Sunday, February 13, 2011

Roadrunners and Turacos

On our way to San Luis Reservoir for a zebra mussel veliger sampling,  my colleague and I were driving on Hwy 152 when a large blue colored bird flew over our vehicle.  As soon as we looked back, we immediately knew it was a roadrunner.  I've seen them on the ground usually so I was amazed to see one flying, especially over a busy highway.  Seeing this bluish bird in flight reminded me a lot of the great blue turaco I used to encounter often in Gabon's forest.  To some people, smell is something that brings back memories.  To me, it is the sense of vision that brings back more vivid memories.  This painting is called "Pacheco runner", watercolor 16"x12".

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