Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The first explosion of native wildflowers has begun, the first I found up close being the blanket flowers growing on a street corner in Somerville, Texas. Yesterday I stopped to get a closer look at the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and tickseed blooming near highway 36 and FM 1948. Washington county will soon be covered in glorious color — this year, the peak bloom time is expected on Easter weekend, though they will continue through next month. And summer varieties will soon follow . . .
Saturday, February 24, 2018
One of my granddaughters is studying geology at Cardiff university and when she showed me some photos she had taken of rock samples seen through a microscope I was amazed at the colours and designs. I persuaded her to email them to me so I could make some drawings and consequently a piece of textile art.
This is the first in a series mounted on a scrap from my grandmother's velvet shawl which must be at least 100 years old.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
If you have ever noticed small flocks of 10-30 birds scatter as you drive down a midwestern winter country road you are very likely seeing Horned Larks.
Another common winter bird in the Midwest is the Dark-Eyed Junco, we usually get the Slate-Colored subspecies in Illinois, but I recently had an Oregon Junco subspecies at my bird feeder.
About a month ago I spent a couple hours in an oak forest that had recently been burned. The Red-Headed Woodpeckers were abundant! I suspect the the fire made acorns much easier to find and that they were taking advantage of the easy picking!
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