By rights we should have snow and cold the same if not slightly colder that you being further north than you are but the gulf stream heats up the east coast making far milder than it should be . The high amout of freshwater from melting ice caps is altering flow so our winters could start changing .. nothing much in England is built to deal with sub zero temperatures so we'll just grind to a halt. I hope that you have a good week
The ice fishing sounds fun and it might be nice to see some snow we only see a bit that stays on the ground more than a day or two every three or four years the gulf stream makes a lot of difference to us in the uk. I think im about 200 miles further north than you are . My cousin lives close to 700 mile further north than you and he rarly sees tempretures drop below zero. It a stange old world
thank you for all the comments you have made. The illness has given me a different understanding and appreciation of things. (It isn't meant as a complaint.) I have been able to piece together some of it because of the dates on the art. I really felt a need to keep feeding the deer when the snow was deep and I see a little humor in that. I think the set of paintings has a meaning to me. I was trapped in a small space with a large roost of starlings. I don't know if that was what I got sick from. I just got over what ever it was and got sick again, within an hour I couldn't walk. I was too sick to get myself to the hospital. My son got sick. He went into heart failure as a teen and never recovered He said he couldn't breath so I freaked out and tried to drive him to the hospital and wrecked my car. (I don't know why I didn't think to call Uber or something.) I was hospitalized. worried about the dear in the weather.) released.. fed the deer... the next day really sick, can't remember much. admitted with respiratory failure. that was in February. pneumonia- flu. multiple antibiotics, and Tamiflu.... it was like a bad acid trip... ive been hospitalized a few other times since one of them I had metapneumovirus, the flu appears to have damaged the vessels in my lungs... I'm still in the process of getting this evaluated. so it was this really crazy experience (the low oxygen and medications can cause some weird perceptions), that has changed my life in ways not clearly defined yet... and then there are the deer! I think I'm trying to create a narrative, I know that is part of what the art does for me.... Yesterday it started snowing and its pretty deep. I love it. I work at an old orphanage with 100 acres of woods, abutting a state park. I feed the deer(- that's not what my job is) I was out there this evening. The snow is so deep in the woods. It is so peaceful and quiet... I love to share the space with these amazing being, the der. I know this is crazy long....
Hi John, thanks so much my dear friend for your wonderful comment and like on "Witten." I'm so excited to give the portrait to them today. I always appreciate your kindness and the encouragement you always give me. Bless you my friend.
We have two breeds of herons,9 the grey and the much rarer bitten
With Egrets they little egrets are the most common with about 4500 birds with a small number of cattle and great whites we also have the occasional spoon bill . Althought we've gained some birds some that were once common we don't see now.
Once magpies were a rare sight and some superstitious people would get in a right panic if they only saw tbe one, I don't know what they'd make of what i saw today, i saw about forty magpies on the roof of a house.
I would leave him on his seat all wrapped up and people would wander over to him and chat away while he grumbled, growled and snorted back to them , occasional i would give him a call and their faces were pictures when this dog jumped out of the jacket for his woody time chasing the ball
Thank you my friend for your lovely comment on my Pot of Orange and the like too. I visited the Dallas Arboretum last spring and saw these lovely potted flowers and got a quick pic of them so I could eventually do a pastel of them. I plan to do a few more. So nice to have something so spring like in the middle of a cold winter day to paint! I appreciate it always!
Honestly John I had not previously heard of the Lanner Falcon before. It is such a striking bird, it looks similar to both the peregrine and prairie falcons of the western hemisphere. Now I'm even more curious about them, time for some reading I think. That's one of the great things about the colony, there's a learning experience around every corner.
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