Pond Sketching

Western Pond Turtle

Weak winter sunshine brings a western pond turtle out of marshy water and up onto a little hummock of organic matter.  He tips his shell to gather as much warmth as possible.  
Red-winged Blackbird
Blackbirds are just beginning to set up territories on the same marsh.  So far their singing is rather half-hearted, but their wings are beautiful when they fly.  

For the past many days I have either been chained to my computer .... or sitting beside one pond or another.  I love it when we find enough activity to keep us in the same spot for hours ..... I have plenty of time to sketch while Dale photographs.  

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