Yesterday I decided to sketch another “Mama & Baby” photo from the book The Wisdom of Moms by Bridget E. Hamilton that my daughter sent to me when she was gone this summer. The page next to the photo is labeled Compassion. Part of the text gives us some insight into these wonderful mothers. It says,
“At first glance, a lumbering elephant seal does not seem like a compassionate, loving animal. But looks can be deceiving! Elephant seal rookeries are crowded with mothers and babies, but once her pup is born, mom learns his scent and listens for his signature cry that she can identify among the commotion. If a pup does get lost there is a chance it will be adopted by another elephant sea cow. The foster mother will suckle the pup and raise him as her own.”
As many of you already know, I love sea creatures. Sea lions are such beautiful animals. The few times I have visited San Francisco in the past, I have seen huge groups of California sea lions bundled together and lying on the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf. So I know this to be true about the nature of these beautiful mothers.
Someday I hope to live on the coast in California…somewhere! I also hope to swim in the ocean again. It is pretty amazing.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
Here is some information about the state of sea turtles, conservation, and the device called a TEDs or turtle excluder devices that help prevent turtle bycatch, turtles that get caught in fishing nets. When this happens, the turtles get tangled up in them and will drown if they are not released. The TED helps save sea turtles, and I am glad someone came up with this great idea!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!! 🙂
I was just sketching for fun the other night, and this is what I came up with! 🙂
Silly Sea Lion
A Koala Bear for my Australian friend, Christine, at http://zenschoolforcreatives.wordpress.com/
DRAWING IS SUCH FUN!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE, AND GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A HUG!!!
Here’s my new watercolor painting! The sea lion is from a photograph that I bought at an art show, but unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the artist! She signed it, but I can’t read it. So that’s the best credit I can give for the photo. I did this yesterday in a few hours. A painting in one day! That’s a record for me!!
What do you think? The swelling waves were a real challenge!
The whole painting:
Close-up of the Sea Lion:
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a hug!