Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bottomland Birds and Goatwalkers

On Sunday a break in the weather allowed us to move Indigo from the Scooner Creek boatyard on the Columbia back to our moorage on the Multnomah Channel . We traveled down the Columbia to St.Helens, then back up the Multnomah Channel. The banks along both the river and the channel are mostly diked, so that distant vistas are few, and the day was overcast and gray. But even though we couldn't see very far, this is an area of rich wetlands, and in a few places the larger members of the bird population made us sit up and take note.

First we discovered these colonies of large, messy nests in the tops of stands of alders on the shore. Our bird book told us that Great Blue Herons nest colonially.

Next we were overflown by three Sandhill Cranes, which the captain told us was very good luck.
Oh, yes, and gazing at the Sauvie Island shore, we noticed some people walking along the beach with their...goats. Three goats.


Blogger Owen said...

I really like the painting of the birds. How big is the original?

January 26, 2006 2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your paintings are beautiful. This image of the birds reminds me of Chinese paintings. A friend in CO told me about your blog since I do watercolors too.

April 10, 2006 8:26 PM  

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