Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Birds at Seaquarium

Seaquarium also shows birds which are not very interested in fish.

 Though he (she?) was hanging around at the shark pool, hoping for an easy dinner.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Change of pace

While remembering the wonderfull time I had in Florida and the Caribbean is taking a lot of my time, life does go on too and yesterday I finally had the opportunity to take a class with Prof. Albert Hoffmann again. Usually we are only three or four in the class, the last few sessions have been attended by more people. Yesterday there were 18 in class! Watercolor seems to make a comeback.
We started out with a landscape of the northern lower Austria:
to move on to my beloved venice after lunch:
which I also tried as grafic:
Not quite finished, but for now I'll leave it like that.
We moved on to greece and tried our hand at a stairway on the island of Hydra:
Much laughter ensued when we tried to remember the smell of the donkeys and the dirt on the stairs which carry tourists up and down those stairs. While I've never been to Hydra I remember it very well from Santorini.
To finish off the afternoon (and to remember a sweeter smell) we painted flowers:
Can you smell them?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


 The afternoon of the day in Miami we spent at seaquarium, seeing the different shows with dolphins,
 more dolphins,
 and a whale.
  The seaquarium also rescues turtles which have been hurt by boats and keeps the animals safe after they have healed.
 A shallow pool offeres the posibility to touch stingrays, which I did not attempt as from the pattern of their movements I had the feeling that they were rather stressed.
 In the trees above the turtle enclosure I discovered a hungry iguana.
But not only iguanas looked for food!
Seagulls at the first dolphine show waiting for a fish to be thrown,
 a heron checking out the box of fish athe the other dolphine show,
or another seagull watching while vistitors fed sealions.Looking rather comfy up there!