Bees and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My.

“Develop a boundless ethic which includes all living things.”

Watercolor of a pine warbler by Virginia Nature Artist Karen Hines

I had just finished finished typing this paraphrase of Albert Schweitzer’s advice when a small warbler hit the sliding glass door beside my desk.  I ran out to scoop her up off the deck.  She didn’t seem to have broken anything but was obviously in shock and so I kept her warm in my hands until the shock of the accident wore off.  Happily, after about thirty minutes she seemed perky enough to sit in my grapevine wreath (aka recovery room).   Later when I checked on her, she flew off like a little jet to join her mate in the big oak by the porch.   I think Dr. Schweitzer would have been pleased.

The real challenge is to treat even the less adorable living things ethically.

I have collected quite a few examples of cute, cuddly creatures on my “Mitzi Katzen” Pinterest board that are much more endearing than bees, spiders, snakes and other less popular creatures.

Still, I have been inspired to paint many interesting bees and spiders and snakes. Many less than cuddly things do have their endearing qualities and a special function in the Web of Life.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t discover something new and fascinating in nature that I have never seen before like this little spider with a shiny, metallic pink body that I found today in the garden! Pretty!  (Metallic Crab Spider, Philodromus marxi)

Metallic pink spider on a leaf As fascinating as I find most animals and plants there has to be a balance of compassion and survival.  I do kill poison ivy, eliminate yellow jacket nests and do not welcome poisonous snakes into my yard.

However, the little pink spider happily scurried away.

About Karen Hines Art

I am an artist living in the mountains of Virginia and expressing my love of nature through painting.
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