Saturday, September 20, 2014


Common Murres on their nests at Yakina Head Outstanding Natural Area -- one of my favorite places.  Dale and I spent two days at the murre colony last month .... I just posted the first of two blog posts about that wonderful place:

Leaf, Moth and Yellowjacket

I found a leaf to sketch and while sitting on the porch with pen in hand, a moth and a yellow jacket appeared so I put them in the sketch.
The moth was hiding under a cover and the yellow jackets are everywhere in the fall.
Nature inspires.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn Silhouettes

Even though it is cold and gray outside nature still provides beauty for us to enjoy.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More Wild Mushrooms

All the rain we have been having has really sprouted a lot of mushrooms.
This one that we found was different, instead of the normal gills under the cap, there is a spongy-looking substance.  That substance is actually small tubes that hold the spores.
I had to do some research to find out that this type of mushroom belongs to the Boletes and Polypores family.
I love when nature provides these learning opportunities.

Note: never eat wild mushrooms if you are unsure of their safety.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Grassy Mushroom

The recent rains have produced a bumper crop of these (not good to eat) mushrooms.
It called to be sketched. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Time

We have some special woodpeckers here on the West Coast (USA).  They live in small colonies and join forces to harvest and protect a winger's supply of acorns.  'Granary' trees can be used for many years, until they finally fall down and the woodpeckers find another suitable tree.

Now is the time of year when acorns are just losing their greenish cast and turning brown.  We sat and watched at least five birds for a couple of hours.  They kept flying off and grabbing acorns off living trees, then they'd bring it back to their granary tree and either stuff it in a pre-existing hole -- or one kept dropping acorns in the cavity left by a broken off branch.  Once we watched an acorn woodpecker dropping acorns down the top of an open pipe!  I'm sure he never got to eat those!

 I had time to take my sketch as far as getting it inked.  I added paint after I got home.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Signs Of The Season

I needed an art fix so I took a walk around the yard to see what seasonal changes were happening.
The hostas are flowering and the bees are busy gathering pollen from them. 
A mushroom is growing under the hostas.
A spider was walking on the Black-eyed Susie's while the grasshoppers were jumping around.
The cone flowers are fading and drying out.
Tomatoes and green peppers are trying desperately to ripen before the frost.
Yes, autumn is near.