Friday, March 6, 2009

The Ducks Are Back!

I have a pond behind my house and up until late November I had tons of ducks, geese and the occasional blue heron on the pond EVERYDAY. I live north of Chicago and it's been one of the coldest,snowiest winters in a LONG time. So the waterfowl disappeared when the pond froze over.
Well, TODAY they came back! AT least the mallards did.I was tickled to wake up to the honking and quacking of the ducks. Of course as you can see in the first photo the pond is still a bit frozen and they are standing on ice.There is a small area that has thawed along the shoreline. So they come flying in for a landing on the ice and slip and slide all over the place. It's quite hilarious. Then they stroll over to the area that has thawed and take a dip and check for food.
Is it my imagination or do the colors on the mallards heads and feet look very brilliant. I'm wondering if these are youngsters? The photos don't do it justice but the color of their heads is a striking green teal color. And their little feet are such a glowing orange it's unbelievable.
Thought I would share my duck friends with you.As soon as the geese and heron come back I'll show you those as well.Or you can check them out from last fall on my flickr.

FINALLY posting my very first bowls from my wheel thrown class. I'm pretty happy with them. It takes a while to get used to a new studio and their glazes so I wasn't sure how the colors would turn out. But I'm liking them both.


Terri Kahrs said...

Hi, Cathy! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your wonderful comment. We sure are kindred spirits!!! Thanks, too, for adding me to your list, as I will you. Good luck with the time change and the flashes!
Terri :)
PS - Your bowls are awesome!

Alberta and Ava said...

Your pond must be pretty big, Cathy, to support all that wildlife. We have a small pond behind our house and a great blue lives there. Every year 2 Canadian geese spend some time with us there too. We had ducks, which I brought home from my son's science class, but they spent all their time pooping on my patio, so we had to relocate them to a lake on the golf course nearby. But...I digress. Please try an abstract; I think you will love the process. I had no idea where to begine, but K. said that she starts with a color scheme and just trowels paint on a canvas with her palette knife, laying down what looks pleasing together. She encouraged me not to try to make a work of art, just to paint, and amazingly, I was able to let go of my control and do that. I'm sure you can tell how excited I am about the whole thing, and now I want you to have as much fun!

Beth said...

Your bowls look great, Cathy! I was looking around Etsy and thought of the pins you used to make back in BG. That got me to wondering if you have a blog and it turns out you do! I'm enjoying seeing your artwork. Congratulations on your success! Hope you are all well.

Hayley Egan said...

Love the bowls!! (and the ducks) X

whymsicalmusings said...

Cathy OMG your bowls are beautiful:) I tried throwing pottery once BOY what a Mess I made! Anyway the other reason I am here is I truly think you offer so much on your blog I am nominating you with two awards:)
Go to my blog to pick them up.

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