Tag Archives: birds

When Doves Fly

The trill of the mourning dove is a sad sound to some people, but to me it has a calming effect, almost like an avian lullaby. The doves mate for life and there are two pairs that have been hanging … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: The Call of the Loons

We who hail from the North always look forward to the return of the loon; its haunting cry and wild laugh is the epitome of our hopes and dreams. Loon is the dream totem; the symbol that all your dearest … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day – Eastern Bluebird

Spring has come late this year. I was walking my dogs in the field behind the horse pasture the other day, amid all the brown and beige winter grasses and dried stems snapping under my feet. When I looked up, … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day! – A Painting a Day

In the interest of a peaceful coexistence, I painted a chickadee sitting on my climbing rose. At this time of year, it isn’t much to look at. But the birds have enjoyed the rose hips through the winter. This is … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: Goldfinch on Ice

Yesterday, following the ice storm, I spied this goldfinch in a lilac bush, already transitioning to his summer hue of violent yellow. He looked quite out of place, but wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about it. So I painted him. … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day

Painting is not always fun. For whatever reason, some of us are compelled to just keep on doing it. But when you are painting model horses, some kind of madness takes over. There are people who collect these things. Breyer, … Continue reading

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Willow the Wish

One of the greatest things about calling a place “home” throughout your life, especially in an area like the Eastern UP, is the way it changes, yet always stays the same. The landscape fades and blooms with each season. But … Continue reading

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Great Stories for Young Readers

My parents were lovers of books. Dad especially was a voracious reader. He would often keep two or three books going on at once. Mom’s appetite for books was more perfunctory. She enjoyed stories and had a collection of Reader’s … Continue reading

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Eagles and Hawks and Lead Poisoning

So everyone knows that lead ammunition just about wiped out the California condors. However, between lead poisoning and DDT, we nearly lost the bald eagle in the lower 48 states.     I’m illustrating this little blog soapbox with some … Continue reading

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Slate Week

“Bring me your liars, your whores; your huddled bastards yearning to breed greed.” The Statue of Liberty must be cringing on her pedestal right now. I apologize to all immigrants for our sad excuse for a president. This is not … Continue reading

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