Swallows.

On a recent birdwatching outing, driving down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by palmettos and sort of swampy-land I came upon a flock of swallows. I’m not sure, but I think Tree Swallows. It was the hugest mass of birds I’ve ever seen, swarming, flying in large groups with such lovely fluidity. It was a sight to see! Photos do not do the moment justice, but here are some photos all the same!

 

 

 

 

Scrub.

Florida Scrub Land is a quickly dwindling habitat. I am very sad to say the land in these photos will be bulldozed… but I am happy for the people that care, the people that are going out and trying to save the plants and wildlife there. Last Wednesday was one of those days spent digging up endemic plants to be taken to a carefully selected location where they will hopefully grow and thrive. I took these photos in between digging plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm day.

I recently took part in a volunteer work day at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in Ocala, FL. It is a farm for rescued animals. Our group had a tour of the farm, followed by some shoveling and moving of dirt and hay for the farm, and then more animal hanging out time! It was a great day and I’m so thankful I got to take part. Many of these animals did not come from the greatest situations, but now they can be happy for the rest of their lives. If only all animals could be so happy and peaceful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Augustine Beach.

My sister and I woke up early to see the sunrise over St. Augustine Beach. It was cloudy and not the most stunning sunrise of pinks and oranges, but still beautiful. I am always blown away at how the morning light hits the ocean.

Last March on the beach at Little Talbot Island, not too far up the coast from St. Augustine Beach, I saw my first starfish on the beach. I didn’t think we ever had them in Florida until I saw one there. And in St. Augustine this morning we saw two! A little one, and a bigger one. Maybe they just hang out towards the North-Eastern Florida beaches?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a lovely morning. I’m ready to go back.

A walk around St. Augustine.

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting St. Augustine, Florida’s most historical town, currently celebrating it’s 450th anniversary. Here are some photos I took while walking around town looking at all the old houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there I visited the Lightner Museum and can highly recommend the mechanical music demonstration. Additionally, Kookaburra Coffee and fried green tomato tacos at The Blue Hen are a must to return for!

3×5 Art Challenge Day 5.

The 3×5 Art Challenge is going around the internet… you post 3 pieces of art for 5 days, and tag others to do the same. Foregoing the tagging, I thought I’d share mine on the good old blog.

Day 5, my most recent “thing” is my field guide paintings.

I started doing these in order to better learn to identify my local birds. I started by painting all the birds of Merritt Island NWR.
This was my first one, from 2010:

 

My favorite, Burrowing Animals:

 

Another favorite, Sloths:

 

3×5 Art Challenge Day 4.

The 3×5 Art Challenge is going around the internet… you post 3 pieces of art for 5 days, and tag others to do the same. Foregoing the tagging, I thought I’d share mine on the good old blog.

Day 4, I present my Bird Nest Paintings. I started doing these in 2007 and went on to do many many many more… 39 at this time! These are watercolors with mixed media/found objects- nests and leaves, etc made up of yarn, thread, beads, buttons, vintage fabric, sticks, dried flowers, etc. So many possibilities! These are a lot of fun to make and I’m glad that people like them so I’ve been able to do a lot!

This was my first one from 2007. This was before I started birding and it is a generic green bird. No. 1:

 

This is my FAVORITE bird nest, the 21st one I did. It is a Red-Breasted Nuthatch. My boyfriend suggested I ad the little frame of the nuthatch couple on their wedding day, it is an adorable touch and probably the reason why it’s my favorite! No. 21:

 

My latest piece that I have photographed (39 isn’t photographed yet) was done on request and is a Swainson’s Warbler. No. 38:

 

3×5 Art Challenge Day 3.

The 3×5 Art Challenge is going around the internet… you post 3 pieces of art for 5 days, and tag others to do the same. Foregoing the tagging, I thought I’d share mine on the good old blog.

Day 3, these are all watercolor paintings I did 2006-2008. At this time I was painting mostly people. These are pieces I still sell prints of.

“Undersea Instrumentals- Banjo” (from a set of 5):

 

“Fresh Air”:

 

“Rolling Waves”: