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December 5, 2018

Well look what we have here...

With all the rain that we have been getting (thank goodness!), I'm finding plants sprouting in the most unlikely places.

This is a natural fiber doormat on a porch in front of our kitchen.

It was so soggy that seeds that must have flown in t...

October 15, 2018

This weekend we purchased several pumpkins to carve for Halloween.

And then I saw these.

Doesn't this squash look just like the profile of a swan?

I think it's so lovely with the striking contrast of bright yellow and dark green.

And this squash looks like the head of a b...

October 1, 2018

Today I finally had some time to make some solar prints on fabric.

We had some bright, sunny afternoon hours, and just some light breezes so the conditions were ideal.

Just as I pulled out the first treated piece of fabric onto a board, before I could place any dried pla...

September 27, 2018

This is one of the beautiful, larger than life murals by Brooklyn based-artist George Boorujy in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York.

The mural project's purpose is bring the message of climate change's impact on the declining population of many bird species:


March 9, 2018

Louis Masai Michel is a London based artist who is raising awareness of the honey bee's endangered situation through his Save the Bees mural project, which has gone global.

See more murals and read more about his work:


September 26, 2017

Bee Swell http://beeswell.org/ is a wonderful website that promotes awareness of problems our pollinators are facing today. They provide information how to create bee-friendly habitats and how to be on the alert for  neonicotinoids (referred to as neo-nics).

They are al...

June 22, 2017

 Lovely animation of the "Story of Flowers"

October 13, 2016

I love to have flowers indoors, as well.

Because the plants in the garden are mainly meant to provide nourishment for our local pollinators, I purchase organically grown flowers from our Farmers' Market.

This sunflower in a large glass vase is a cheerful accent in the fr...

April 18, 2016

How exciting!

Today I saw umber skippers in the garden for the first time since last autumn!




The skipper in the image above is perched on the top of a lambs' ear leaf.

Skippers are funny. When I first notice them and focus my camera on them, they flit away, fly in a bi...

October 30, 2015



"Owl and Bees" - Joseph Crawhall


Source: Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove, Glasgow, Scotland

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