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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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Happy Flowers

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; medicine to the soul.”  Luther Burbank Nothing brings me more pleasure than painting – except perhaps arranging flowers!  Zinnias and dill blossoms – a little “medicine to the soul” from my … Continue reading

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Waiting to Exhale

Early morning, not a leaf stirring, birds silently roosting, insects motionlessly waiting for the heat of day. It is as if nature has taken a deep breath and then paused, waiting to exhale. “Watching the animals come and go, and … Continue reading

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After a Period of Drought

“…….flowers often appear after a period of drought interrupted by rain.” I love this quote from the care instructions that came with my Swamp Rain Lily bulbs.  It reads more like a motivational sentiment from a book of inspiration than … Continue reading

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Bees and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My.

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