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Soaring eagle

My favorite birds of prey

Don’t get me wrong, I really like hawks! But, I do have a favorite – the eagle.  I’m so glad they have made a comeback, and there’s quite a few here in the upstate NY area. Today, a grey and gloomy February day, I walked the Two Rivers Greenway in Endicott.  Endicott, NY island

There’s an island you can see from the bridge that goes to Vestal, and there’s a flag I always see on it.  So, I found a bench and sat down to sketch it.  I shot a reference photo, and didn’t notice an eagle sitting in a tree on the other side of the river, because a branch was in the way. I got about 3 lines drawn, when I moved my head a little and saw it. Bold as can be, an eagle looking down river. Bald eagle

He didn’t stay long, and soon took off. But, I thought it only went a little way, and went to look for it upriver. Throwing my sketch stuff in pockets, I hustled to find it.

Found him in a tree a little upriver, and oh joy! There were two! Two bald eagles

After a half hour and tons of photos, the second one  looked like it was getting ready to move, so I put my camera on movie mode.  The first video is 38 seconds, but listen, and you’ll hear an eagle screech. Chills.

 

After catching it flying away on video, I decided it was okay to leave. Seeing them was such a wonderful gift! Soaring eagle

 

Recycling

You may have read about how to re-use various veggies.  After buying a few onions from the farmers market, one had already sprouted, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I typically don’t follow instructions well (surprise!), so after trimming some to sauté, I just sort of stuck it in the ground where it seemed happy, and gave it a good watering. It seems it may need separating after it grows a bit, because there might be more than one that will sprout from this.

We’ll see! Fingers are crossed!

Sprouted onion

What it looked like when I bought it

What it looked like after I “trimmed” it for planting.

A discovery

The privet hedge out front never got trimmed last year, so, the other day, I decided to attack it. I was making great progress until I spotted something inside it.

A well constructed robin’s nest with four beautiful eggs nestled in it. That was the end of trimming that hedge, even if it IS lop-sided now! I was lucky enough to catch a decent photo with my phone, and made sure to do a sketch to remember it by.

Robins nest with eggs

The hedge will still be here next year, needing trimming again!

Oopsie!

Was sooo happy to get my new Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen in a rich CopperOrange. Although I ordered the cartridge converter with it, they sent a free blue ink cartridge, so I thought I’d try it out!

Now, all my black and grey inks are purchased with a waterproof factor in mind. Never gave that a thought as I sat and sketched my cute wave pansies.  The pen worked so smoothly and I felt like I now had a “Porsche” to replace my existing tribe of pens. (Well, not replace, so much as enhancing my collection!)  Of course, the pansies are rich shades of pink, so I started to add some quinacridone red, and, well, here’s the result.

It's not waterproof ink!

It’s not waterproof ink!

Lesson learned, I will get that cartridge converter into action before trying a sketch that needs some color added!

PS – By the way, the blue ink would be great to use with just water in a monochrome theme!

A few stragglers

I’ve not kept up with adding color and scanning – here’s a few miscellaneous ones:

Coneflowers

These lovely coneflowers were captured in a photo by Eric Lopez. Thanks for the inspiration Eric!

2015 10 Strike a pose donkey wm

Saw this donkey at our annual Spiedie and Hot Air Balloon fest at Otsiningo Park. Too cute!

 

Onions

I grew these onions myself – and did not realize they just plop up out of the ground when they are ready!?!? Thank you, onions!

Let’s go!

Way back in July, I had the honor of hosting Stephanie Yue, aka Quezzie.
She has an entertaining ride report on Adventure riders, as well as a blog: 250superhero.blogspot.com. She recently completed a more than 30,000 mile solo ride to travel the four corners of the continental US. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, she did it all on her 250cc Vespa! (Did you notice the “solo” part?)

Stephanie Yue

Hi Steph!

Her overnight visit began in Ithaca, NY, where my friend Jim and I scooted to the Scooter Shop to meet her.  We then stopped at some falls (of course, it’s Ithaca!) and then the Blind Tiger for a cold one (of course, no reason not to!) before ending at my house for dinner.
She is great company, and an amazing person, I’m so glad I have the chance to meet her!
She also inspired me to try more long-distance rides, but the only place I’ve gotten so far is a solo trip back to Ithaca. Oh well, I have put nearly 3,000 local miles on the scoot this year, and that is an accomplishment for me!
Here’s a few sketches (finally scanned, I’m still behind!) from that visit:

2006 Vespa

My prep (easy!)

Stephanie's prep - not easy!

Stephanie’s prep – not easy!

A colorful stop in Boiceville, NY

A colorful stop in Boiceville, NY