Well, we managed to find a nice secluded spot along the river this past week, with ample space for friends Tom and Sharon to join us while being able to socially distance. So for a couple of blissful hours, life almost felt normal. It was both relaxing and fun and amazingly we were even able to tube for a tiny distance! I was thrilled to be on the tube once again going down the few whitewater sections, and Wes and I both enjoyed the short ride several times over, before snorkeling for a while. The water was quite frigid, so I opted at first to float belly down on my tube while watching the numerous fish swim below.
Eventually, I worked up enough courage to fully submerge myself in the icy water so I could freely swim around while snorkeling. While I was watching a couple of small fish fight over a bright green caterpillar, all of a sudden a beautiful nice-sized rainbow trout swam up, and snatched the worm right out of the one little fish’s mouth before it even knew what happened! The trout sucked in the bright little worm and it was gone in an instant. I was delighted to have been in the right place at the right now, and have seen that rare sighting!
We recently watched a documentary by David Attenborough on dragonflies and damselflies, and I couldn’t believe it when I got to watch in realtime, a beautiful dragonfly lay her eggs in the stream. I got my GoPro and started videoing her, and amazingly she kept flying right up to the camera and performing her egg-laying ceremony right in front of it! I got so tickled at her and kept having to back up a wee bit to get her in focus. She did it time and time again, and I was delighted to be able to watch her for several minutes while getting some great video footage of her. I’m planning to make a short video of the different clips, but here’s a wee clip of her in action below, and I’ll share the longer with you one once I have it made.
It was a wonderful outing and so nice to be able to do something different and outdoors, while safely spending time with friends. Most of our time this past week though has been spent here in the studio working on the mini-documentary featuring some of our paintings in our Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition now at the Shafer Art Gallery in Great Bend, KS, where it will be July 9 – August 15. Once it’s finished I’ll be sharing it with you as well.
Would you like to enjoy your own special miniature painting?
Until Next Time . . .