Back home, I decided to try a trail that was new to me. Monkey Run loop near Ithaca, NY. A really nice walk in the woods, it was quite muddy in places, and no one else out, but surprise, surprise, lots of mosquitoes! Apparently my bug juice wore off, and they (skeeters) really began to feast on me. I was close to the end, so I picked up my pace, annnd missed a turn that would’ve taken me back a bit sooner. It was supposed to be closer to 3 miles, but it ended up 4, but the good thing was it only took me 2 hours. I’m definitely not a speed hiker, but the bites gave me some incentive to hurry!
Not much for views, the best part followed Fall Creek, so my eyes were drawn (hehe) to what was on the ground, lots of fungi and berries. Sketched at home AFTER I was safe from the skeeters.
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!
This blue heron was hanging out with a few others, seems they were showing off to a friend of mine, who caught several images on camera.
These wading birds stand like a statue, but are lightning-quick to grab a fish.