There is so much for all of us to be thankful for. Open your eyes and look around.
From the birds who stop by to visit with us each day. Singing and squawking as they tell others what you have set out for them you know they do as one will come then this place is full of all different varieties and for the most part no squabbles just birds being birds in my quiet yard.
Today my mated pair brought with them this years clutches and it was a year for males! The trees were full of these bright red jewels and the mom of course who is gorgeous.
Even the trees they flit from one branch to another on are so pretty in today’s light.
I am once again running out of room because I forget to reduce the size of my shots and save in a folder for blogging. I will go delete more from long ago and see if that helps.
Not sure I write enough for an upgrade.
Hope you enjoyed your day if you are celebrating Thanksgiving with friends or family or simply curled up with a good book or paints.
Getting shots of birds in their natural surroundings is not as easy as shooting landscapes so I challenge myself with getting them as candid looks though I swear most of my feathered visitors pose for me.
Living here in New England we get an enormous amount of birds both visitors and residents. The skies and trees are where they can be seen from dusk till dawn.
Truly it is hard to get my work done once dawn has broken so I get up early and do my inside chores then go out with fresh water for the heated spa, as well as scatter food as we have bears and it is much too early to be putting out food except for the Blue Birds they love mealworms and the woodpeckers, I get a variety of suet cakes to supplement the lack of bugs as the cold begins to creep in upon us.
It’s so true snapping a shot of my landscape is easy but getting these beauties to sit still and pose for me is tough and if you try it is so worth the challenge.
Your welcome to reach out if you see a shot you would like on a card or maybe a metal print which is all the rage now. 🙂
Making their way south will always be timed by nature and the things happening around them. They arrive at their winter homes when all the evil storms have died down along their flight path.
The last one has not even said goodbye and I miss them.
Soon the leaves will grab my attention for their color and beauty and since I do not rake I am not one to fret about them but my neighbor now she runs a leaf blower 5 hours a day. Mine fall and then I mow them and they breakdown perfectly for feeding my soil.
Wow today was truly the calm before the storm with snow to begin soon this one just to aggravate the morning commute but then a day tobuy up all the milk and eggs at the store maybe water in case the power goes out on Sunday, when we will receive 1 to 2 FEET of SNOW!
We better not lose power with the call for high winds and so much snow forecast as the whole country, except for New England, praying for the Patriots to be knocked out of the playoffs but my money’s on the 5 time Superbowl Champs led by the GOAT, Tom Terrific I call him. 🙂
We walked around the yard looking for items that could potentially go through the snowblower and JT sniffed the ground to see who had been in her yard.
For those in the path of this storm stay safe out there have a plan set and stay warm.
So much to do as fall is upon us with the winter season fast on it’s heels, weather wise anyways.
My flock of visiting Juncos have arrived which is a sure sign of snow season getting closer and closer and our northern neighbors have already received theirs. Soon I will be able to hang up bird feeders without constant worry about the neighborhood bears wanting in on the action as well. We now have a resident Bobcat not sure if it is male or female but I will keep the camera charged and ready for its appearance.
I have been teaching Watercolor classes I know can you believe it 🙂 I have so much fun doing the classes as I take all I struggled with being mostly self taught and let the watercolor take center stage as it should. No bells and whistles just letting it mix and mingle until it speaks to each students heart. It is about fun and joy they can find enough to stress about as can you and I.
I had the first of my two craft fairs and it was very successful and the Boy Scout troop made some much needed cash. I sold signed and numbered Giclee prints and lots of cards mom must be watching over me as we come up to the second anniversary of her death. The holidays are hard having no family left to speak of but I know I am not alone.
I promised some photos of what I have been doing to get my property ready to open it up for Art Shows and Classes as well as Plein Air gatherings.
Here are a few before and after shots as I just rented a machine to cut down all the brush so I can begin to put down paths of wood chips for visitors to follow down to the river banks and out into the forest though flowers will also be available with all my new additions this past spring.
So though it looks messy I can finally walk around without being covered with ticks from all that brush and I now have more land to fix and make suitable for growing old and others enjoying one thing I am excited about is friends have offered to build me a ranch home 2 Bedrooms brand new so I can knockdown my old home I no longer want to climb up on the roof to clean 🙂 I am blessed.
I will also add a new roof to the barn/studio and a new front glass door to let the sunshine stream in to the work tables. Not sure where to go to find the perfect door that will sit behind the sliding barn door but so happy for GOOGLE 🙂 I will paint it in the spring I was hoping my son would put an artistic scene on it but not sure where he is and what he is up to these days just hope he is also happy.
Flooding continues to be a problem here but I have folks working on that as I update my blog first make them aware then demand change 🙂 stay tuned!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends and safe holidays to the rest of you from so far away.
We signed up to take a class with Ceci at Good JuJu by Ceci in Newmarket NH Here she is explaining Alcohol Inks to us.
Time for us to play
My first is an abstract like all the others but ours were all so very different please excuse the glare from the shiny wet tile.
I then did a simple landscape and put it aside to dry.
Now this one above was on Yupo paper not sure what I had planned for it to be but I can still work on it or wash it off and begin again 🙂
Now it was time to use what we learned and pull of a landscape with trees.
I will leave it be as an example of what I learned and try to pull it off again down the road this winter after all my art shows and fairs are over.
Now back to the one I let dry now we learned how to stamp on top of our scene.
Not many stamps would go with my scene so I chose 3 and went for it.
Now playing with Watercolor is my addiction and now this comes along being so bold and bright and so easy to do. I can see me doing several and adding them to do my own back splash as I love color but you all knew that 🙂
BRRRRRR it no longer feels like summer but late fall I may step outside and find all my annuals have succumbed to frost as we have had no hard freeze here on the seacoast as of yet.
My swamp maples had their gorgeous reds along the river and some rain and wind has taken some of the leaves down in preparation to their winter slumber and a long one it will be.
Parts of our country have either been under fire or water for far too long some with no power for weeks to come and ocean water so filthy all species have washed ashore 😦 I pray for this world we call home.
So what do I do as fall takes hold well of course I charge my camera and we go for a ride yes we got ready rain and all and grabbed JT for her annual foliage ride.
It had not yet hit peak in the 300 mile day trip we took but the clouds and rain made it look spectacular. Thursday I will try again this time I will head into VT for photos of Barns and Cows always sought after shots.
Hope you enjoy the few snaps I decided to poke my camera out into the rain for 🙂
Have a wonderful day!
This last one I will try to capture with my Watercolor.
Partake in some sunshine if you are here in New England as tomorrow rain will once again fall.
With so many brush fires and even more warmth headed our way rain will be needed even after all the snow that fell this season.
I am about to partake in a bunch of planting as the compost arrives, yes totally organic
and I will add lettuce and peas to my NH garden. Soon the Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds will replace my Juncos and Snowy Owls.
Hope you all get the weather you so desire so you can also partake in what you enjoy doing.
We had a very bad 2 week stretch of frigid cold here in New England this January but really just one or two snow events this winter but the ice, we must tend to the ice.
The yard was treacherous before yesterday’s snow and freezing rain arrived now not sure it will move until we have a week in the 40’s to warm the earth so she can begin to percolate and suck all of it in.
This photo is from 2 days ago when I cleared the whole walkway this morning it is covered again by thick ice once again. Our Boston Bruins could practice out in the yard there is that much ice.
Temps. have to be above 32 F for some products to break it up and with my dog and concrete in between these red bricks it makes it also impossible to use chemicals and besides my yard is totally organic and I like it that way except when we could easily fall and break a bone, it is really that bad out there 😦 Stay safe with whatever you may have under foot. New England weather if you hate it wait a minute and it will change. via Daily Prompt: Tend