Think pink!

Surprisingly pink entryway

Surprisingly pink entryway

I finally got back to work on this massive looking wooden entryway located in Germany.  I have always like the pink facade combined with the huge wooden doorway.  The last time I looked at it was before the Christmas rush, so now that I’ve caught back up, I thought I’d get back to it.  I didn’t really have much left to do, but I deepened the colors some as well as the shadows.

This exemplifies what I like most about Old World architecture – the use of vibrant, unexpected colors.

We have been having a little bit of wildlife excitement here the last couple of days.  This year’s crop of coyote puppies has made its appearance.  I think they are denning across the lake as the mother hangs out past the far end of the dam just outside of the woods.  The boldest 4 of the 6 puppies (!) have crossed the dam and come to hunt and play in our back yards.  I am surprised the parents let them roam so far away.  It might take them 10 seconds to get over here if there was trouble, but I guess they are not too worried about us after all this time.  I took some pictures, but even with my telephoto lens, they hung down too close to the lakeside for really clear pictures.  If some manage to turn out, I’ll post them.  The last time they appeared in 2013, we saw them every afternoon for about 5 days.  I hope we get to see them at least that often.  These are younger than the 2013 group we saw early that July.

A mixed bag post – the primitive horse painting and more coyote puppies

Redone background

Redone background

I worked some on the background of the primitive horse this week.  It just was floating too much so I added a complementary lilac to the background.  It still didn’t seem quite enough.  I decided to add more of the mossy green I had originally placed around the base. Then more and more.  When it finally felt like I was on the verge of overdoing it I stopped.  I think I like it better now.

I caught something!

I caught something!

I thought I’d add an update on the puppies today, too. We have seen them several more times in the last few days – once for almost an hour as they wandered about the back yard, hunting and playing.

On top of the wood pile

On top of the wood pile

It turns out that there are actually 5 of them.  Once when they were out and wandered farther away from the woods, a doe ran top speed across the lawn past them.  Soon afterwards mom and dad came out from just where we thought they might be watching and moved them back closer to the woods.  That’s when we saw the fifth one.  It must not be quite so bold as the others.  I was glad to see the parents.  As we suspected, the pups are not unsupervised and the parents are keeping a close watch from just inside the woods where we can’t see them.

A Coyote on frozen pond

I’ve been working so hard on the bookmarks that little else has happened in the studio.  Since I am up to date on that, here is another look at the wildlife at Wild Crane Overlook Studio.

We were sitting down to lunch one cold February afternoon and I looked out over the lake. I could see a large canine down by the shallow end of the lake, but I couldn’t tell if it was a dog or a coyote. Since I have been hoping to get a picture of the local coyote population to publish, I ran and got the binoculars. Sure enough it was a VERY large coyote so another run for the camera ensued and a switch to the telephoto lens was quickly accomplished. (It is tough knowing what lens to leave on the camera since I have a macro, a wide angle zoom and a telephoto and rarely is the proper one on.) I managed to switch the lens before he loped off into the woods. It’s not the best of shots but it’ll do for now.  I later heard that there were three others in the vicinity, but I didn’t see the rest until a few days after this.

A BIG coyote

I really wanted to post a picture of the coyote because a year and a half ago we had the most special experience right outside our door. Our daughter was living with us for a few months until her condo was ready to close. I was up early too and working at the sink when I saw a coyote racing back and forth in the trees at the front of the house. It disappeared and then, shortly later, it or another reappeared, still dashing back and forth in a very peculiar manner. I called attention to it to my daughter and we watched the coyote race around. We soon found out why. It disappeared again and a minute or two later we saw three coyote puppies tumble out of the trees.  I called for her to come and look and ran to the bedroom to get my husband.  The puppies ran up towards the house and ended up right outside the bathroom window less than two feet from where we stood.  A fourth showed up and as the three of us squeezed into the bathroom around the one window, we watched them play in my flower beds.  One even got up onto the porch deck.  We stood mezmerized for the several minutes they gamboled up next to the house.  I never even thought about the camera , just enjoying this very special moment.  Suddenly they all looked up into to the line of trees and raced off.  Mom and dad must have been calling.  John swears he saw a fifth as they ran away.  You could have knocked us over with a feather.  These days, when I hear them howling in the middle of the night, I wonder if any of the pack could be one of the ones we all saw up close and very personal.