Adult White-crowned Sparrow studies (Zonotrichia leucophrys leucophrys). Watercolor, gouache, and ink on tan paper, 11 x 7.5″, 2011.
Top image: Four studies of an immature White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys, probably subspecies gambelii). Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on tan paper, 11 x 7.5″, 2011. Bottom image: detail of same drawing.
Traversing the country, drawing lines of a sort and making scrawls on a geography vast enough to spur both awe and despair, I have been keeping lists. This is a Big Year. It is not a year in which I am trying to break records for numbers of bird species seen, as that would be [...]
They are beautiful, those Texas trees, that Texas light. Eastern Texas – not Gulf Coastal Eastern Texas, not Piney Woods Eastern Texas, not Hill Country Texas, but the middle of cow country near Austin near Houston near Dallas but a good distance from all of them Texas – has an identity somewhere between highly local [...]