Lemming Tumbleweeds

arctic desert.jpg

The idea of lemmings traveling the arctic expanse like tumbleweeds came from a researcher I worked with briefly.  I thought it would be a funny image to draw so here’s my rendition.

Also, I’ve been playing around with brushes.


Dangers of Being a Phalarope


Far in the arctic north, near the Arctic Ocean, you’ll notice a phalarope spinning in a pond.  Then you’ll see another, different phalarope spinning nearby.  And another, then two more, maybe five spinning phalaropes.  Although not yet witnessed, there has got to be one time when the above happened.  I’m sure of it.

These seven to eight-inch feathery tornadoes are awesome.  As they spin, they create an upwelling of water far below them (at least a foot), sending tiny aquatic creatures right into their mouths.  They also look really pretty in their breeding colors.

Sled Dog PR

sled dog pr capture

Fortunately our sled dogs don’t tweet on the run…Actually, I think it would be awesome if they did.  It’d probably go something like “I love running! Yay downhill! Super speed! OMG A BUNNY! GET IT! GET IT! #bunnyspeed”

Happy Halloween!

With love, from our four sled puppies 🙂

Happy Halloween

All four of our puppies are …spirited, to say the least.  It would be impossible to get them all together for a photograph, unless someone was willing to hold them and get scratched and kicked in the process.  So, drawing them in costume is the only way to go (also I don’t own a Mario, Peach, Fox and Zelda costume).

I tried to draw their personalities into this.  Zelda is pretty wild, bouncing from house to food bowl to brothers and sister (much to brothers and sister’s dismay).  She’s also our smallest puppy.

Fox likes to give lots of hug.  He’ll clamp onto leg, arm, any part of you he can reach and it takes two people to pry his tiny claws out of skin.  He means well though, really.

Peach acts very coy.  She cries when she’s not being held or when sister is getting more attention than she.  She’s very affectionate and playful.

Mario is our intrepid explorer.  He’s not afraid to reach new heights, such as the time he grappled his way up onto his house despite being a mere 3 month old puppy facing a 3.5 feet difference.  We used to place the bowls there while we were getting the food ready.  He can also seem very relaxed, so that’s why I drew him that way.

I’m looking forward to drawing more of the puppies in posts to come.

Happy Halloween!

Snowshoe hare morphs

bunny morph

Springtime is cow bunny season (I guess it also happens in autumn but I noticed it more in the spring, so spring it is).  It’s that silly time when snowshoe hares are changing their fur color from their winter white to brown, shedding to look like a mini arctic bovine.

It’s also a cool camouflage technique to hide from…well, basically everything that is trying to eat it, whether it be lynx, wolf, Great Horned Owl, goshawk, Golden Eagle, coyote, squirrel (yes, squirrel, if it’s a baby hare), mink, other hawk species…geez, I’m really happy I’m not a snowshoe hare.