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Thanks Lawrence, Kay and Virginia! The bokmakierie is one of my favorite birds and has quite a repertoire of calls.
The flooding from all the snow you had in winter?
You do have some friendly critters in your neighborhood. I heard a jackal call during the night and the dogs didn't even bark this time.
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A jackal! That would be so cool to see in the wild. I like your dogs, they are so cute! and brave too.



It's a combination of snow melt and rain. It has rained and rained and rained. Normally on the Iowa side, Davenport, there is some flooding and places like the Figge Museum are actually built to withstand flooding, which is good because in there, among many treasures and masters, is my favourite painting Marc Chagall's "Blue Horse" 1926-28.

They usually put up temporary flood walls called Hesco barriers, essentially gigantic plastic and sand blocks. But the the other day part of that barrier collapsed and within fifteen minutes the downtown was underwater, there were cars floating and everything, it came in so fast.

The Figge is fine and is still open the road on the other side of it, is aptly named High street and it is very high so it doesn't flood. The Figge is circled in red on the photo. The baseball stadium is also built to withstand flooding and is fine but the other businesses are having a rough time of it. The yellow line in the photo is where the Mississippi river edge usually is.

This photo is from our local newspaper, the Quad City Times.

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Years ago we were standing outside in the garden at the gate, when a hare came charging past followed by a jackal. It took the dogs a few seconds to register who to chase and jackal fled for his life!
This morning hubby mentioned that we didn't have more than 250ml of rain for the past season(10 inches) Our farm dams don't have enough water for the winter.
That flooding looks awful. I'm sure you've heard about Cyclones hitting Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique with Beira devastated.
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Hi everyone, I didnít see the flooding. I changed my tv stations so I donít get the latest minute to minute news like on CNN but we have traveled in the area before and the Midwest has had a lot of wet weather this year. Iíve been to Bonaparte, Iowa and when we were there the river overflowed itís banks. If any one is ever near there it is an interesting Iowa town with a historic pottery shop that has been renovated. An archeological group did a dig there and found many old vessels from when the shop was at its peak. Last time I was there they were having artists from all over come in and teach.
The pelican paintings are really nice Kay and Tuscany.
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Nice pictures. I painted a grossbeak for a presentation in Las Vegas. He lives at Mt Charleston. ( both the bird and the painting)
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Thatís a lot of water Virginia!
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Here is the old schoolhouse, 2.75x3.75 watercolor done this afternoon



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Cyclones are terrifying, those poor people.

I'm not too far from Bonaparte, I'll have to check it out. Thanks Floblue!

Mary, all of a sudden we have grosbeaks everywhere. They've been chasing everyone. I'm just glad the birds showed up, we had to cut down a huge maple where they hung out. I wasn't sure if they would come back here.

Kay, what a beauty! Love the lighting and that bright patch of green is perfect.
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Thanks Virginia!

Here is a better scan. I had set it on Illustration mode/Home

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Love it, Kay!
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Nice church, Kay. Found a spare half hour and did this on leftover pearlised card (4" x 5.75"). Coloured pencil. Very quickly done. Also used a bit of water to soften the pencil malleability and which gives it that smudged effect especially around the highlighted face. Still to do the Oriole but having trouble focusing at the moment. Regards.
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Lovely version of the old schoolhouse Kay, lovely colors.
Lawrence, you caught the image of the man very well.
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Thanks Lawrence and Lil!
Love your treatment of this guy, Lawrence. He looks happy.
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Lawrence, he looks so good. You have such a talent for faces!
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Lawrence - love your little portrait!
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