Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alaska Ptarmagin


©A.K.SIMON - Alaska Ptarmagin 0 8"x8" - oil on linen $100



“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 
                             
                                                                                ― Robert Lynd

Day two and what a rush to get this done and it may get some more tweaking before it's all over. I painted with the upstairs painters all morning the did this this evening. I'm pushing the time frame but at least I got something done.

I asked hubby what he thought of this painting and he said, "well yesterday's was really nice but I just think you can't do much with this one because it's just one ugly bird." It's in the grouse family and I don't really believe in "ugly birds" so I'm sure it's something I've done. It really is a stark white bird in the winter and brown in the warmer months. Here's some info about it.

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Alaska/bird_willow_ptarmigan.html

The willow ptarmigan was designated the official state bird of Alaska in 1955. There are three kinds of ptarmigan and all can be found in Alaska - the willow ptarmigan and rock ptarmigan (which are also found in Scandinavia, Russia, and northern Eurasia), and white-tailed ptarmigan (found only in North America). The famous red grouse of Scotland is a race of the willow ptarmigan.

Ptarmigan are arctic grouse. The willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) changes color from light brown in summer to snow white in winter for effective camouflage from predators. Another distinctive feature is its feathered toes. In winter months the willow ptarmigan eats mosses and lichens, willow buds and twigs, a little birch; seeds and berries when available. In summer their diet expands to vegetable matter and occasionally caterpillars or beetles.

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