Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Perentie (Australian wildlife)

I'm scanning photos taken with a film camera during a visit to Australia in the late 1990s. Here's a record of a fantastic encounter with wildlife. The Perentie is Australia's largest lizard, second largest in the world after the closely related Komodo Dragon. I came across this one as I was leaving Trephina Gorge east of Alice Springs in central Australia. It let me walk along with it, thought when I got too close once, it raised its haunches and hissed loudly. I stopped and let it wander off into the bush.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Little Patuxent River; a Change in the View of the Lake

The Little Patuxent River, as it flows along the east side of Lake Kittamaqundi. A nice scene here, but our small rivers and streams are susceptible to excessive flow from all the storm drains in the area. Stream banks often have a gouged out look as a result of the heavy erosion. You can see the artificial bank installed here to mitigate that effect.

Below: The taller but mostly dead tree which provided a point of interest and a perch for eagles and ospreys finally fell over some time last week. The first picture shows the view last Thursday evening. The second was taken early in June of this year. The view is from the path by the Sheraton Hotel. (The tag -- towards the north end of the lake -- on this post will show variations on a theme.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Columbia Artists' Gallery this month: an interesting grouping

The oil paintings of flowers in close-up are by Marian Gliese. The "char-kole pastel" drawings of human figures are by Cathy Z. Sawdey. They are for sale, and the exhibit comes down late next week to make way for the gallery's next one. (Photos taken with permission from gallery staff.)

Here's another view with a better look at the stained glass piece by Denise Tarbell.