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salmon_life_F_by_al_lau

After a full life of many challenges, Salmon successfully returns home, back upriver where he was born.

Happy Earth Day!

Have you hugged a salmon today?

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salmon_life_C_by_al_lau

Otters are such cute furry mammals but don’t be fooled, they are very agile hunters in the water. Normally, seen floating on their backsides, shucking and eating oysters, otters predominantly eat fish. And Salmon are on top of the menu.

sketch: salmon shark

January 7, 2016

salmon shark_by_al_lau

It’s a bummer to be a salmon in a world where everybody loves to eat salmon steak and sushi. It’s even worse when salmon have an apex predator stalking them called a Salmon Shark. This is my sketch of a salmon shark on the prowl. He kinda turned out cute. Almost huggable.

red_eared_turtle_by_al_lau

The Red-Eared Slider is another common fresh-water turtle in America. They can grow to a size of about 16 inchesĀ andĀ can live up to 30 years, in the wild. Being cold-blooded reptiles, Red-Ears rely on the warmth of the sun to maintain their body temperatures. That is why is they can be found basking in large numbers on rocks or logs around ponds or lakes. My drawing shows one turtle enjoying a stone platform all to himself.

painted_turtle_by_al_lau

The Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most common turtle in North America. They are omnivorous, eating aquatic vegetation, insects and small fish. Their preferred habitat is in slow-moving bodies of water. During the winter, they hibernate in the muddy bottom of ponds and lakes. Wild painted turtles can live as long as 50 years.

My drawing shows the painted turtle’s favorite past-time which is bathing under the warm hot sun, an important source of vitamin D, ensuring a healthy hard shell.

blue crab (remastered)

November 13, 2014

blue crab v2

This is the latest version of my watercolor of the blue crab. I am glad with how it turned out. And guess what. The print is available in my little store . They will be selling like hot Crab Cakes. So get your print today while supplies last!

the cardinal

November 6, 2014

maple_tree_fall_by_al_lau

I used to think that all birds fly south for the winter, but since I started hanging a bird feeder, I learned that there are certain birds that stick around even through the winter. One of those birds is the Cardinal.

If you are an avid bird watcher or animal lover, hanging feeders can be addicting, not to mention birds start relying on you as a source for food in their daily routine. Displayed just outside my window, I have three kinds feeders – a seed dispenser, a thistle bag and a suet cage, so that I can observe a diverse group of visiting songbirds.

In the spirit of season, this is my little sketch of a cardinal on an Autumn tree.

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