watercolor over Platinum Carbon Black ink on S&B Epsilon
Earlier this week I found myself with a bit of time to kill while my wife was undergoing a physical therapy session and decided to explore some of those "margins the lawnmowers can't reach" that attract me so. Well, I received a totally unexpected treat when I stumbled across a Meleagris gallopavo intermedia (Rio Grande Wild Turkey) and her four chicks (FYI, a turkey chick is called a "poult") just outside the therapist's office! The mother and three of the poults were very shy and took to the shrubs. But the forth chick chose to stay out in the open and posed while I tried out the Hero M86 my children gave me for Father's Day.
The unusual "fude" nib requires a little getting used to for one who is more familiar with a conventional western nib but is amazingly versatile -- easily producing a wide range of marks from the finest hairlines to the a very respectable (and very wet) broad.