Arrowhead Lake Sketch

Last Wednesday I stopped by Arrowhead Lake for just a few moments of nature tranquillity. This sketch may not look tranquil (the sky unleashed freezing rain, ice, and snow) but I was the only one in the parking lot. Yessssss. The mallard ducks didn't mind the weather either; the female followed the male all the … Continue reading Arrowhead Lake Sketch

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Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Today I had the chance to be at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL. It has been raining for hours, but does that make nature any less desireable? Why, of corse not! Quite the opposite actually, less people and more wildlife! I sat under shelter while sketching this scene. It took me about 45 minutes. … Continue reading Hike & Sketch at Lake Katherine

Sleeping Mallard Sketch

I found this pair of mallards sleeping on a branch in a pond right next to the trail. So close in fact, that I was able to walk right next to them and take a photo. As I approached the male, one eye opened...and then closed. Two seconds later the female's one eye opened...and then closed. … Continue reading Sleeping Mallard Sketch

Who’s the Dark Brown Duck?

In this picture from Lake Katherine I have a male mallard (right) with a head injury (see next picture), but the duck to the left I'm not sure about. It looks too dark to be a female mallard. Does anybody know what it is? These two were inseparable. Any help would be great. Thank you! … Continue reading Who’s the Dark Brown Duck?