Yesterday, I was told about an art contest which artists are to use any art medium [I used my colored pencils that are sitting around for my coloring books...lol] and submit Texas Native Plants or Wildflowers. I know I don't have a chance to win 'cause I've seen some of the local artwork on displays and exhibits in galleries. No matter....it gave me something to do since the morning air was cold and bitter and I wanted to wait before I went out for my daily walking routine. This wildflower is seen just about everywhere!! It's called a Fire Wheel [or, aka, Indian Blanket]. And, it's become one of my favorites. I used the image I shared in my previous post as a guide for color and form. This is the result and my entry in the contest. Winners won't be chosen until late February by email I guess...
My walking hikes this past couple of days consisted of getting my 10000 steps in yesterday at the MALL. Big mistake. Friday!! Afternoon!! It was packed!!! I walked around the two levels three times and still came up short on total. But, I had to get out of there. lol I'm not one for crowds. Especially when they all act like they know not where they want to go and stop right in front of you...or stop and chat, blocking the pathway. I did go into Forever XXI, and bought me a gold chain for a locket that needed to be replaced. Then...got out and headed for the grocery store. There I picked up my daily total. The mall walkers were a bit too 'squirrely' for me to cope with for long...
On Thursday, the wind was even MORE COLD. Bud stayed home and being that he can't take cold at his age, I was glad he decided to be a homebody for the day. In fact it was so cold and windy that I cut my walking short. But I really REALLY spotted a LOT of birds. In the short time I was out in the wind I tallied around thirty different species!!! Got plenty of photos of course. But, my down vest and stocking cap wasn't keeping me warm enough, I left for home after about an hour. Some panoramic views from just one area - - -
Egrets, Blue Heron, Avocets
Ibis, Egrets, Avocets
Blue Heron and Roseate Spoonbill
Avocets and White Ibis
White Ibis, Egrets, Avocets and Stilts
- - - the remaining images I'll save for my birding blog.