Winter comes slowly to western Oregon. A few leaves start to turn yellow in September, others wait until October and November. Even now, in December, sycamore leaves are a medley of of rich crimsons, reds and burnt gold. Other trees are bare, including this maple above me.
How many times have I walked under this nest and not seen it? It’s two blocks from home and on my regular jaunt around the neighborhood. This nest remained hidden until the winds stripped the maple leaves and tossed them into the rain.
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While I was posting the above nest I got to thinking about other nests I've painted in the last couple of years. ... Nests are always of interest, whether active or sitting empty, their job done. If you've been reading my blog for awhile you may have seen most of these.
The snowy one was inspired in Yellowstone .... probably a robin's nest.
|Double-crested cormorants nest in colonies. This colony is near the Oregon coast.|
|I was searching for dragonflies just a few miles from my home when I found this mallard nest tucked in a blackberry tangle. I wouldn't have intensionally gotten so close. I only paused for a moment, then sketched from memory.|