I am working on a new “Eyes” series to be unvieled this weekend at the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Christmas Show. It is being held at the Sportsplex in Bracebridge, ON, Saturday and Sunday. It was a juried show this year and I am pleased to be doing it for the second year in a row. I will have lots of my calendars and cards to go with the framed, unframed and canvas prints. I do hope to see some of my local friends there.
My new “Eyes” series includes both owls and mammals.
BLACK BEAR EYES
RED FOX EYES
Over the years, while working on many animals, I have taken the opportunity to take close-ups as well as wide-angle images in every composition. You never know when you might want to use something differently!
GREAT-HORNED OWL EYES
I have my new Epson 3880 printer hooked up and have given it a few test runs. I might give someone my Epson 2200 if they would like to pick it up and pay $10 each for all the new ink cartridges I have for it. I’ll have to do a better check but I have at least three whole sets of cartridges with Matte Black. If nobody is interested I’ll keep it and use up the cartridges!
On a totally different note, many of you have heard about my long-term problems with the Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association. A few years ago I thought this was all settled and a new trail had been put through but a month ago my neighbours and I found out that the MLSTA has received a grant from Ontario Tourism (our tax dollars at work) to put through a new trail on the new road allowance. It starts all over again with Delegations to Councill meetings, letters, phone calls and all the stressfull things that go with all of that. At least we have lots of support this time. One good thing about it is that I decided to take a fly-over to see just what everything looks like, presumably, before new work starts.
Although not a great photo, this is what my area looks like. The orange circle is around my house. The approximage location of the trail is the white line and it will make a half circle around my house.
We are aware that a wetland has been drained without a permit and are concerned that this could happen again. Multiple Species at Risk are involved. The list includes, Blandings, Spotted and Snapping Turtles, Hognose Snakes and Massassauga Rattlesmakes and Five-lined Skinks.
This image of a Massassauga Rattlesnake was taken a few yards from where the trail will cross my road. I have posted images of skinks, hognose snakes and Blandings turtles several times on this blog.
Good thing I have lots of other things to keep me busy and I’m enjoying the lack of snow so far!