I like the vibrancy of the photograph (this one in particular!) and the fact that I can zoom in on the photo if I need to look at more of the details. Drawing from a photo is a great way for me to look at these details in a way that I would not normally do when I see a bird. It will be interesting to see how sketching from a photo will help when we are in the field with a moving "target". I enjoyed just being in the moment with this exercise, thinking of nothing but sketching the bird.
I used to have a small field journal to sketch my bird observations. I haven't done it in over a decade, but when I look back at those journals it transports me back to the time and place. I can picture myself in that location with certain people who are no longer with us. Now that I am working from home due to Covid-19, I wanted to take some time to immerse myself in the nature that surrounds me. I am convinced that by taking the time to truly observe the natural world near my home and the daily changes that are occurring here in early Spring, it will help me through this extraordinarily challenging time for all. Thank you so much for offering this course - the timing is perfect.