I don't know why, but I have always had a thing about wading birds. I would love to be able to hold a large white heron. Another dream of mine is to someday see a flamingo lake.
One of the great things about where I'm currently working is that there is a lake. We built it. And on that lake we have created bird habitat.
The images above are of large white herons. I don't have the guide to Costa Rican birds here, so I can't tell you what species these are right now.
Here's another of my favorites, the Rosate Spoonbill. Taken from a long way off, with a limited zoom lens.
I was also so excited the other day when I saw this on Grace's blog. It reminded me so much of papyrus paper. And that got me thinking about art of Ancient Egypt. Which I have also always had a thing about. Our youngest son - Nilo - is named for the River Nile. My eldest son - Eben Ptolemy - that name came from the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Several days ago, I was sat starring hard at this small pile of cloth...
And nothing came to mind. Although I made this sketch...
And since it didn't mean anything at the time, the whole lot got stuffed back into the "creative draught" bag (and thanks so much to sweet friends who left comments on my last post or who sent meaningful messages about that).
Last night, the power went out. My computer went off (the battery lasts just long enough to save anything that's open). I was sat at the kitchen table, with a candle. There was a block of newsprint and a green marker, and I found myself sketching bird motifs in the semi-darkness.
When you make a connection between incidence and incidence, do they then become co-incidence?...
Now, maybe an idea is beginning to perculate.
I've been thinking about this alot too.