My last post, “Star Gazing” was triggered by our three night camping trip to Lava Beds National Monument. While there we spent some time in the high desert and some time on the nearby Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges. I keep trying to find time to post that part of the trip too.
While ‘in the Basin’ I did less writing than usual, partly because ‘events’ didn’t unfold. There is a positive side to not having a lot of exciting things happen: I had more time than usual to sketch. Just being in the Basin is food for my soul. Thousands of acres streatch flat. Before white man drained huge sections of it it was a fabulous place for wildlife and the Modoc Indians. Some has been saved for wildlife, so it still is a treasure, if a reduced treasure.
This post will be simple -- some of my sketches done while down there and shortly after I got home. The great blue heron, ring-billed gull and eared grebe are examples of work done after we got home. I often come home fired up to paint or draw some of our sighting that we have just photographed.