When it came to appreciation of creatures of nature, Monte was often attracted to those animals which evoked symbolism of strength and independence.  While Monte was very fond of the Bald Eagle, it is interesting to note it is not represented in Monte’s works of color.  This is possibly because Monte felt the Bald Eagle was best represented in the three dimensional form and use of black and white mediums best recorded the dramatic nature of the Bald Eagle.

Still, even though he was especially fond of the Bald Eagle, Monte did not create a large body of pieces featuring this magnificent bird of prey.

An earlier posted photograph of a Bald Eagle sculpture by Monte.

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Below are a few Canada geese paintings by Monte.  Monte was quite fond of Canada geese.

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010

A located surprise….

June 7, 2010

While retrieving a different sculpture to photograph for a later posting, the below sculpture was located.

This is a sculpture Monte created of a swallow.  It was written about much earlier in this blog.  During his time at Big Lake as the site manager, Monte created this sculpture as a joke.  At one point, mating swallows had found their way into the Big Lake clubhouse and built a mud nest above a porcelain light bulb outlet located high upon the wall.  After the young were raised and the nest vacated, Monte completed this sculpture and placed this replica in the nest.

Then, for various reasons, when people were ushered into the clubhouse it was requested they be quiet so the nesting swallow would not be disturbed. Until told of the joke, many people thought the nesting bird was alive.

It was thought this sculpture was lost.  The mud nest most likely is not the nest from Big Lake and instead a nest from the front porch of Monte and Sharyl’s last house in Banner, IL, where for a brief time, Monte employed the same jest.