More Backyard Birds of the States.

I’ve just put up a bunch of new Backyard Bird Guides for different states up on Etsy. I’m enjoying learning the range of my local birds, and now as I move into the west, I will be painting and learning some new ones!

Here are the many new additions:









New Hampshire

North Carolina

South Carolina



Bat, Flamingo, Tortoise, and Hummingbird.

In the last few weeks I’ve painted and made some new cards, specifically Happy Birthday cards, and one Thank You!

I had originally come up with all these cards with specific friends in mind. Hopefully others will enjoy them too.





Gopher Tortoise:


Ruby-throated Hummingbird:


They are available on my etsy, Kate Dolamore Art.



Looked around some books & websites, but what type of caterpillar is this? Not sure…

Love all the little critters out right now!





Beach sunset.

Following my day at Myakka River State Park, I headed to the beach at Casey Key for the sunset. There were many birds there, including my first Florida sighting of a Magnificent Frigatebird (no photo)- not so unheard of but they’d been eluding me! Also the first time I had seen Manatees in the ocean, while I am used to seeing them in the rivers and springs, it was sure cool to see them playing in the waves in the water that was positively dazzling in the light of the setting sun!





Spring at Myakka River State Park.

I went to Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, FL back in Dec 2013 and posted about it here. I just visited again and it was lovely to visit at a different time of year, but my photos are for the most part the same subjects… epiphytes, lichen, and weathered trees are the beauties at Myakka. And of course, their wonderful canopy walk that provides a gorgeous view and close looks at the blooming air plants.