Category Archives: Nature

Watercolor Milkweed

I collected a monarch caterpillar several weeks ago and at the same time I started a watercolor painting of the little larvae. As he safely munched fresh milkweed leaves, I worked on the painting. Within a few days a bright … Continue reading

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A Little Intervention

I am enjoying the company of several pairs of mocking birds this year.  Their repertoire of bird songs is incredible.  They are masters of mimicry and their morning serenade includes familiar and exotic selections that make the woods seem like … Continue reading

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A Noisy Silence

May has been a silent month.  A month of quiet activities that revealed the noises that so often go unnoticed, nature’s background music.  Just like chamber music in an elevator, the  sounds of nature need to be the center of … Continue reading

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In the Blink of an Eye

April is one of those months that passes in the “Blink of an Eye”. In April, after anticipating the coming of Spring through long winter months, nature hits the fast forward button. One minute tree limbs are skeletal and the … Continue reading

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Peepers and Other Clues That Spring Has Arrived!

If you take the time to really listen to Nature, it isn’t any secret that Spring has arrived.  As the first full day of springtime dawns today here are some of the clues that have heralded its arrival to the … Continue reading

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Deep Freeze

The pond is frozen. The New River Valley has finally taken a plunge into the deep freeze of winter. The fickle sun brightly beckons me outside but the thermometer sitting on 8 degrees over rides the urge to walk about.  … Continue reading

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Woodland Calligraphy

Naturalists and artists tend to appreciate details within the big picture.  We marvel at the the shapes of shadows, the perfect hexagons in a comb of honey and the curly-cues and flourishes of tendrils.  In these are the characters, alphabets … Continue reading

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A Moment of Creativity

Earlier this week I decided to spend a moment on the porch enjoying a warm January sunbeam and browsing through two of my favorite catalogs,  Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and Rare Seeds from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.  I … Continue reading

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Winter Greens

When last week started off with this beautiful sunrise,  I suspected that I might be taking a technology break and I did.  I spent my week before the holidays away from the computer and immersed in my favorite activities of … Continue reading

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Asphalt Seagull

From the mountains, across the Piedmont and Tidewater and onto the beach is a trip of about four hours from the New River Valley.  How odd that a bird with no interest in playing in the snow would make the … Continue reading

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