So yesterday we were at …

The Nation Eagle Center in Wabasha. Yes, there is a city named Wabasha. I’d like to say that we saw lots and lots of eagles but we got wet instead and there wasn’t much flying which kinda sorta seemed stupid to me. Why weren’t they flying around? Don’t eagles get hungry when it’s raining. The only eagles that we saw were the two that the handler demonstrated for us. I used my zoom on my Nikon and didn’t even see a squirrel where the eagles normally hang out.

Well. At least I got a cool tee shirt out of it.

Art Sunday: Alfred Sisley – Grand Jatte

Alfred Sisley was an Impressionist landscape painter who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air (i.e., outdoors). He deviated into figure painting only rarely and, unlike Renoir and Pissarro, found that Impressionism fulfilled his artistic needs.

Among his important works are a series of paintings of the River Thames, mostly around Hampton Court, executed in 1874, and landscapes depicting places in or near Moret-sur-Loing. The notable paintings of the Seine and its bridges in the former suburbs of Paris are like many of his landscapes, characterized by tranquillity, in pale shades of green, pink, purple, dusty blue and cream. Over the years Sisley’s power of expression and colour intensity increased.

He died on 29 January 1899 of throat cancer in Moret-sur-Loing at the age of 59, a few months after the death of his wife. His body was buried with that of his wife at Moret-sur-Loing Cemetery.