Monday, February 28, 2011

working on new monotypes

A couple of weeks ago I did some bird surveys of a small pocket marsh. When I was walking out I was captivated by the dry plants. This is the area where I found the plants.The last day I gather some and Sunday I finally got out to my studio. It was a productive time. Now these are just the start of my monotypes but I thought I would share with you. I am using a water based etching ink from Daniel Smith. The paper has to me soaked or it will crease as it goes through the press. The challenge is to get a image of the dry plants that I envisioned in the field. It took some experimenting but the results was worth it.

These are just three of the images. I still have more work but I just had to share.

The area has beautiful Sedge Wrens that spend the winter in this area. On the surveys one or two would just pop up. What a thrill to see these little birds.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February12 sunrise

The first few days of last week were so gray. The week ended with a glorious sunrise. See

Bonapart's Gull

Last week I was doing my pocket marsh surveys at the north end of Jekyll Island. Every day I crossed the wooden bridge over the mouth of Clam Creek. It was too dark and cold to stop on my way out. However when I was finished with the survey, I would stop. There was a Bonopart's Gull doing what Bonapart's Gulls do.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekend for Wildlife

In Georgia our state wildlife agency is called Department of Natural Resource (DNR) Department. The Nongame Conservation Program is a part of the DNR but they are not funded by the state of Georgia. They must raise their own money. They do this by a special vehicle tags and by a Weekend for Wildlife event. This event is the weekend. They have their hardworking biologists, scientists and researcher taking the folks out to show them what they are doing for the birds, turtles, whales and other creatures.

Last night at the evening get-together I saw this display. One Nongame programs is banding shorebirds.

On May 22, 2o1o, Brad Winn and Tim Keyes banded Chinquapin, a Whimbrel . They also put a tracking device on him. Following this bird has been fun. Chinquapin has summered in Canada and now wintering in South America. You can follow this bird at Whimbrel Tracking at

I can not say it any better than this:Our Nongame folks do a great job. I hope they raise the money they need to continue these important programs. Here the monotype I donated to the cause.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January 31 sunset

Every time I cross the Jekyll Island bridge going home, I just want to stop at the top and look out over the beautiful marsh. January 31, it was so beautiful I did stop. Here is the sunset reason why.