Yesterday Truman and I went out on another local expedition. We started at Magnuson Park, where a Solitary Sandpiper had been seen for several days at a specific pond. Well, there are many ponds in the wetlands area there, and after reading the various reports, I thought I was at the right one, but no sandpiper could be seen. (When another report came in later, I realized we were in the wrong spot.)
That was okay, as I've seen Solitary Sandpipers before (was just hoping for a photo, which I don't have). But there was compensation -- as I was strolling back to the car, I glanced over at a stretch of dry yellow grass, and noticed a very dark lump that didn't quite fit. I often see good birds this way -- by looking at the landscape and seeing something that looks a little off. This time, when I got my bins on the lump, I was rewarded:
The lump was a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk strolling through the grass. Wonderful sight.
Next, we headed off to my main goal for the day -- to check out the Woodland Park rose garden as a potential sketching spot.
It was nice and quiet and not too hot. Truman and I enjoyed our stroll around the gardens.
It did have wonderful views for sketching. I tried to draw the pool below, but it turned out way too complicated (there's a stone wall behind the pool with classical relief sculptures which I tried to include) and turned out messy so I'm not sharing it!
Instead, I'll share the mausoleum I drew back on Saturday when Tina and I visited the Washelli cemetery:
By the time we headed back to the parking lot, it was getting to lunch time. I had brought a sandwich along, and I realized that I could take a route home that went past Carkeek Park -- we could stop there to eat. So we did!
We had lovely views of Puget Sound.
Someday I will get back to the rose garden and do a better drawing there!