adubon, artist in nature, brown wood rail, observing wildlife, orange-fronted wood rail, poza honda ecuador, Solitude, thoreau
The worse my drawings were, the more beautiful did the originals appear. – John James Audubon
The above sketch, left in Casa Poza Honda’s guest book, seemed appropriate since the owl dropped in to say, “Welcome!” on my first visit to what would become my new home. This area has yet to be invaded by the snaking tentacles of telephone and broadband cables, which is a blessing, yet it has altered my ability to stay in touch with the outside world.
Since I take great comfort in complete immersion and solitude in nature, I have appreciated the opportunity to apply Thoreau’s attitude, ‘…to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach…’
This beautiful forest, a place to connect deeply with nature, supplies a perfect environment to study the flora and fauna. As soon as I am settled, I hope to present what affects me strongest via drawings and studies. That is not easily done when interacting with the world on a daily basis, so I am grateful to reclaim a life that gives me total focus without distractions.
Almost every morning is spent in complete silence as I merge with the rhythms of the natural surroundings. Before the daylight has wiped all traces of night from the scene, the Whooping Motmots can often be seen perched near the house. By 6:15, the Brown Wood Rails tip-toe into the yard on their predictable paths. Photos in such low light are always lacking, so I now watch quietly and appreciate their unique beauty.
After the first hour of absorbing, watching, listening, I usually venture outside and take an extremely-slow amble downhill. Continue reading