the log cabin on the lake where I stayed
Looks idyllic, doesn’t it? And it was, emphatically. Only there’s something so small you can’t see it in this picture – yes, mosquitoes, plenty of them. Sneaky things that make their way inside the cabin and torture you at night. I thought the application I downloaded onto my I-Touch of a mosquito repellent might work. It emitted a sound and had a picture of a gecko crawling across the screen to scare away the mosquitoes. It wasn’t til I got to Canada that it occured to me that Canadian mosquitoes would not be in the least impressed by a tropical lizard. Oh well. I got to discover the pros and cons of mosquitoe netting over the bed. They don’t bite you but your warm scent attracks them and you lie there listening to an ever louder chorus of that unmistakable buzzing just inches from your face.
my sketch of the peonies brought from home by Paulie
On the day when the International Sketchcrawl was scheduled I was on my own, my hosts being in attendance at an all-day wedding celebration. So I had the unusual luxury of wide open time to sketch. I went around the main house and garden and sketched what I was most interested in and collected wildflowers.
Ed is an avid hunter and fisherman, and I couldn’t resist sketching two of his taxidermy pieces which seemed so alive in their deadness! When would I ever again get a chance to see these wild creatures in motion and yet absolutely still?
This otter sits on the window sill in Ed’s office downstairs, looking longingly into the fish tank/fountain which Ed has stocked with Rocky Mountain Whitefish.
Then outside to get some air – Judith’s art studio surrounded by lupine. Wouldn’t you love to do art there?
wildflowers dried and attached and glazed with gel medium
The names of wildflowers! My favorites were “Goat’s Beard”, “Cow Parsnip”, and “Self-heal”. I found such satisfaction in finding new ones and looking them up in the plant ID book.
In California we have the Ruby throated and emerald green variety of hummingbird. In this northern most region of hummingbird habitation there were Calliopes, at times as many as twenty at a time swarming the feeder-orange and yellow greenish and very small, juveniles.
Next: heading home to California