Sunday, December 7, 2008

Birds: Real and Imagined

Tomorrow is another day of drawing at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If you like birds or are even just curious about what the Lab does, visit their site or new blog called Round Robin here.
There are great photos and stories about birds and the hysterical birders who follow them around.(I think I qualify).
These are some stories the one about the hawk in Southwest Texas that landed on a live wire, burst into flames and landed in a vineyard setting the grapes on fire. And it's more common than you think. Thousands of hawks die each year this way. It gets better... a new wine label called "Burning Hawk" is then born ( I like the label...looks a lot like like the Smoking Loon really) and ten percent of total sales before Thanksgiving went directly to raptor-protection causes.
The room where we will be drawing is really cool. I'll take more photos this time to share with you. Also, you may want to visit their new online Holiday store here for the birdlover in your life.

Cedar Waxwing, Watercolor/Sketchbook
Wooden bird from my collection is by Murray Eisnor of Nova Scotia. He is represented by Lyle Elder and you can see more Folk and Outsider artists here

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