Sunday, 7 October 2012

Day 7 - Pelican - Blogtoberfest

It was another scorcher today!!

I decided to clip my dog, Cody, with the new, but dirt-cheap, trimmers I bought online a few weeks back. Let me just say that, in this case, I got what I paid for. They wouldn't even cut Cody's fur! They kept jamming up from the get-go even though I'd followed the instructions to the letter.  Needless to say, I was not happy and had to resort to Cody's usual scissor-trim which I was not in the mood for, considering the hot day.  I had bought the trimmers to make it easier on my hands as the scissors tend to cause arthritis flare-ups.  I also wasn't impressed that the so-called bottle of oil they included in the kit was totally empty and looked like it had never seen a drop of oil in its life. Beau gave me his trimmer oil to use before I discovered how useless the trimmers were.  Ah well, a lesson learned but at least Cody is happy to be rid of all his fur.

Below are a few pics of lantana flowers growing near the creek close to where we live.
Hard to believe that these beauties are considered a noxious weed here.
The lantana flower always makes me think of a mandala.


I sketched this 'lantana manala' last November

02.11.11 lantana mandala


My pen/ink sketch today is of one of my top three favourite birds.

A pelican!

#7 pelican

68 more pen/ink sketches to go!!

Do you have a favourite bird??


~ Love, light and peace ~

21 comments:

  1. we dont have lantana here - its soo pretty!

    Pelicans - we have them over here and they perch on the high lights over the freeway..so funny to see them up so high! I think they like the warmth from the lights!

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    1. ps does the lantana have a perfume to it?

      krissie again!

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    2. The flowers are very pretty though the bush itself can look very wild it it spreads fast too which if probably why it's classified as a weed here. Lantana is stinky! lol Well, it's a rather pungent odour...some like it, some don't.

      OH yes, the pelicans love to rest up high on the lamp posts at the bay-side areas we visit. They either like the warmth of the lights or they like to take in the sights. lol

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  2. The lantana is gorgeous...I love the various colours and shades all in one blossom stalk. Yes, I love the pelican too...we don't have any with us here but love watching them when we travel south. They're such characters!

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    1. Those pelicans sure have character, especially when there's food around.

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  3. harpy eagles are my favourite birds, gorgeous creatures :)

    when i think of pelicans, i think of the video of one eating a pigeon, was very odd to see

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    1. WOW...I've never seen a pelican eat a pigeon, thank goodness.

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  4. Love the feathers and the bill. What a good drawing!

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  5. i'd send you the link of the pelican and the pigeon, but its very odd to see and some people get a little freaked out by it (no blood or anything like that)

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    1. Yeah, I think I'd prefer not to see it...don't want it turning me off pelicans. ;)

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  6. I'm so jealous you are into spring and we're losing our flowers here! :))
    I love lantana and you sketch is terrific!! great colors, great photos. Keep them coming Serena!

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    1. Thanks, Fran! I'm noticing a lot of plants sprouting new growth...love it!

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  7. What a lovely Lantana sketch! I just love this flower too! I love all birds (even the ugly ones), but I am totally smitten by little painted buntings! I am awaiting their arrival here in south Florida and to my feeder...every minute now, I am on the watch for them!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I love all birds too...even the ugly ones and the ones most people view as pests. Enjoy those painted buntings! xo

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  8. I'd never thought of the mandala connection, but you're absolutely right. I loved your lantana sketch.
    And Mr Pelican is very handsome too.
    Clever you.
    xxx

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  9. Hi Serena:) I love the lantana sketch. Beautiful colors. Your pelican is also very nice. I love them too because of their big beak. My favorite bird is my very own parrot Pino:)

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    1. Thanks, Renate! I'm sure Pino gets spoiled rotten...parrots are so clever!

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  10. I remember that sketch and those pretty flowers that are considered pesky weeds! Beautiful!

    The pelican sketch is great. I remember them from trips to Florida when I was a kid. They seemed so comical to me. Now you have me wondering what your other two favorites are? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Rita. My other two favourites are the fairy wren and the kingfisher, however, I do love all birds...well, ALL animals, if it comes down to the grand scheme of things. Did you know the kookaburra is the largest bird in the Kingfisher family?

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