Maplewood Flats

Had a quick visit to the bird sanctuary today. Although it is a beautiful and sunny day, it is still a bit chilly for painting outside. No doubt days of lingering on the shore are over until summer. Shame.  Anyway, here is a quick sketch of the view from one of the little rocky beaches that overlooks the inlet. The area doesn't look like much but with the fluctuations of the tide exposing and covering the intertidal zone, the habitat is quite important in supporting wildlife, especially waterfowl that come to graze on the fine seaweed that gets exposed.

A bit desolate in winter, I agree, but I did leave out the huge gas plant across the way. Hands too cold to paint in all the fiddly details, I'll save that for another painting...something to do inside where it is warm.