A Summer of Birds on the Mountain
Our Vacation feature in the June/July issue of Our Canada had some fabulous photos and artwork from Lori Larsen of Port Coquitlam, B.C. She spent a summer working with the organization “Birds in Motion” in Vancouver, showing visitors different species of birds of prey and demonstrating their traits and flight abilities.
Clarence, the great horned owl, was one of Lori's favourite birds to work with.
Many visitors enjoyed learning about the different birds of prey, though perhaps not as much as Lori did!
Lori and Zak
"I spent many years working in retail for various pet related stores, and so I jumped at the chance to live a dream, if only for the summer, to work with birds of prey," writes Lori.
Goshawk Colour Pencil Study
Lori not only loved working with the birds but studying them for her artwork. "As an artist, I enjoyed being able to study the way they moved, their colors, and their plumage," she writes.
Gry Falcon Oil Painting
"By the end of that summer I had a new respect for all the birds I worked with, and how perfectly they were all adapted to the places they live and the prey they hunt. I was also grateful for the opportunity to take many photos of the birds, as raptors are a main subject in my artwork."
Merlin Sketch in Charcoal
"Every day I would leave the mountain refreshed and inspired, full of new ideas for possible paintings," says Lori.
"The birds were truly amazing, and to watch them fly was a lesson in how different they all were from each other," shares Lori. "I remember how lucky I thought I was, not only to be able to work in such a beautiful setting, but to be able to experience daily, the peregrine falcon performing her breathtaking dives."