What's black and white,
and polka dotted and striped
with a checkered patterned back
These could very well have been pictures taken in black and white except for the colour seen in the red eye of this adult breeding Common Loon. We had driven down to the shore, looking at the high waters at Oromocto when we saw what at first appeared to be two over sized looking decoys floating in the water there. But then with their slightest of movement we realized we had found two Common Loons.
With each dive the two loons came closer and we were able to enjoy wonderful close up views of these magnificently patterned, fish-eating birds.
Many works of art are inspired by nature. In her blog, Faith, Fabric and Photos, Mary often combines her interests of birding, blogging and quilting all together by presenting a wonderful mix of nature, design and humour. When thinking of the colours and patterns of the Common Loons we had seen; I was inspired to get out this blanket that my mother had pieced together many, many years ago. Within it I found the colours, and some patterns of Loons.