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Canada Geese—And a Sort-of Quiz

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Above: gesture drawings of Canada geese, made from my Subaru as they walked by. Read more about this below. Scanner cut of text at right: "walked past the car." Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Today marks 9 months of more than daily posting and I have some questions (and a prize) for readers at the end of this post, but first…

Yesterday I drove out to White Bear Lake (about 30 minutes from my home) a small town that is now really a north east satellite suburb of the Twin Cities metro area. It still has lovely wild areas in it, however. On my drive home, while driving through a business park, I saw a gaggle of Canada geese crossing the road. I pulled over, slowing the car quickly and then gradually creeping forward. By the time I coasted to the gaggle, they were almost all across the road and feeding in the grass at the side of the road, next to my Subaru. The car was off, the windows closed, the temperature rising, but I didn’t want to frighten the geese with any mechanical noises. I reached for a pen and my journal and started to sketch. Sadly the pen I grabbed was an almost dried out .1 Staedtler Pigment Liner. These are fantastic pens, but even they have a life span, that pen was at the end of its time. The still stiff and fine point actually carved into the paper and I had to dig down to get firm black lines, but I managed to get some gestures of the birds as they moved past the car and towards the marshy and reed-filled depression they were living in, at the side of the office park. I even had a chance to slap some watercolor down, before the last one walked through the wall of green weeds and disappeared.

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