My dad and I picked these Anemones last weekend on a night walk with his dog for this Jugtown pitcher. -I noticed the pitcher first while cleaning up after dinner and decided we’d better go out and cut some flowers for it. I have never noticed the Japanese Anemones in his garden before but he says they’ve been there for 20 years.
Sketched this morning while reading a newspaper article about the capture, handing and release of about 700 of these little owls locally.
The banding part is meant to help with data collection. It is a good thing for the birds, I read. I wonder then, why this practice makes me feel weak?
I can’t imagine the terror the owl might experience when caught or the strange heaviness it can’t understand or remove from its leg once “successfully banded and released”. In the air, the dynamics of flight must change and then there is the worry of the band catching on something or chafing, or as a material, responding to temperature differently from the living leg it is attached to.
Sketches from another wonderful trip to the RISD Museum department of Prints Drawings and Photos. Much of the work they pulled for our sketch class was under 8″x10″-so exciting to see the hand of the artist in this intimate way, as peering right over their shoulder.