daily sketch #4: snail shell & juvenile hawk feather
I departed from botanicals today. At breakfast this snail shell on our shelf caught my eye. I asked my kids where it was from; I thought it might be from the lakes of Michigan, which we have visited for the past two summers, but wasn’t certain. Denali says its from our forests, but I am skeptical of that. I’ve never seen a snail shell of that size here in the southern Appalachians, and this shell looks as if it originated in the looser gravity of water. Shells here are flatter, not so pointy, as well as being smaller.
The origins of the hawk feather I know for certain, for I found a whole mess of them last spring on our trail by the river. All the feathers were small, and so I guessed them to be all that remained of a juvenile hawk, snatched by a fox, perhaps, or coyote. I found similar remains of a turkey not long after that. But I’m no ornithologist either, and it might be the feathers of a Cooper’s Hawk. They are much smaller, and according to Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology are apparently on a population upswing (They have a great website and backyard bird program, by the way!). I have seen some of these small, quick hawks frequently over the past couple of months.
This is just another meager sketch, but I am enjoying the practice immensely. I must rummage through my studio to find my good pencils. It’s been awhile since I used them. Perhaps, with daily practice, I will master the connection between the eye, the heart, and the hand.