|Kurt Plinke, Artist and Naturalist|
Thoughts About life, Art and Nature on the eastern shore
This weekend in Denton, Maryland is the annual Spring Gala, on Saturday evening. If you haven't attended in the past, you have missed some great food, good music, lots of great artwork, and all of the best that Caroline County has to offer.
Over the past weekend, my son and I took our first canoe trip of the spring down the Choptank. The water was high, and we glided down the river with very little effort. The water was cool the air was warm, and small birds were flitting among the budding-out branches. best birds of the trip included Ospreys, three bright yellow and blue-gray Prothonotary Warblers, a Yellow Warbler, some Blue-gray gnatcatchers, a female Mallard with a brand-new brood, and a Green Heron. The canoe let us slip right up on these, without making a sound. Overhead, there was the constant refrain of Laughing Gulls, reminding us that this was a river close to the bay.
Early one morning over the Easter weekend, I walked down towards the Choptank. The woods was wet from rain, and a mist rose among the sweet gums and maples near the creek. With the fog and tall tree trunks, the scene was almost primordial as I headed downhill towards the distant sound of rushing water.
I was wandering towards the river this morning, following the old Red Bridges Road as it cuts across the wooded swamp behind my studio. The Choptank River runs along my property, and at this time of year, a number of fish species make their annual run up the river from the Chesapeake Bay to spawn. Right now, White Crappies, Herring, Shad and White Perch are in the river, heading towards their traditional spawning spots.
Kurt Plinke: About Art and Nature on the Eastern Shore
I write about things I've noticed, places I've been, plans I've made and paintings I've finished or am thinking about.
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