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Coping with mosquitoes

The dreaded mossie

Coming from Saskatchewan. Which means “land of omg that’s the most mosquitoes I’ve ever seen.” I’ve picked up a few tricks.

  • Vinegar works great on the itch, removes the bump too. If you don’t get it on right way you have to wait a bit for it to take effect.
Other tips:
  • wear light coloured clothing.
  • bug screening/nets/hats/gloves etc.
  • eliminate standing water.
  • find a friend who is attractive. Mossies always seem to prefer one person. This is a good thing as they then leave you alone. A bad thing if you turn out to be that person.
Mossie story

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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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Hummingbird detail

Hummingbird on the wing

Been working on this drawing for over a week. The full image is much larger, but I found a scratch brush that I can adjust the angle on the stroke so that it matches the angle I want to sketch with. Finished the hummingbird with it.

Here’s a try at showing the detail on line. I really like the base of the wing. And the cross hatched chest.

Hummingbird detail. Working with an angled scratch brush.
Hummingbird detail. Working with an angled scratch brush.

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