I got in a few days at the beach this week. This was before the heat hit and summer officially began.
One morning I was woken by the shooshing sound of a hot air balloon. I am sure they could see me in my nightie taking their photo.
All the wildlife is out and about. That includes the biggest ant I have ever seen. It was 1 1/2 inches. Yes, I measured it - but without getting too close.
I went for a change in direction with a pen drawing I had started a while back. I liked the composition but it needed some colour. I tried some watercolour on a throwaway sheet of the same paper but it couldn't handle it and the paint splotched horribly.
So I found myself returning to a medium I haven't used much in 25 years. Coloured pencils. I am curious to see how it goes.
The wallabies have been around a lot. I think it is because it has been rather dry for this time of year. I enjoy their company.
This beach day was what I consider perfect conditions. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with cold oceans, I never learned to swim in the surf so I am most comfortable with small waves and no rips.
And on my morning walk... a pademelon. They are kind of like small wallabies. They always seem so surprised to see me. I feel like saying 'I do live here you know'. (We have lived here for 15 years.)
And just 10 metres down the drive from the pademelon. I almost stepped on him and he still didn't move. I had to skirt around him. He is a python so not poisonous. They are nice snakes but this time of year it is possible he could be snappy.