Posted by: atowhee | November 2, 2018


I recently blogged about the Mandarin that showed up in New York City, tizzying the local bird listers.  Better than that is this bit of beauty from my friend, Kirk Gooding, who painted a pair of Mandarins when they suddenly appeared without explanation in Ashland a decade ago:MANDARIN ART.  My favorite piece of Kirk’s fine work is a small painting of a Wilson’s Snipe he gave me, the bird standing on one leg as is often the case.  Kirk and I frequently see snipe in the spring in the Howard Prairie area east of Ashland, or Summer Lake or Malheur.   We are among birding’s many admiring snipers.


  1. I literally stumbled upon this image and realized it was done by Kirk Gooding, from Ashland, Oregon. This is by far the best piece I have seen of his art work. He has this ability to let go of all pretense and allow the image to speak for itself in all of its emotional content. Good job!

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