Well, I fell in love with these little suckers ever since I saw them the other day. So let's paint them in watercolors before they're gone... Step 1: Start with a simple sketch in graphite. Don't worry if every shape and line is not perfect. You aren't obligated to stay in the lines....ever! This isn't work, … Continue reading Let’s Paint a White Throated Sparrow!
I have a house sparrow couple residing in my backyard birdhouse right now as we speak. They have already constructed the nest. The female stays in the house a lot. I cannot see any eggs, but that doesn't mean that they are not there, they may be deeper than the hole of the house allows me to see. … Continue reading Parenthood
Hot Dog! It seems that the new summer residences have bombarded my house! Keep 'em coming friends, keep 'em coming! I have to note, this is not because I am such a great birdie hostess but it is the result of my neighbor's diligence and hard work. He fills his feeders 2x a day. Once … Continue reading Birds Galore
What a handsome man! Look who just came to my house! Isn't he something! This is a male rose-breasted grosbeak. He is a summer resident in Chicago and I am very happy to be his hostess! This is my fist sighting of the year and last year I didn't even see him. Oh how I love him!
This beautiful Siberian Iris (of which type I do not know) unexpectedly grew in my neighbor's yard. Sandy my neighbor, claimed that she did not plant it. I said, "Maybe the bulb fairies did it?", but she didn't buy it! Anyway, what a treat to have something this beautiful mysteriously appear in your yard. So … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Siberian Iris!
Am I crazy? No! There are many things we miss when we decide not to hike because it is yucky outside: 1. Wildlife is abundant. 2. Humans are not abundant (perhaps the reason for wildlife abundance). 3. The smell of the earth. Yum! 4. The pattering sound of the rain hitting leaves and puddles. 5. The color of … Continue reading Let’s Hike in the Rain at Spears Woods
Oh Boy! Look who I found eating seeds below my bird feeder...it's a chipping sparrow! You know winter is behind when you see this little guy. Notice his chestnut colored crown and distinguishable eye stripe. One cool fact: according to my Birds of Illinoisby Stan Tekiela, these little guys migrate at night in flocks! Welcome … Continue reading Chipping Sparrows Return
"Oh you're such a squill!" Try saying that to someone at work today. I did! And before they hit you say, "It means you're a really beautiful blue spring flower!" Then run if they don't believe you! Well, you can always show them this site for proof. Let's show them how to paint that beautiful … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Spring Wildflower!
Oh how I love a good hike in the woods! What's so great about a walk with a million trees that all look the same? Oh, let me show you... It's not just a bunch of trees.... Last week I went hiking in the Palos Woods, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve Zone 7 … Continue reading What’s in the Palos Woods?
This morning when I arrived at work I saw a large lump laying in the parking lot. What's that??? As I got closer I realized it was a poor robin that lost his race with a car. I'm guessing this poor robin was not hit at a high speed because there was no blood, just a crushed-in skull on one … Continue reading Dead Robin Sketch