Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Dead Creek at dusk
Oil on canvas
Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is a bit south of Burlington, Vt and in the summer parts of it are accessible to kayakers. According to Audubon Vermont, "In winter Dead Creek hosts resident and northern raptors including Snowy and Short-eared Owls, Peregrine and Gyrfalcon, Bald Ealges, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged hawks and mixed flocks of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. In summer the marsh supports populations of waterfowl, rails, waders, and representative songbirds. The grasslands support Grasshopper Sparrows and Upland Sandpipers."
I took reference photos one morning this summer while kayaking but ended up turning the final painting into an evening scene.