Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
For the second year running, Black-billed Magpies nested right outside the office window. And this year the young fledged the day of the Chief Charlo School visit. They were climbing in and out of the big domed stick nest for days and are now chasing their parents around the yard!
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
Our annual hosting of teacher Kevin Cashman's Chief Charlo students was even better this year with a language lesson. Friends in the back row Lillian Kennedy and her dad Antonio (plus daughter Katherine) are from Brazil, so when I asked the 4th graders what language is spoken in that country fully half of the kids shouted out, "Portuguese!" So we learned how to say many avian words and are now bilingual, for birds at least. Then a trip to nearby Metcalf Refuge for birdwatching and turtle spotting. Enlightenment for all of us!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
One quality the new "Turkey In the Snow" etching has is iridescence - it sparkles! Much of it is painted with luminescent watercolors and the question is how best to show that off. Opinions are divided regarding the glass for the framed print. I think the non-glare allows the sparkles to shine through, but fellow artists and family members say it knocks down the brightness. Guess you'll have to see it...to believe it!
Monday, May 20, 2019
We have been pals and partners with Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) for years and years, starting with young filmmakers camps and a 20 minute show on birds that I filmed and produced, about 6 or 8 episodes broadcasted twice a week. We've done interviews with General Manager Joel Baird and Steve Glueckert for his "Look Before You Speak" artists program. Steve was back and so was Scott Ranf, a half hour show about my printmaking and sculptures, even running off a monoprint on the press. Sorry about the editing Scott- we chatted for over an hour! Good luck.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Our bridge is up on the bank now, thanks to neighbor Mike DeNeve and his skid steerer. Awesome, Mike - you will be handsomely rewarded. Most years the slough fulls up and the "island" disappears for a while with high Bitterroot River waters. The trick is convincing friends to help us re-install the bridge. Plus two sump pumps in the crawlspace are running day and night with rising groundwater.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Right when I woke up today I remembered the special day, when the Mount Saint Helens volcano exploded in 1980. I heard it happen when I was up in the Bitterroot Mountains with friends, not a sonic boom like we used to hear all the time back then when a jet made that sound traveling faster than the speed of sound. Not allowed anymore. But this huge noise was accompanied by black skies when we got back to Missoula. Then the ash started falling. So bad that they pretty much shut down the university (and everything else) when I was studying, get this, volcanology in Geology 210!
Friday, May 17, 2019
The most fun I have ever had in 26 years on the radio (usually with birds.) Host Annie Garde and we even played some Joe Zawinul “My People” love that, Catherine Russel, and Lee Morgan, Annie finishing up with an excellent jazz Doris Day, no kidding.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Our annual trip to Chief Charlo for three classes of awesome 4th graders today finished with my helpers loading the car - Keira, Case and Bryn, with Simon, Sibley and Owen the Owl safely tucked away. We thank Kevin Cashman, Best Teacher in the World Award Winner (our category) for the fun today. We'll host his class over here in two weeks with a birdwatching trip to Lee Metcalf Refuge, always a treat.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Looking through the scope in the living room at the old Bald Eagle nest I occasionally see an "up periscope" Canada goose head and neck, and just now another goose perched on some limbs in the tree. This photo from April shows them both and I knew we had a second consecutive year without eagles to watch every evening. The goslings all hatch at once and bale from the nest, bouncing on the ground below. With the leaves growing now, it will soon be impossible to see from the house. Oh well, lots of other birds to photograph down there, but actually loving to work on these etchings in the studio instead!