Took the tender from the ship to the dock and caught the early tour to Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery. Our driver, a 5th generation Falklander, gave us a good idea of what life was like on this barren windswept island. We saw King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Upland Goose, Brown Skua, Dolphin Gull and Black-throated Finch. We visited the Museum in Stanley and a walked along the shore. Saw the flightless Steamer Ducks and Antarctic Tern as well as several cormorants, or shags. Had lunch at a local hotel and took the tender back to the ship. Had time to do a watercolor sketch of the islands before departure. It was a beautiful sunny day, but we were told they had several inches of snow earlier in the week.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.