finish detailing her.  David gave me an idea for another, bringing my series to six.  I have three painted, five sketched up.  It’s a lot of fun.