Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Prairie Arroyo

Prairie Arroyo - watercolor

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Distant Hills

Distant Hills - watercolor

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Little Bear Antique Fair

Dan and I at our booth at the
Little Bear School House Museum 
Antique Show.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Baker's Pond

Baker's Pond - watercolor

Every prairie homestead had a place for
the livestock to quench their thirst, a great place
for the kids to catch frogs and tadpoles and
a great place for winter skating.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gathering Firewood

Lumberjacks, Gramma Denise and her cousin Kenny
cutting firewood for the long winter
at Burgess Ranch.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

When Summer Ends (repost)

When Summer Ends

As if stitched together with clouds spun to thread, the ruddy edge of the topaz sky fastened to the golden rolling prairie and melted into the jagged edge of the world.  The sun poured its molten rays onto the dry hot summer earth.  The landscape was adust.  Meadowlarks called in the distance and grasshoppers flew in short bursts, their wings crackling in the thick hot late summer air.  The summer had perfunctorily and ceremoniously worked its way to transformation.  Fall was in the air.

Soon the milkweed pods would release their fluffy prodigy to be carried by the prairie wind; hospitable or not, to a springtime nursery.  The grasshoppers would soon lie motionless on the hard baked prairie floor; their eggs deposited where they will rest the winter.  The doves fly south.  Now, only the throaty crow of a ring neck pheasant will break the silence of a crisp fall morning.  Later geese will gather in golden fields to feed before their long flight.

The timeless prairie wind persists.  Its hot breath takes on a crispness and carries summer into the colorful arms of fall.

copyright Terry Sutherland

Potted Flowers

Potted Flowers - watercolor.