Blues on the Bridge is a day of free outdoor concerts, with food trucks and vendors in downtown Binghamton. This was my first year going, and I brought my sketchbook to give the Skirmisher statue another try.
I wasn’t happy with the first attempt, here:
But after walking around a bit, and running into a few family and friends, I sat for another try. Pretty happy with this one, especially as I just put ink to paper, no pencil outline first. Calling it a day!
My niece pointed out that those green things growing outside might be ostrich fiddleheads! These are good for eating, after boiling and sautéing. So I picked several and tried them. It may have been a little early to pick, because there was brown stuff that was rather difficult to remove.
But I did like the taste, so I decided to buy some at our local market. These were a little larger, with no brown ‘stuff’ on them. Very yummy, like a delicate asparagus flavor. Of course, garlic, butter and salt helped. It seems like a bit much effort needed, so I won’t be doing these very often, but I’m very glad I gave them a try!
Walked the Glen today, 40°, the snow has started melting and last fall’s autumn leaves are peeking out. I sketched quickly, adding color at home. Check out my favorite tree on the right, just noticed the heart shape!
That’s what sketching does – helps you notice details, things you’d otherwise miss.
Here’s a screen shot from the Alltrails app of my typical Glen walk- 1.7 miles in 40 minutes. I’m not a speed walker! 😉.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
What it looked like when I bought it
What it looked like after I “trimmed” it for planting.
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.
The hedge will still be here next year, needing trimming again!