Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rock at Mic Mac Lake

I took my kids to Tettegouche State Park over spring break (first week of April).  We stayed in the park's hike-in cabins.  We did the same trip last year.  This year's trip was decidedly more winter-like.  I'm pretty sure the wind chills were below zero on our hike out.  I was sure it was winter's last hurrah.  But as I write this, we are in the middle of a blizzard.

The rock pictured above was located on Mic Mac Lake, in a little inlet near the cabins.  I think it jutted out into the lake from the edge of bog.  It was covered in a variety of mosses and lichens; each side of the rock featured a slightly different assortment.  I was drawn to the rock when I first spotted it and visited it twice during our trip.  One visit was by myself, and the second was with my youngest daughter.

A. Rock Posy - Rhizoplaca sp.
B. Rock Tripe - Umbilicaria sp.
C. various crustose lichens
D. Rock Shield - Xanthopamelia sp.
E. insect eggs?
F. various moss species

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Equanimous Dinosaur

In the original version of this picture I had the dinosaur looking extremely unhappy.  In my mind it had some knowledge of the large scale extinctions to come.  My youngest daughter suggested a happy dinosaur.  So I tried that out (with eye brows) but figured the dinosaur needed something to be happy about.  Not a momentary or superficial happiness; in the original version of the picture the dinosaur's sadness was deep and penetrating as it contemplated extinction.  So I added the small mammals with the thought that the dinosaur was still thinking about extinction, but in a way that demonstrated a very long view of things, with sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

An Illustrated Life List: American Goldfinch

Inspired by the poem "Goldfinches" by Mary Oliver.

I found the poem in a compilation of bird poems and prose by Mary Oliver entitled "Owls and Other Fantasies".

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Como Conservatory Sunken Garden - January 2018

From a visit to the Sunken Garden at the the Como Conservatory in January, 2018.  Cyclamens dominate the scene.  The azaleas and magnolias hadn't flowered yet; the scene looked completely different on a visit in February.