Sunday, August 20, 2017

Snappy Breakfast Food

I rarely get to see snapping turtles in the bay, since they're so good at hiding, but every now and then I get a glimpse of one. 

On this occasion, I got more than a glimpse, since this happy turtle was feasting on a fish near the shore. 

It was difficult to get a good picture, since the early morning sun shining on the ripples lapping against the shore created some glare. I just had to wait until the waves framed the little beastie and try to catch the right moment.

Finally, the fish was pretty much consumed and the snapper came up for a breath of fresh air.

Here's the close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Roadside Revelry

As Baloo and I wander through our days, I always try to keep an eye open for anything interesting along our various paths (so does he, but we don't always agree on what's interesting).

We encountered an absolute riot of pink (both light pastel and dark fuchsia) sweet peas blooming along the road that runs parallel to the bay. 

I thought the colors were just outstandingly vivid and rich. Eye candy!

Then, we meandered past this little profusion of lavender flowers. I had not met this plant yet (or if I had my retention was seriously lacking). I looked it up in my trusty wildflower guide and identified it as Eastern gray beardtongue. Quite a mouthful for such tiny blossoms!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seagull Snacking at Sunset

 No, not snacking *on* seagulls but snacking *of* seagulls. 

One lovely evening, while taking Baloo for his customary sunset walk, I noticed a large colony of seagulls (yes, as you have probably guessed if you have read much of my ramblings, I am a bit of a word nerd and that's actually the proper name for a group of these birds, not flock) wheeling and swooping around and around just over the tops of the trees. You can see them as specks against the glowing yellow clouds in the picture above.

I tried to figure out what was going on and finally decided that there had been a hatch of some delicious seagull snack with wings - I couldn't see what variety of flying insect they were feasting upon, but they were very happy with the evening's gastronomic delights.  I got the best zoom I could, given the lighting conditions - it doesn't begin to capture the magnitude of the enthusiasm nor the extent of the colony. 

I enjoyed watching their acrobatics while Baloo kept his nose pointing toward earth as he looked for bunnies and ground squirrels.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Indigo Blues

One of the walks Baloo and I frequent in the summer months (to stay in the shade and keep the black dog solar collector out of direct sun as much as possible) has an indigo bunting that scolds us severely every time we pass through his territory. 

I've been trying to get a good picture of him as he flits through the foliage and gives us his vehement lecture, but every time I start to focus the camera on him, he moves and I have to locate him and start all over again.

So, whenever we walk there, I try again (and again) to see if I can have a little better success.

I finally caught him at a distance, perched at the very top of a maple tree as he proudly surveyed his domain. It's still not a great picture, but it's the best I have done so far. I'll keep trying...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bee Bop A Ree Bop

Rhubarb Pie!

Rhubarb Custard pie, to be precise.

This is a flavor from childhood - complete with nutmeg. Yum!
And yes, I shared the feast!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


If you wondered why I dropped off the face of the blog world for a couple of weeks, here's what happened. I was challenged to share a booth at a local art show with a couple other artisans who wanted to dip their toes into marketing their work. It's something I had been thinking about doing for a while and it was a great opportunity to get some feedback.

So, I went down into the studio and spent a couple weeks gathering all the images I had already finished, printing up things I thought people might like, matting, framing, packaging and getting ready for showing my carved art. Here you see everything loaded into the back of my car ready to go to the show venue.

Here's my little section of our table setup. I had individual cards, boxed cards, matted prints and framed prints. 

Here's another shot from a different angle. It's crowded, yes, but I guess that just means I got really excited about getting ready and wanted to make sure I had enough of a selection for people to see.

And here are a couple framed pieces at the back of another part of the display. 

The show was a great experience. There were 45 local artists showing their work and there was some awesome stuff there! I learned a lot about what people responded to and also made a connection with a local gallery shop that has started to carry my work. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monday Moon

The full moon on Monday was absolutely beautiful. 

Here it is rising over the trees. I just love the whispers of clouds drifting across the face of the moon.