Tonight we bundled up and rode over to the ocean for a view of the moon rising over the sea. It was so very dark out with many stars. A narrow cloud layer was along to the horizon but it didn't take long for the moon to rise above it and glow...
So lovely to see and I'm happy to be able to share it here!
A very bitter cold and windy day... it was late afternoon when we ventured out for a little ride. I was thinking about the moon as we rounded a corner at the beach and was unaware of when it would rise tonight. Suddenly we were facing a beautiful sunset. Too cold to get out of the car to take photos so D turned the car around so I could take some from the car window. As we were now facing the direction we had come from I gasped for there was the full moon!
A bit more of a ride through the side streets as the sky lost some of it's color and the moon became brighter.
We took a very invigorating walk late this afternoon on the beach...I had two scarves wrapped around my neck! I can't help but collect sea treasures whenever I walk and today was no exception. When I got home I emptied my pockets and here are my gems!
How I loved the soft subtle colors in the sky and sea late this afternoon...walking on the beach was very chilly, especially when I kept taking my hands out of my gloves to take pictures!
The tide was high and the water reached the small beach rocks along the shore...
I love finding treasures in the sand and came across this mussel shell that had so many beautiful colors.
D and I just decided to continue our ride and head down Ocean Ave. and that 's when I spotted a bird on the wire...from a distance I thought it was a Mourning Dove, but as we approached it we realized it was a hawk...quickly D turned the car around and we were able to sit quietly in the car as I took some photos. Unfortunately, many of them came out very blurry but a few were relatively clear.
The bird book helped us to identify it as a Cooper's hawk!
Several times the hawk flew to different wires in the same vicinity before flying off in the direction of the ocean as the sun set.
It was warm enough today to actually take a walk on the beach without freezing! It was in the low 40's which felt like a heat wave! To our amazement, when we drove down Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport, we saw a gathering of bluebirds! I have only seen them a few time in the mild seasons, so to see them in the middle of January was astonishing. We noticed they were eating flies that must have hatched from the seaweed! Very unusual for this time of year in Maine!
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Am working on a painting of these magical bluebirds over here with the help of my artist cat helper, Ellie May.
Was my B-day and while taking a ride through the seacoast town of Ogunquit, Maine, we saw these amazing, larger than life-size, copper whimsical dancers and musicians in a snowy yard that filled our hearts with joy!
I'm an artist/illustrator specializing in ink and watercolors and photography. My little studio in Maine is nestled in our garden by a babbling brook. Everyday I draw inspiration from the pets who have touched my life, our garden, birds and wildlife critters, quaint old houses, children, shells, scenes of the seaside and more.
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