I took a few photos this week, but the time of day was off. It seems as though many of the leaves have started to drop early without changing color due to the freezing nights.
The Merganser is a large duck with a long, slim neck and a slender hooked reddish-orange bill. Females and immatures are gray-bodied with a white chest and rusty-cinnamon heads. Common Mergansers nest in natural tree cavities, or holes carved out by large woodpeckers. Gulls often trail flocks of foraging Common Mergansers. The Gulls wait for the ducks to come to the surface, and then try to steal their prey rather than fishing on their own. Occasionally even a Bald Eagle will try to steal a fish from a Merganser.
I’ve carved a few of these, but I think this is the first that I have posted that was complete. This folk art bird carving has endured more than 365 days of Indiana weather. This piece of folk art has been buried under feet of snow, withstood rainstorms, hail, sweltering heat, and Autumns’ freeze and thaws. This carving is made from Pine, painted with acrylics, and finished with various stains. What do you think?
The trees that turn yellow started weeks ago, and now the reds are showing up. The backyard bird variety is changing as well. Fall is really starting to set in, and I’m feeling the need to hike and photograph Brown County. I’m guessing there are only a couple more weeks before the color is gone and the leaves drop. What are you seeing in your neck of the woods? Are the colors changing?
I stared up at the ebbing quarter moon and the stars scattered like a handful of salt across the faraway sky…
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. As Bob Dylan would say, “Pablo Picasso said that.”