14.000 x 11.000 inches
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Drawing - Colored Pencils
This came to me after living in Hatteras Village and staying on the island for Hurricane Dennis which wasn't predicted to be a bad one, small Cat 1 storm...no big deal until it lingered and became a slow moving storm. It spun off the NC coast and did some freakish loop in the Atlantic and wouldn't you know, it came back and pounded Hatteras Island for a second time. The island was flooded in many places due to sound tide and ocean overwash. there was a breach in between Buxton and Avon that took out the only road we had, no electricity for weeks. It was miserable for us humans but even more devastating for the native wildlife including the beloved pelicans. I have never witnessed anything like it but the ocean was so rough for 2 weeks straight that they could not feed and apparently they only eat fish ? They were dying all over the island, you could see them sitting alongside the road where they had literally starved to death. We had 7 on our back porch, which you would never ever see them come any where near a residence even though we were only a block from both the Sound & the ocean.
I tried to feed them anything I had in my cupboards as we had lost everything from the freezer and fridge due to power outages but they wouldn't eat any of it.
Actually a sad store but something to see first hand so I thought I would give Lil Billican a skiff so he could get out and catch a bushel or two of jumping mullet for his family.
His registration numbers on his skiff commemorate the dates of that Hurricane, August 30th 1999
December 5th, 2013
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