Friday, February 27, 2009

The Weathervane Painting

I finished the 'Weathervane' painting.
When D was a youngster,
someone told him that
the word NEWS came from weathervane.
He's been carrying that bit of information
all this time and recently shared it with me.
The North, East, West, South spells NEWS.
I hadn't realized when I took the photo of the
weathervane that the letters indicating
north, east, west and south just by chance
were arranged to spell the word news.
You can see it a bit more clearly in my drawing.

We now know, thanks to quiltcat,
that he's been remembering an
urban legend! Oh well, it's still a nice thought!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Winter Sunset

Didn't get out today til the sun was setting
and it was a lovely sight as we went by
the golf course on the way to the ocean.

By the time we reached the sea, there was
just a slight hint of the sun as it quickly slid
below the horizon.

Was working on a new painting today of
the fireman weathervane with the birds!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Weathervane Surprise

Late this afternoon, while waiting for D,
I was gazing across the river and the fireman
weathervane on the old firehouse caught
my eye.

I had taken photos of it at the
beginning of the month when I was on
the other side of the river and the moon was out.

I zoomed in and took some photos.
It looked a little strange in my tiny viewfinder.
Wasn't til I was home and looking at the
larger image on my computer that I realized
what I captured through the lens.

Blackbirds were perched on it, even
on the fireman's helmet which caught
the setting sun.
I was thrilled and am going to do a
drawing of this magical moment!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Winter Scenes in Maine

Lords Point, Kennebunk

facing into the wind...

Cape Porpoise on Monday afternoon...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Blustery Sunday

With biting cold winds, I felt invigorated
as I took a walk along the beach this afternoon.
I was fascinated by the sea foam rolling along the
wet sand, constantly forming new shapes.
This resembled a lace heart.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Is Spring Around the Corner?

Ellie May dreams of spring...

One of the first signs that spring may be near
is the witch hazel, the first to bloom with its
long yellow petals. Often with snow on the
ground, the yellow witch hazel blossoms are an
optimistic sight.
(It appears that ours may
soon be blooming.)

After another 5 inches of snow last night,
it feels as though we'll be waiting patiently
for spring for quite some time.

Is spring around the corner where you are?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

What's in the tree?

After a walk on the beach, we were
heading home when we saw a large
bird flying above us in Dock Square.
It disappeared from the sky, but
a very small shape of a bird
could be seen near the
top of a tall tree!

...upon closer inspection

we realized it was a hawk...

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Surprise at the Beach

While taking a ride by the beach on a calm
morning at high tide, a sudden motion in
the sky caught our attention.

A flock of birds were flying back and forth
and suddenly landed on the rocks.

Upon closer inspection, we could see that
they were some kind of pipers.

I love pipers and it was so magical to see
so many in one place in the winter!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pink Sky at Night

...the graceful orchids were silhouetted
against the soft shades of evening as
a gray day vanished and the delicate
shades of sunset filled the sky.

pink sky at night
(sailor's delight!)