Loony Tunes

Loony Tunes

Loony Tunes – Common Loons

Limited Edition of 200,  20″ x 25″ – $150.00

Open Edition  10″ x 13″ – $40.00

 

In the book, Loons – Song of the Wild, the loon’s call has been described differently by almost every listener; naturalist Sigurd Olsen tagged it a wild rollicking laughter, while John McPhee labeled it the eerie laugh of the deeply insane. Regardless, the loon’s tunes vary, yet embody the spirit of the Canadian wilderness reminding me of mountaineers yodeling to each other across a lake. Sometimes the tune is mournful and forlorn resembling the howl of a lone wolf as it rises and falls in pitch. The rapid repetition of the same tone interrupted with the yodeling and pitch variations create a concert in the wild with each tune harmonizing as the echoes complete the illusion.

In the composition, “Loony Tunes,” two loons express their affection for one another by entering the courtship ritual. After diving, the male flaps his wings to shed the water before ruffling his feathers into place. Driven by sexual excitement, he knows it is important to look good. The female shows indifference as she paddles out into the lake leaving the male to “show off” alone. Just like the rough waters are soon to subside, so are the pretences soon to stop. Breeding occurs as the loons joyously affirm their affection for each other. With shared parenting, the burden of chick rearing attests to the loon’s innate purpose for being. With good luck and much work, the cycle of life is handed to a new generation. In this way, the calls of the loon will continue to deepen our appreciation of nature in the Canadian wilderness.

Loony Tunes