Saturday, December 20, 2008
This was the first meeting for Isaiah with my folks, his great grandparents!
Arriving at our favorite bed and breakfast, The Ruffled Duck Inn (www.ruffledduckinn), in
From here we took some time to explore a little of
The Waterfowl Festival was wonderful. We enjoyed seeing our friends and collectors and in spite of the difficult economy and iffy weather many came out to enjoy the events and see what’s new. New in the booth this year was
“A Mighty Roar”,
and a new mini dog, “Bumble”.
Our favorite photographer, Brenda, came by and took her annual pictures of us in the booth. Thanks Brenda!!
(photos of Karryl in the booth and Karryl and Vic taken by Brenda Ashworth)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This November Vic took his first real vacation in what seems like forever. We chose to spend some time in Chincoteague. The appeal was the hiking trails, a great place to see the ocean and of course WILDLIFE.
The ponies stayed their distance this trip. The birds however put on a spectacular show. We spent a lot of time taking photos of great blue heron fishing. Vic spent lots of time taking pictures of me taking pictures of everything else.
Vic was thrilled to see the Sika deer and the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel.
We watched shore birds and enjoyed the ocean view.
There’s a wonderful loop that is only open to vehicles after 3 pm. This makes it a wonderful place to walk. We followed the road around and were treated to hundreds of snow geese. It gave us goose bumps watching the arrival of new geese and the larger flock on the ground would rise.
Continuing around the loop, we came upon a snapping turtle! He demonstrated his wonderful jaw chomping ability when
another hiker moved him off the road so when the road opened to vehicles he wouldn’t get into trouble.
After a few days there, we decided to explore the more north entrance to Assateague.
There we walked trails by dunes and I climbed a tree. Well, it was there. Ponies were closer there. In fact they tried to hitch a ride.
From there we checked in at our favorite bed and breakfast in Oxford (the Ruffled Duck, more on that later!) as a base for a day explore before setting up for the Waterfowl Festival in Easton.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Early in the month Vic and I took advantage of lovely fall weather and some amazing fall color. A short hike took us to an historic location, the spot where the first shot of the French and Indian War occurred. Spooky.
We also stopped at our favorite demonstration farm to visit cows, pigs and sheep.
Since I didn’t get to spend my usual summer in Loveland doing the sculpture shows and catching up on foundry work, I had to fit work in this fall. I was a little late for elk bugling, but a ride into the mountains upon first arriving allowed me a last glimpse at the sparkling gold of the aspen leaves before they fell.
I spent much of the time completing my new pieces;
“A Mighty Roar” (7"H)“Itchy Colt” (6.5"H)
and two Gemsbok (oryx, antelope) that are based on a thick piece of black granite with rough cut sides. They are quite dramatic.
These will be with me along with many of my other works at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD November 14-16.
Labor Day weekend was the start of a lot of exciting activity. Vic and I headed for
“MMM…Tasty” was not only accepted into the show, but was chosen to be a part of the tour. Select pieces will be shown in a number of Museum’s around the country over the coming year. I am honored to be chosen.
Vic left the day after Labor Day and I stayed with his family.
Later in the week Sarah joined me in a drive to
A few weeks later was the opening reception for the Artists for Conservation show at the
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
July I headed for LA for the birth of my first grandchild. Isaiah David made his arrival and is, of course, the most beautiful baby ever. Mom Heather and Dad Ammar are thrilled with their little bundle of joy. They are holding up to the challenges well (Isaiah has PKU, very rare and unexpected).
Isaiah was greeted by his family.Grandma Raida was there to help out. After I arrived Grandpa Ramzi arrived too. Then Aunt Tamara, Uncle Jason and cousins Layla (4) and Jenna (about 5 weeks) and Grandpa David arrived as well. It was a full house!
Just 6 days after he was born, we all celebrated the birth of Isaiah's best friend Max, born to Heather's best friend Stephanie and Zach. Stephanie's Mom Dianna is my best friend, so we have 3 generations of best friends! That's the best kind of family!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
The free flight show was a treat. The ground hornbill opened the show followed by anamazing array of colors and feathers. A bit of humor mixed with an environmental message made it a great show. Afterwards we got up close and personal with some of the cast. Here is a spectacled owl. Sweet.
We grabbed a quiet lunch (yes there are quiet out of the way places there) with some ibis, egrets sparrows and sneaky (but fun) black birds. Down the way another treat. Otters!!!