Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Looking for Rain and Plein Air War Stories

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They have closed one lane (the one closest to the edge/east side) of Chain Bridge for construction.....they might as well sent me an fancy invitation. Yipee! I arrived early so it was just me and the morning traffic. Talk about being on display...yipes! Well one unexpected guest all of a sudden appeared. Who, you ask? A snapping turtle! The construction crew hadn't appeared yet and the turtle was heading straight for me. (Ever see the neck on one of those prehistoric beasts?) Needless to say it was hard to concentrate and I was worried that the turtle would head out into traffic or take a chomp out of me. So I took one of those big orange and white plastic barrels that they use to stop traffic and tricked the turtle into going inside. Once he was inside...voilah! I scooped him up and transported him to a safe place under the bridge.
Now, I could finally concentrate. Back to trying to paly my "A game"..I had an audience after all!


Jala Pfaff said...

Great post, funny to read. The turtle, the "fancy personal invitation"... Very nice.

Karen said...

That is too funny. I can picture you running out there when you heard the lane was closed! You are a brave woman, standing there with all the traffic...I am still pretty self-conscious.

ps, thanks for posting that Innes quote, too. I think I read that like 4 or 5 times...must get that book

loriann said...

Hi Jala,
Yeah, the turtle...glad you enjoyed the read!

You're right I am a nut. As far as self-conscious I am there with you. I figure...who knows it's me? No one. I have my huge hat on ...all they see is a crazy artist. And then i go home happy that I braved the city elements. One point for me....hee heee.
The Inness quote is the essence. The book is excellent! He was quite a character1