Seeking: The Thrill of the Hunt!
This week the weather was back to a glorious bright winter days and after the abundance of rain last week, here at The Bishop’s Ranch, my mind turned to treasure hunting, golden wondrous treasure! Golden chanterelle treasure that is. I gathered up my gear, a knife, a stiff bristle brush and a paper bag, I threw in my bird guide and a pair of binoculars for good measure. I was ready for treasure of both of the leafy loamy, fungus kind, and feathery flighty kind. I have written about the satisfactions of mushroom hunting and amateur birding before but it continues to thrill me. What is so wondrous is to discover a bounty freely given by the earth to anyone willing to seek and ready to find. The pursuit of mushrooms is similar to the inclination to bird watch. With birds, as with mushrooms, the quarry is there, it’s there whether we are looking or not, it’s there whether we are attending to its beauty and bounty, it’s there whether we are paying attention or not. Bounty and beauty are freely given, the little joys of life flit about and abound in the loamy leafy places all around, but we have to be prepared for the harvest, ready for the sightings. We need our spiritual binoculars to search the skies and our stiff bristle brushes at the ready to dig through the leaf litter and find life’s little gems right under our noses. I won’t tell you if I found any chanterelles or what kind of birds I spied… it doesn’t matter anyway, it’s the seeking that matters!
I did this Quail “painting” on my ipad! I’m having a lot of fun with this new medium. I found a great way to present these pieces, there is a new process of printing on metal that gives the art a hard ultra sturdy surface and a lovely glow. My web master husband promises to have the Quail and other birds up on my wesite this weekend along with last weeks January painting …. until then other ipad painting are showing there so go to my website to check it out! http://lisathorpe.com
This entry was posted on February 3, 2012 by lisathorpeartist. It was filed under Art, Inspiration and was tagged with California Quail, golden chanterelles, ipad art, ipad drawing, printing on metal, The Bishop's Ranch.