When I lived in Vancouver, the apartment I lived in was part of a group of buildings that formed a haphazard ring with gardens and a large fish pond in the center for all the residents to enjoy. I was lucky enough to have a central view from my second floor balcony of all the goings on in the pond. Our man made pond had a nice border, kind of like a curb around the entire thing that served as a bumper between the paths for people and the pond for wildlife. The curb was about a foot wide all the way around our pond. Our pond, along with hundreds of goldfish had ducks, had Canada geese, a heron and a dozen or so resident turtles.
Mostly the turtles (who came in many sizes, from more than a hand span down to baby turtles) kept to themselves, doing what turtles do, swimming around and eating bugs (I'm guessing, I'm no turtle expert). But on exceptionally warm, sunny days the turtles did something that would make me laugh out loud as I watched them. There seemed to be a favored spot where the curb curved in to the pond and this short distance of curved curb proved to be the problem. It was prime turtle real estate and there wasn't enough sunning room for all the turtles.
First, one or two of the larger turtles would get up onto the curb in this very specific spot. Then, as others came to join their buddies for some tanning time there became a line, shell to shell of parked turtles. Here's where the fun began. When this prime spot (a couple feet of curb) became full, all the rest of the turtles felt left out of the tanning party and they'd try to wiggle their way between their turtle buddies to grab a spot. Well, the turtles already "parked" were having none of this, especially if they were the big mama turtles. Junior would try and winnow between and promptly be kicked back into the pool! The babies were the smartest, they'd just scramble on top of the big'uns for double decker turtle parking!! It was just hilarious to watch this slow maneuvering of a dozen turtles all vying for a few feet of space when there was probably 500 feet of empty curb space with the same sunny warmth radiating down.
The funniest times were when I'd look out and see turtle parking going on and see a medium sized turtle who had decided that YES, there WAS enough room for him!! But, in actuality, it was like a fat man trying to squeeze through a tiny doorway. The spatially challenged turtle would end up on it's side, one set of legs on the ground and another set of legs on the turtle beside him. You try squeezing a too large car into a too small parking space, something's gotta give, that shell isn't shrinking any time soon, buddy!
I used to get such laughs out of watching our pond and sunny days of turtle parking. Ok, so now that you had a nice story, here's my bridge. I've inked it out and added the under bridge shadow but haven't hardly started the shading. I intend to do it all in warm & cool greys and maybe some subtle greens, just to give it a little spark. I'm not sure if I want to even give the water any color, maybe a VERY subtle hint of blue, we'll see if it needs it. I know I want it to be quite monochromatic.
|Title: "Donna's Bridge"|
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