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Summer’s Bounty

The cornucopia of summer

Summer is alive with transition. We push our fingers into wet warming soil, carefully dropping tiny seeds. Watch as the first early summer shoots rise from the ground. Wait with anticipation as we tend with trepidation, fearing hail, marauders, weeding, supporting, watering, feeding. And, finally, late summer we reap. Grateful for the bounty bestowed.

From garden to plate.
From garden to plate.

The rhythm of the season, like the pacing of feet or a song of words, a steady progression yet filled with hesitation, tumbling, skipping, harmonics.

Our work is not yet done.

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Monet sketch

Monet memories

Went to the National Gallery in Ottawa a few days back. Did a sketch of one of the Monet pieces. Okay, it’s a rough pencil drawing done while standing, jostled by the crowds of other onlookers, but it gave  me a look into the techniques Monet was using.

Quick sketch of a Monet painting.
Quick sketch of a Monet painting.

Interesting how he drew to a single vanishing point. And if you look at the bottom, that’s his wife. Arm stuck out the back, wearing a turban(?) and neat bustle dress.

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Save Our Raptors

Save our Raptors: Please don’t poison

I think we all enjoy the return of golden eagles. What delight in the swooping hawk and thrill hearing the hoot of an owl in darkest night.

Save our Raptors. Don't poison critters.
Save our Raptors. Don’t poison critters. (Higher resolution version below).

Yet, scavenged poisoned critters are causing 2/3s of all raptor deaths says a recent study.

So please, protect your garden, but don’t poison.

Did you know golden eagles were making a comback?

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Bee buzz

Portrait of a bee traveling through time
The bee flies through time and space gathering, exploring, seeking.
The bee flies through time and space gathering, exploring, seeking.
This is my totem, calling to all bees

You see there was a distinct and slightly terrifying lack of bees in my area this year. My locust trees flowered, an event that normally attracts so many bees, standing next to the trees you have to shout to be heard over the roar.

A neighbor has one of those apple trees that fruits tastier and sweeter apples than others. He claims there were lots of flowers but no bees. There is no fruit.

So my painting/drawing is calling all bees. I hope you come back. We miss you.

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Bee, beebalm, hummingbird humbug

Hummingbird humbug

I was awake early one morning this summer and when I got up there was a heavy fog on the ground even though the sun was quite bright. As I walked past the flower bed I was entertained by a busy scene of bees and a male ruby throated hummingbird feeding at the bee balm patch.

This is my attempt at capturing the moment.

The drawing of the red bee balm just beat me up. Wow. Who would have thought a flower could be so hard to draw. I will come back to it ... later.
The drawing of the red bee balm just beat me up. Wow. Who would have thought a flower could be so hard to draw. I will come back to it … later.

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