I was feeling the "blues" after returning from a great art show (St. Peters in Lewes Delaware) and family visit two weeks ago, and decided to shake it off by going fishing at a nearby bay which feeds into Lake Ontario.
I found a secluded fishing spot down a narrow path which led to a small area large enough for one person to sit on a rock and fish quietly.
I cast a spinner lure into the water and was enjoying the solitude as I watched a crayfish and minnow interact with each other on a submerged rock near my feet.
A few minutes went by and I heard an unusually close HONK coming down the narrow trail which led to where I was sitting. As I turned to look over my right shoulder, I saw an entire Canadian Goose family wobbling down the path directly towards me. I don't think they knew I was there!
They got down nearly to the rock next to me, realized I was there and stopped cold as the goslings piled up bumping into each other wondering why Mom and Dad hit the brakes so fast.
We looked at each other for many minutes- I sat motionless- and they eventually took hesitant steps into the water right in front of me, glancing nervously at me as they floated away quickly, single file. I was lucky enough to capture a few great shots with my cell phone- no zoom lens needed!
So... sketches are already underway! Thank you Mother Nature, for re-inspiring me to get back to my art table!
Enjoy the rest of July... it sure is going by fast!
A. E. West
Fine Artist with interests in Conservation, History and Nature paints subjects from coastal Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.