Saturday, May 3, 2014
Deja Vu at the Bird Sanctuary
We stopped at the grocery to buy a picnic lunch, and I noticed that he made a bee line for our old favorite foods-- Fourth of July crackers and cheddar cheese, berries, a cookie for him. When we got to the pond we remembered an afternoon when we were there and I loaned him my sweater because it was too chilly for him, and the sweater hung down past his knees. Now he's a good five inches taller than I am. Once at the pond Jacob started taking pictures and I started sketching both the birds and him. We saw sand pipers, mallard ducks, yellow swallowtails already doing their puddling thing, and even a turtle.
After a while we moved to a new location, along the boardwalk by the lake. I drew an astonishingly large and complex tree (and Jacob added juice from a blueberry for a bit of color-- something he used to do when we both sketched and rubbed leaves and flowers on our pages for natural colors). Then Jacob spotted an amazing pile-up of our favorite turtles. It looked like there were maybe ten or so turtles on a rock; but then at one point we counted as 14 of them slid down into the lake, leaving10 or so more on what was actually a log.