Thursday, May 30, 2013

Winter Grasses by Jill Randall

Winter Grasses by Jill Randall
5”x7” Pastel
 The landscape in May is not what one would expect to see in Alaska, especially if winter is still hanging on by two weeks or more.  It has snowed twice in May.  There is beauty in the winter grasses, the faint blush of trees and bushes ready to leaf,  and the green of spruce trees.  The longer daylight hours on a sunny day also liven things up.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Snow in May by Jill Randall

Snow in May by Jill Randall
5"x7" pastel
My husband and I are in Alaska where we spend our summers.  It is a colder season this year with winter hanging on an extra two weeks.  We had a beautiful snowy morning May 18.  However, by afternoon it had melted away.  Finally this last week in May the temperatures are rising with 40 degrees at night and middle 50’s during the day.  The sun and the long daylight (18 hrs) help brighten the area.  We love hearing the Sandhill Cranes as they look for nesting places.  We hear and see a pair of Eagles circling about the spruce trees.  A mother moose and her three yearlings wander through the yard at different times.  Spring is coming to Alaska.