Birding

Lazy Sunday, but busy bees

I didn’t do a lot today, though I did make it down to Canemah. At church, our new pastor commented that everywhere in the United States they say “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” But, he said, “Here you live it!               Yesterday I mentioned the bees and today I saw…

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Birding, Horses, Painting

Work in Progress

I haven’t had a lot to write about this week because I have been concentrating on other matters. On Monday I joined Weight Watchers. I announced this on my Facebook account, but I (weirdly) wasn’t sure about putting it on my blog. It somehow seemed so permanent, but I need to find ways to hold my feet to the fire,…

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Walking through an edible landscape

I talk about Canemah a lot. It is right down the road from my house and offers a wealth of what an artist friend of mine once called “salient detail.” It’s also gorgeous. This is the time of year when Canemah really shows off with flowers and bloom. But I think it’s also the time when its history is most…

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Birding, Painting

Process, series, and message

Today I went back to the WSO convention. The final day is always an interesting mix. There is a business meeting followed by the juror’s demo. At the business meeting I won a door prize (I guess I can’t say I never win anything…) I have checked this book out a couple of times at the library, but never followed…

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Birding

My new favorite show

Ever since “Meerkat Manor” went off the air (remember Flower? Shakespeare? OMG that was the best show…) there has been a gaping hole in my life. The bird cams have helped a lot, but I think I have finally found the perfect replacement. For a few days I watched the hawks, Big Red and Ezra. Then I switched to the…

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Pavisand

pavisand, v. [‘ intr. To display an impressive or opulent array of clothing and ornament; to flaunt one’s appearance.’] When this word came up in my “word of the day” a few weeks ago, I immediately thought of the tiny little male Anna’s hummingbirds that sit on top of the trees, endlessly calling to impress mates. I intended to wait until…

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It was a dark and stormy day…

The rumor is that March goes out like a lamb. Ha! But Finn was promised a hike and I know the Trilliums are blooming, so to Canemah we went. This is the beginning of one of my favorite seasons in Canemah. I swear if you miss a day you can miss a whole life cycle of some plant you never…

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Easily Entertained

The last couple of years, I have been captivated by the bird cams hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The first year it was the Red-Tailed Hawks that caught my fancy, followed by the antics of the Great Blue Herons (with their FIVE babies!) Last year I mainly watched the Kestrels (with only three babies, the herons were less…

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Birding, Painting

588 Photos: The Reason to Edit

Today I went on a wildlife viewing tour of Sauvie Island with Oregon Wildlife. Originally this tour was supposed to coincide with the Audubon Society of Portland’s Annual Raptor Road Trip, but “Snowmagedon” caused everything to shut down. I had a great time and used my mom’s big camera (she’s had it loaned it to me for over a month)…

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King of the world

Today I recovered from workshop hangover by taking Finn for a hike at Canemah and running some errands. The hike was by far more fun. Everyone at Canemah was announcing that they were open for breeding. I heard four Anna’s hummingbirds (only saw two) and was nearly deafened by the frog chorus. I took a short video with my camera…

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