Category: Birding

Mar 27

Inspired vs. not

I am still working on getting caught up in my Vinita Pappas‘ Fall Messy Palette Club classes. I published a post on yellow this week and I’m working on a blue post next. Also we were supposed to do a still life. I do not like still lives. But I am trying. I have one …

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Feb 13

The navigator got distracted

As always, I am behind on so many things it hardly seems time efficient to list them all. So, I’m going to gloss over them all in the hopes the waving something shiny in front of what’s left of my loyal blog readers will cause you all to forget my appalling lack of new blog …

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Jan 16

Beginning the 2017 birding year

Because of the pneumonia, I missed the Salem Audubon Society‘s New Year’s birding trip around Minto Brown. Today was their regularly scheduled monthly outing to Ankeny. While I am still not feeling 100%, I know this trip usually involved more driving than anything else, so I resolved to get up and go see what I …

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Dec 12

Adventures in misidentification

This morning I braved the ever-changing winter weather to go birding with the Salem Audubon Society out at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge.   With today’s birding, I’m at 145 Oregon species for the year, but I still have 5 species to go if I’m going to hit my goal of 150 species for the year. …

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Nov 20

Another year, another 6×6 painting

Since 2009 I have contributed a 6×6 painting to the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wild Art Festival. This year I painted a young pileated woodpecker I met over the 4th of July weekend. As I have said before, I find this project a way to experiment and also to assess my art skills. In 2009 …

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Sep 18

Unexpected

Today I got up early to go with the Salem Audubon Society out to Ankeny Wildlife Refuge. I arrived promptly at 7:00. Not a single person was there. Tturns out the hike is next weekend; they posted the scouting trip a couple days ago and I got mixed up. So I decided to tour the …

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Sep 17

It turns out no one walks on… water

After a week that I feel could be definitive proof that all people are crazy all the time, I decided to take the time after escaping the office Friday to take Key to do a long exploration of Minto-Brown Park (one of the treasures of Salem.) We saw a good variety of birds. And Key …

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Sep 11

Ocean Adventures

A few months ago, the Salem Audubon Society put a notice in their newsletter that they were going on a “Pelagic Tour” on September 11 through Whale Research EcoExcursions (Carrie Newell.) I called up my mom and asked if she wanted to come, and with her resounding yes ringing in my ears I called to …

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Aug 15

Class: Writing & Illustrating Children’s Books (Week 4-5)

I don’t know where the last few weeks has gone, but Thursday my Writing and illustrating Children’s Books class ended with the remaining students (5 out of more than a dozen) presenting their “mini” books. I present here my book. I have revised a few things and I still have a few paintings to finish. …

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Jul 04

North Fork Santiam and Opal Creek

I believe I am not the only person who woke up this morning with a plan to “do something.” Last night I Googled some ideas for hikes in the area (still new to me) and decided to experiment with driving up Highway 22 to see the Opal Creek Wilderness Area. Finn is no longer capable …

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