A walk through the pines


After setting up my art show in Baker City, Oregon I found myself with a free morning. I drove up to Phillips Reservoir and took an easy 4 mile hike. 

A beautiful area with open meadows sprinkled with sagebrush. Forests of ponderosa pine, tamarack and fir trees. Stunning snow capped peaks and a lovely lake to top it off! 

I rarely see bluebirds, they are beautiful elusive birds that love my kind of country. Today I saw dozens of bluebirds, an otter, eagles and hundreds of ground squirrels.

Valley Pond

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This 16″x16″ acrylic painting was inspired by the valley south of Flathead Lake in Montana. Ninepipe National wildlife refuge is a large bird sanctuary in that great big valley.

I drove to Montana to see the National Bison Range. I had not been there since I was in my early 20’s. Unfortunately a lot of the park was closed but it was still worth the short road trip. Amazing country alive with wildlife! I took a lot of reference photos and will definitely go back in the spring to see the baby Bison!

Great Blue

This is a video of a Great Blue Heron flying with a fish in it’s beak.

I have never seen a heron grab a fish in the middle of a lake. They are big wading birds that wonder along shorelines. They frequently stand still for extended periods  and can be easy to miss, blending with limbs and vegetation. I spotted this particular heron hundreds of feet from shore flapping around in a frenzied manner on the surface of the lake. When it finally left the water it flew towards me and I could see it had captured a pretty good meal!  It is a little tricky spotting the fish from the iPhone video but I would guess it was well over a foot long.

 

Lake Time

A long weekend at Lake Pend Oreille. Always great to get away and spend time with Mother Nature.

I went on a six mile hike that reminded me of my age and questionable physical condition. I was rewarded with solitude, a sense of accomplishment and wildlife. I saw moose droppings. I flushed three white tail deer. Enjoyed the chattering of squirrels along with the lonely call of a varied thrush.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!