This week I bought myself a pair of birdwatching binoculars to use for my study of the Florida Scrub-Jay in Cedar Key. In an attempt to become adept at drawing while looking through these new optical devices, I have been searching out wildlife subjects around my home. The other day as I was scanning the huge live oak in my backyard, I noticed a swarm of monarchs that were obviously feeding themselves from the blossoms of the loquat tree in preparation for their long migration south. I quickly drew this scene using ballpoint and watercolor.
There is so much migration preparation proceeding right now in our area. For me, it is just a matter of noticing this activity.