Category: wildlife

It’s a Boy! Update on Polyphemus Cocoon

Do you remember last year when a Polyphemus caterpillar visited my house? (Click on the link to see post with video of caterpillar eating maple leaves.) I was completely shocked as I just happened to find it on my siding. Suddenly, in a matter…

Chorus Frogs Sing – Watercolor

That song.The chant of chorus frogs that stops you in your tracks as you hike in the woods. Such a bold sound coming from such a tiny frog…so small your eyes can’t find them even if you try and I did try. When you…

Let’s Paint Deer Takes Flight Watercolor Sketch

Do you want to paint a quick watercolor sketch using only a few colors? Okay! Let’s go. Here are my reference photos taken at Hammel Woods in Shorewood, IL on a beautiful winter day. Step 1: Sketch out your road map. What do you…

American White Pelican Watercolor

Was I seeing correctly? Was that a pelican on the water? A few days ago, on a spur, I drove out to Rock Run Rookery by myself. I’ve been there once before with ornithologists on a bird outing. It’s fun to listen to bird…

Turtle Without Time Watercolor

Ahhhh…To live like this one…basking in the sun without mind of time. There’s no room for a watch on his stubby little leg. He sees no second hand, therefore ticking cannot be heard in his ears. It is such a healthy state to be…

Chipmunk Feast Watercolor

The rain hits my window and I give it my full attention. It does not come in a rude, forceful manor, Rather humbly, as soft as it can. Like a missionary quietly in the background, Who doesn’t want credit, Who doesn’t want accolades. I…

A Red-breasted Nuthatch Said Hello

A Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) came by to say, “Hello.” In return I fed him suet. I quietly sat contemplating his woes. They are many, for while he ate his breakfast it was a mere 8°F. He ate alone and used the pine tree…

Let’s Draw a Rabbit (for kids and adults who want to have fun)!

I have the most amazing job ever. I’m a naturalist who has the privilege of teaching people (mostly children) about nature in my area. I give presentations on wildlife, hiking, host nature themed birthday parties, etc. The other day I hosted an animal encounter…

On Lake Whalon Watercolor

My kayak glides on the water, like a feather does carried by the wind. I drift along the shore of a tiny green island. A killdeer stares me down not moving an inch. I tempt my fate and move in closer. We are just…

The Song of Spring Watercolor

To enjoy the song of spring, it cannot be played on an iPhone or any other artificial electronic device. That would be an insult to your ears. To see a male rose-breasted grosbeak look you in the eye and hear him bicker at you…