"Mountain Bluebird - Portrait"
color pencil drawing
© Bruce A. Morrison
2 months!?!! Two months since my last post!? That's just crazy...that thing called "time" is definitely on its own schedule...like a nasty bug, it infects all of us and erases days, weeks and months! Where was I? Well...I was still here, honestly!
I guess I've just been enjoying myself. Since the Artisans Road Trip event in October I've been taking some time off and just being a bit more laid back than is probably normal for me. This was the last year I'll be participating in the Artisans Road Trip and when I resigned from the board I think I've begun to just spend time on other things instead.
But life didn't stop or anything like that - I've been filling orders here in the studio both from the Artisans Road Trip event and from requests and customer commissions. One example being the little "Mountain Bluebird - Portrait" color pencil drawing illustrated above. And I am enjoying a "hobby" for a change...not that I don't have other interests...like birding and prairie restoration and antiquing...I guess they could be hobbies. But a more latent interest raised it's head about 2-3 years ago and I'm enjoying it ever so much more now with the help of a mentor...more on that some other time.
The fall bird traffic seemed early but then maybe that was the weather? We had a cold damp autumn early on in October. Not bad really, just a bit nippier than usual. Our very first day of Indian Summer (any day reaching into the 60's after a hard freeze) wasn't until November 24th! That is VERY unusual here...October is normally full of them! We had just 3 days this fall now that qualified, but all-in-all it hasn't been too bad - we're usually blanketed with snow and in the deep freeze for the winter by now and we're not.
© Bruce A. Morrison
But we've had great fall visitors here, like this sub-adult (transitioning) Sharp-shinned Hawk. This guy was doing the "Veloci-raptor" moves with the birds around the feeder - running around on the ground chasing down it's quarry - fun to watch!
We've also had the usual sparrow migrants go through, this year hanging onto a few Tree Sparrows and some Juncos hanging around as well. Cedar Waxwings already giving our viburnums a taste test, a great flock of Blue Jays have moved in for the winter too - 15-20 birds at a time, quite a show! And loads of the usual variety of woodpeckers and nuthatches...it looks like the winter residents have now set up shop.
I hope your Fall season has been going well and that the Holiday season will be what it should - full of Loved Ones and Good Cheer!
Till next time...and who knows when that'll be!!!??? All my best!