Monday, April 20, 2015

Short Beach

The other day it was nice and I knew I had to go out and paint. I drove up to Short Beach which is in the Town of Smithtown and will soon be off limits for me to visit without someone along who is a resident.  I called my friend who lives up there to come and meet me, and she did. Luckily I did most of the painting before she arrived. We spent the whole time she was there talking. I don't think we've seen each other since the fall, so we had a lot of catching up to do. 
The color of the beach grasses was great with the bits of water between them. Within an hour all the blue of the water was gone and there were just small puddles and mostly mud. The tide changes quickly. I was happy with the way this came out. This is 5 x 7.

While we were there we noticed a huge new osprey nest up on one of the poles in the parking lot. If you look carefully you can see one of the birds at the top edge of the nest. I'm always amazed by the size of their nests, and a lot of the parks here put up nesting poles for the osprey.

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  1. What a beautiful place - I know I would really enjoy going to Short Beach to paint, but to even just sit and watch the ebb and flow of the water woud be rather satisfying..
    Thanks for showing the nest. nature had a wonderful section showing how they built their nests and I was fascinated. Looking at this one I wonder if they picked the colored ropes at the lower area or... were they there?

  2. Lovely painting, Joan, and the nest was such a great find!

  3. This is really pretty, Joan! I'd be pleased with it too! Love to see osprey nests and know that the parks/govt. cares a bit too!

  4. Beautifully painted Joan. The water is amazing!!

  5. Thanks, Julie. I know they build flat platforms for the osprey nests because they are so big. They had been doing some dredging there last year, so the blue ropes may have been there from then.

    Tina, thanks!

    Sherry, I'm glad they do something to make it possible for them to nest. Thanks.

    Hilda, it is such a pretty spot. Thanks.