Sunday, July 5, 2020

Enjoying the Wild

American Avocet

Spotted Sandpiper

Moon on the evening of July 4th.

Spreading Dogbane


Female Red-Winged Blackbird

It's not the greatest photo, but I finally got a shot of the baby 
American Avocet.

Such fancy plumage. A Wilson's Snipe- I think...

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Dropping In

I wanted to do a quick post to say hello and share two photos with you. They are very different from each other, one being a straight up nature shot and the other being a heavily edited shot of a bubble. I made my own bubbles one morning and fashioned a wand out of a pipe cleaner. When my kids were little, I never ran out of bubbles as they were as important as milk. It kept my children entertained for hours. Actually, that morning, bubbles kept me entertained for well over an hour. If you haven't recently, I highly recommend you revisit this simple childhood pastime.  It won't help magically cure all of your adult troubles, but you'll enjoy a nice break.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

May's Simplicity

It is very windy out there today. Warm, but it feels like Mother Nature is throwing things at you. I was out for 5 minutes and got hit in the face with several projectiles. Irritating, and a bit painful, so I decided to see what I had on my camera.  I'm in a black and white mood today.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Early Spring Days

Here are a few photos to give you an idea of how I've been spending these early days of Spring. I've been able to take walks before breakfast again. Transplanting seedlings has taken up a fair bit of time. I've also had some time to get creative with succulents I've overwintered. Exploring the garden for new growth is a daily surprise.

Saturday, April 25, 2020


My daughter and I were out exploring and enjoying all the life that has returned to the area. The "pond" as we call it, is teeming with life. We spent some time just observing and entertaining ourselves by watching all the different birds. The little black and white ducks are called Buffleheads. We cracked up when we read that. As if ducks weren't goofy enough, someone had to give them a goofy name. Part of the description in our bird book said "tiny, chunky ducks." Again we had to chuckle. The photo of the three swimming is cutest - look at the center one. Chunky definitely describes that one, and I think they should be called "Blurbs." You can't tell by the photos, but these ducks are very small when compared to the mallards swimming nearby. 
The last shot is of an American Avocet. They are not shy and are very easy to photograph.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Little Something

Needing a gift for my sister, and unable to go shopping, I decided to try my hand at felting again. I watched a couple of videos, following one to a T and created Nester. He's a simple mouse and I owe plenty of credit to The Woolly Rabbit's video HERE. She gave very clear instructions, with absolutely no guesswork involved. The wee cat, well, I just wanted to try my hand at sculpting with wool without a reference, and I made him the same day. Kitty is just a little over an inch in length. The next day, I was hungering for more needle felting and decided to try and create a rabbit - you know - for the season and all. Again, without a reference, and I think he turned out very nicely. I especially love his wee scarf, and doesn't he just look proud as punch to be wearing it?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Early Spring Explore

The snow has started to melt and that is when I love to go for drives to enjoy the changing landscape. It's not just the water everywhere that makes this time of year so interesting, the returning wildlife (mainly birds) has my camera clicking again. I didn't get many opportunities, but here are a few. Those eagles really keep their distance!