|posing for the photo|
On the second day we were there, we decided we wanted to have lunch by the ocean. We were on the western side of the state so this meant driving several hours to get to the coast. We lunched on a peninsula north of Freeport Maine and enjoyed wonderful fresh seafood and views of the Atlantic. While shopping in Freeport later in the day, we came across a small shop selling moose antlers. They were not cheap but I immediately envision their use in the Art room and wanted one. Due to the price, I did not buy them but in regretted that decision as I drove back the several hours to the cabin in Rangeley. The antlers and photographing a moose remained on my mind. `
|Loon at sunset taken with iPhone|
You can learn more about the loon at this page from National Geographic. You will also be able to view a picture of a loon up close on the page.
We also were able to view a bald eagle with binoculars while out on the lake. It was magnificent. We saw the male but there was also a female and babies in the area.
Near our cabin were a number of deer which we enjoyed watching with their babies in the early morning. One morning I counted three female with five small babies. We also observed wild turkey with their new flock of little ones.
Our trip was winding down and soon it was time to return home. We were disappointed that we still had not spotted a moose although we were pleased with all our other sightings. I also continued to regret that I had not purchased to moose antler to bring into art class. As we headed down the highway leaving town, I spotted a crudely lettered sign, antlers for sale and quickly turned into the driveway. I was thrilled to be able to purchased this wonderful moose antler that I will be sharing with you when we return to school. Maybe you might try adding a drawing of it to your sketchbook this summer. A simple contour drawing would be fine. Remember, the contour is a continuous line that shows the outline of an object. You could also try to add some shading to show value or some texture. Study the photo closely to examine the texture of the antler. There a scrapes and groves where he has been in battle with another moose or may have scraped the bark off of a tree. These antlers are shed as the moose grow in size and the moose are not harmed to take the antlers.
|Moose on the side of the road in New Hampshire.|
So what have you done this summer? What have you seen? Pay attention and don't let the world around you slip by unnoticed. I'm wishing you many exciting sightings!