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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Goodnight Space Shuttle (Updated)

The last launch of Space Shuttle Discovery is planned for Thursday at 4:30pm (Eastern.) Personally I am sorry to see the program retired this year. I'm very glad I got to see a launch of Discovery some years ago--it was quite an experience! I scribbled this sketch (at right,) in my old, handwritten journal the night before that launch. It's been my only shuttle-based work. Perhaps it's time to do a proper, painted tribute...(see below.)

Goodnight, sweet Space Shuttle program, just 2 flights away. Goodnight, manned space flight--I hope to see you again in my lifetime. Thanks to the multitude of people whose work and sacrifice brought us so much knowledge.

History of the Space Shuttle
NASA's page about the Space Shuttle
Wikipedia page on the Space Shuttle
Space Station Info, a key destination of the Shuttle
Canadarm and Canadarm2
The Challenger Disaster
The Columbia Disaster

Update, Feb. 23, 2011; Here's the painting I've decided to do as an homage to NASA's Space Shuttle program...

12x24" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

Friday, February 18, 2011

Art News (Updated)

The other night I attended my first Slidell Photography Club meeting. I met some really nice people, learned more about the club, had a good time & even won an award or two!

In other news, this weekend's an Art for Madisonville member's exhibit. If you have a problem with that link, try this one. I'll be sitting with the show on Sun., from 2-4pm. If you're going to be in the area, c'mon down!

In other news, my Artist of the Month display is still up at the UU Church in Lacombe, LA (see link,) and some of my work is also now available at Dawn Marie's Cafe in Abita Springs.

Update, Feb. 19, 2011; My Sunset through Live Oaks took 1st Place (photography) at the Art for Madisonville Show;

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lake Ramsay Preserve

The weather was decent yesterday, so Charles and I went to The Nature Conservancy's Lake Ramsay Preserve.

Delicate seed pods (for what, I couldn't say.)

Out in the longleaf pine savanna, the last stand of such mature trees in the Florida parishes. I love it out here--it's just beautiful.

A few weeks ago Charles & I helped plant longleaf pines at the Flatwoods near our house. We won't live to see them grow this tall, but I'm glad that we helped the cause.

I had to take a picture of the smilin' log.

The creek here runs into the Tchefuncte River a few miles away.

Among the birds we saw or heard were red-bellied woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, American crows, a Carolina wren, a hairy woodpecker, tufted titmice and a Carolina chickadee. We also heard a couple of critters moving through the underbrush--perhaps a 9-banded armadillo and/or a rat bastard.

In other, good news, temperatures are headed upward over the next few days. The forecast for Thursday is 72F. Spring is finally on its way...yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHAH!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Birds at Fontainebleau

When I have a hankering to see wildlife this time of year, there's really only one place to go for certain. Yes, again it's Fontainebleau State Park...

There are lots of red-bellied woodpeckers (like this male,) all year round, everywhere around here.

Huge numbers of yellow-rumped warblers Winter here.

Northern mockingbirds are a year-round sight. This one was particularly tolerant and patient.

Out in the marsh...
Hundreds of American coots come every Winter. During this visit I noticed lesser scaup, blue-winged teals and redheads among the flock.

Common moorhens are also a regular, Winter sight.

In addition, a lone, Caspian tern was fishing and dozens of tree swallows picked insects from the air. Both are also Winter visitors here. I'd hoped to see one of the Wintering bald eagles again, or perhaps one of the year-round resident great-horned owls, but it was not to be.

Regardless, it was too nice an afternoon not to take advantage of the opportunity to get outside. Unfortunately, once again, our temps have fallen & clouds have moved in. Again I am housebound.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

New Painting; Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'
10x8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Painting, Weather and Trees

Here's some detail from a painting I'm working on. I hope to finish it this weekend, since our weather's pretty crappy again. Tonight we're facing freezing rain, which I never thought I'd see here in S. Louisiana. We even had a few flakes of sn*w the other day. It was horrible.
On the plus side, last weekend Charles & I went to a volunteer tree-planting at the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve. We met some cool people and planted about 60 longleaf pines. It was nice to give something back to a local park that has provided us with some wonderful times. I look forward to seeing the trees grow in the coming years.
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