Red in Tooth and Claw

Mother Nature is a harsh mistress. Coyotes have been snapping up the goslings. Foxes are shrieking in delight over whatever unfortunate creature they caught. The red-shouldered hawk keeps eyeing the mallard ducklings, but has been unsuccessful catching one so far.

Canada Goose Family on pond with the five goslings
Canada Goose Family on pond
geese with two goslings
Coyotes ate all but two goslings
goose stepping
Then there was only one remaining gosling

And now the gander is missing, too. But he might be out looking for safer surroundings.

At the Pence photographing murals
At the Pence photographing murals

I went with a friend to Davis to see four ceramic shows. We went to the Davis Art Center, the Artery, John Natsoulas Gallery, and the Pence Gallery. Then we went to the western end of the arboretum to see the ceramic covered rest room and the collaborative tile installation.

teapot show white box
Stuey regards teapot at the Pence in Davis

I really enjoyed the show at the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Margaret Keelan ceramic figure at the John Natsoulas Gallery
Margaret Keelan ceramic figure at the John Natsoulas Gallery
Hiding behind Big Heads at the Artery
Hiding behind Big Heads at the Artery

Both “Black Sweater” and “Nancy” were awarded Best of Show in the California Clay Competition, hosted by the Artery in Davis. I was happily surprised.

Getting my feet wet
Getting my feet wet

I got to dip my toes in the Pacific. Something I hadn’t done in a very long time.

Sonoma Coast with gulls
Sonoma Coast with gulls

It was lovely.

Just like a Jack Stuppin painting
Just like a Jack Stuppin painting
More Stuppin vistas
More Stuppin vistas
Kondos or Thiebaud scenery
Kondos or Thiebaud scenery

Back through the delta and the valley, all the roadside scenes looked just like Gregory Kondos and Wayne Thiebaud paintings.

About to lay eggs
About to lay eggs

Spring brings out all the creatures in the yard.

Blue Belly Lizard takes the stairs
Blue Belly Lizard takes the stairs
Pond Turtles stacked with reflection
Pond Turtles stacked with reflection
Professor Jensen grading finals
Professor Jensen grading finals

And then there are the creatures that must toil away. This is what my son-in-law does when he comes to visit. Work, work, work. Not everyone gets to be a lazy artist.