A nice relaxing weekend at home (my favorite kind). The weather this fall has been spectacular, with crisp cool nights and sunny cool to warm days. Yesterday was a day of fishing with my son. Not a huge amount of success, although he did tie into a big carp and got a real kick out of battling it for a while.
Today, a day at home. Thought I’d get back to drawing so got out the equipment this morning and rew this White-eared Hummingbird. If you just looked at the species I drew, you’d probably think I lived somewhere tropical, given that I love drawing hummingbirds and other species I don’t typically get a chance to see in South Dakota. There is a method to the madness though, in terms of choosing what to draw. I typically draw things that I don’t have photos of! It fills a needed gap on my regular website! Given that I have species description pages for every species seen in North Dakota, I need some image for each, and drawings work nicely when I don’t have a photo.
I also chose a “rare” U.S. hummingbird because I have a work trip coming up next month to Tucson. I’ll likely take a couple of vacation days on my own, and go out birding. November isn’t a great time to look for Hummingbirds, as it’s really summer when you get the biggest variety, and most chance to see a rare one that’s made it’s way up to southern Arizona from their more normal range in Mexico. But there will be some hummingbirds around. This is a White-eared Hummingbird, a species normally found in Mexico, but sometimes found in far southern Arizona.
I don’t know why I don’t draw more. It always seems like a chore to get all the equipment out and devote several hours to it. But I’m always so happy when I’m doing it and when I’m done. I’m more pleased with how this one turned out, than for most I do.