Not so very long after the 2016 U.S. presidential election results were announced, more than just a few people in the so-called “blue states” began openly wondering about the possibility of breaking away from the rest of the country and setting up one of their own. It’s not terribly surprising. For a substantial portion of […]
The first time I heard of John Muir Laws was when a publicist from Heyday Books contacted me about his book The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds. As both an amateur sketch artist as well as an old silverback who very much likes to see such field craft skills as drawing perpetuated among its existing practitioners and propagated among younger naturalists, I was very keen to learn what the author had to teach about this art. After a thorough reading, I found myself to have been very impressed indeed with what he had created.
Long before there were digital cameras in every mobile phone – or for that matter long before there were digital cameras or mobile phones – many bird watchers considered a pencil suitable for drawing and a small sketch pad essential elements of their field kit.