It may be spring, but in my neck of the woods, Mother Nature takes one springy step forward and then two frosty steps back. A crocus or two have emerged, but nothing much that’s green has appeared yet. In the swamp however, the migratory birds are back, and all of our bird population is […]
A tribute to a sweet little wild bunny. When she was quite small, she managed not only to survive four curious cats, a trip through the kitty door (which seriously scraped the fur and skin off her back), a harrowing escape through the living room, then out the front door. Weeks later, she took up residence in our front […]
The grackles are back in impressive numbers. I’m constantly mesmerized by their iridescence and shrewd behavior. One particular grackle inspired this watercolor. He puffed up in the cool breezes, holding firm his territory and warning his rivals to stay clear.
This lovely box turtle newly emerged from hibernation, crawled away from his winter home, still sleepy. A tiny painted turtle having a look around. A frog just up from the mud. Lots of mating activity. […]
Right now in northern NJ, USA, baby snakes are plentiful. Most of our slitherers give birth late summer or early fall. Here we have an eastern ribbon snake and a couple of northern water snakes. These shots were taken within the last couple weeks. I’ve seen many more lately, but they’re just too quick for […]
The Great Swamp, NJ
Last post you met the beautiful little guy who unlike his friends, returned to the same leaf, directly in front of me, and posed. To be sure I got his best side, here are two more. Enough now, I promise:)
The last in my three-part SPRING uplift;)
I forget every year how intoxicating spring really is. I’m grateful for another one.
Nothing says spring like a couple of handsome frogs. Happy spring!
Walking through a forest in February is ordinarily a study in black and white values. The gray is consuming. The eye yearns for relief. Fortunately, these puddles beckoned me over to admire them. I have not enhanced their colors. They are what they were when they called.
Yes, unadulterated scum, drifting on streams in a park near my home. What is it? I have no idea. I am however, fascinated with the textures and patterns and colors it creates. A terrible beauty.
One day of travel from NJ through PA to Ohio, USA. To quell boredom on long journeys, I often ride with my camera in my lap (in the passenger seat of course), and shoot at will. I miss a lot of great shots, but catch a few interesting sights. This ride presented all kinds […]
My potatoes do love me. The reverse has always been true, but today as I reached down into a bag of especially fine tubers (organic of course), my secret message tumbled forth. I adore my potatoes and now I am assured that the feeling is mutual.
For those of you who do not know, NJ, USA was hit with a scary, freakish pre-Halloween snow storm. Power and internet service is just coming back after five days. While this was not a tragic event, it caused (among other things), the slashing of thousands of limbs from hundreds of trees, still sporting lush […]
It’s been a tough few weeks. Hoping these times are as short- lived as a maudlin chalk drawing just before the rain. This morning while hoping and waiting for the clouds to lift, a hummingbird surprised us on the front porch, buzzing it’s wings persistently in pouring rain.
VERY soon now, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art will be available in hardcover, paperback and PDF . I’m working on additional electronic formats. Very soon I’ll have purchase info ready for one step clicking. Portrait of a Girl and Her Art already has a dedicated blog where art tips, exciting interviews with young […]
A little different approach here, but this piece is also inspired by Microcosmos. The color in the film is glorious, but I wanted to concentrate on one element at a time, so I went with black and white. The textures take over here. I’ve allowed the tree to define the texture. I made a rubbing […]