The Leshi's Temple

The Leshi's Temple
Dark Wolf

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Boreal Gold and Entebbe

My latest endeavor is tentatively called, Boreal Gold. It will be a Boreal Owl, known as Tengmalm's Owl in Europe. The painting will be 12x16". The plan is to add branches with Autumn leaves in front of the owl after I finish painting the bird and the stump. It will all be covered with a warm glaze.
I have some good enthusiasm for this one and it has progressed nicely so far.
The rest of this post will feature more photos from Entebbe and Lake Victoria in Uganda. Entebbe was the nicest town we visited in Uganda, loaded with birds like the Hammerkop above.
Yellow-billed Ducks and Black-winged Stilts on the shore of Lake Victoria.
Another BW Stilt.
What is this? In this photo you cannot see its long legs and toes. It is an African Jacana.
Another unusual bird, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater. They were very common around much of the country. They have a voice similar to a Laughing Kookabura.
An even more unusual bird, Black and White Casqued Hornbill. They were also very common, even in the cities.

The largest birds around were Maribou Storks. These young in the nest are just about ready to fledge. This nest was in the middle of Entebbe, in a tree right above the main highway.
From the largest to the smallest, a Collared Sunbird.
Another colorful bird, African Firefinch.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lonesome Lake and Victoria Lake

This afternoon I finally managed to finish, Lonesome Lake, 12x16". The painting may or may not be any good, but it does look better in life than this photo indicates.
Another photo in different light.
I will flesh out this post with a few photos of Lake Victoria in Uganda. Lake Victoria is the source of the Nile River. These are mostly Whiskered Terns in Entebbe.
I'm pretty sure that this is a Wood Sandpiper.
A Common Greenshank.
Spur-winged Lapwings and Black-winged Stilts.
A somber looking, African Openbill Stork.
Sacred Ibis and an Egyptian Goose in the middle. Sacred Ibis were revered in ancient Egypt where they are now extinct. They are certainly common in Uganda.
Yellow-billed Ducks.
A Scuacco Heron in Mabamba Swamp near Entebbe.
A Purple Heron at the same place.
Best of all, a Shoebill also in the Mabamba Swamp. Uganda is the best place to see this very rare bird.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Trip South

Unfortunately this is not about my trip south. It has been snowing all day and I wish I was headed south to someplace tropical. This post is a sampling of some photos from my friends, Jean and Scott. They flew past this islet with lighthouse off the coast of B.C. Canada.
Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, (they gave me the location of all their photos but I did not pay attention to that) they saw this nice Bull Elk.
Wherever it was they went, they saw some big ol trees. This is Jean.
Scott prepares to hug a tree.
After the Pacific Northwest, they went to the Southwest and saw some gracefully sculpted rocks.
Checking out a slot canyon. Way cool!
Best of all IMHO, Scott managed to get one quick shot of a Northern Pygmy Owl.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lonesome Lake and Colder Stuff

This is my latest painting, still in the early stages. The working title is, Lonesome Lake.
It is going to be a Bull Moose. The size is, 12x16".
The rest of these photos are just random frozen things like this river, ( I forget the name of it).
Another angle of the same river.
Some frozen waterfalls above the highway south of Anchorage.
Another one nearby.
Another one even further south.
Late afternoon sunlight on the hillside.
Another sunlit hillside across Turnagain Arm.
One last frozen photo. Burrrrr!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Alpha Dogs at Last

Before I get to the painting, I will show two photos of some unusual looking clouds that are out my back window.
Alaska is not known for having colorful clouds or interesting sunsets.
In the last post I showed a photo of the first layer of paint on this wolf's head. Now, after a marathon session today, it is finished.
The completed 16x20" painting, Alpha Dogs. Now I am off to dinner.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Alpha Dogs and Seward

Although life has been hectic, I have had a little time to work on my latest painting, Alpha Dogs.
This morning I laid down a few basic tones on this wolf which will be the main focal point of the painting. So far I have encountered few problems with it except making the time to put forth my best effort.
This wolf is mostly finished.
We made a quick trip to Seward. It is a long drive.
Resurrection Bay was calm as glass for a while in the early morning.
Common Murres in their Winter finery.
A bunch of Barrow's Goldeneyes in the harbor.
More Barrow's Goldeneyes along the coast.
It's always good to see Surf Scoters.
A pair of Harlequins kept their distance.
And finally, a Yellow-billed Loon in Winter colors.