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Guillemot Drawing by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Guillemot!"
5 x 5"
Graphite & Nero Pencil on Watercolor Board
2014
Guillemot
$550


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A couple years ago, I had a brief get-together with my former fifth grade teacher, collector, and friend, Mary Stephenson, who related with great excitement her first sighting of a guillemot. The guillemot is a small, streamlined shorebird of the auk family, and at least one species is not uncommon on the western seaboard. Mary lives part of the year in Carmel, CA, where she and her husband are active participants in the seasonal bird counts. The beautiful and scenic Point Lobos, only a short drive from their residence, is a particularly great spot for birdwatchers, and I’ve been there many times, watching cormorants nesting precariously on the cliff faces of the aptly named “Bird Rock” and harbor seals basking in the sun in the sheltered coves below. Mary spotted her guillemot here, a sleek and unfamiliar visitor amidst the typical array of nesting seabirds. The funny part of the story is that not more than a few weeks later, I was with my father taking a boat tour of the Elkhorn Slough, when I saw my first guillemot. The Elkhorn Slough is a great place to see all manner of ocean wildlife, from sea otters to jellyfish, even sharks, but we were saddled with a fairly awful tour guide who seemed more interested in making out trip “educational” in a condescending Sesame Street kind of way than in actually identifying wildlife. The guillemot is not rare, but we’d not seen any others on the tour, and it remains the only one I’ve ever seen, so it was my instinct, upon sighting it, to excitedly shout “Guillemot!” But instead I only pointed it out to my father and serenely snapped a few pictures, letting our guide drone on unaware.























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