Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring has Feathers

a day of dreams
the garden and the hummingbird
float on my breath - unknown

In just a few moments in my garden, I was visited by most my feathered friends that struggled through the winter at my feeders. My Anna's Hummingbird was here this morning, but I missed getting a photo of her. This new hummingbird I believe is a Rufous Hummingbird - all rust and red in color. The House Finch looks a bit more orange - gearing up to wow the ladies...and as always, the jays come for their peanuts as soon as they hear me rustle the bag. Each jay picks up several nuts and puts them down, weighing each one to find the best one to take, although eventually, they take them all. We were graced with sunshine late this day and I planted my lettuces and snow peas while feeling the sun's heat warm my winter bones. Wrapped in the warmth of a spring day, I wonder what would life be without a garden full of feathers and flowers?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

After the Storm

We had snow today - to me, March 1 should be the official day for snow to disappear into its winter den on Mt. Hood - but no, not this year - although it did not stick, it was strange to see snow after having several balmy days in the high 50's. But after the storm, the skies in the east cleared to show the almost full moon among the fluffy, cotton-ball clouds tinged with the rose pink of sunset. And the skies in the west were on fire with sunset. Nature gives us such a treat when displaying her beautiful artwork and for a moment, even in these difficult times, you can lay down your load of worries and just drink in the beauty of the world and be thankful.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Listening to the Sea on a Distant Shore

This is my completed collage for the latest Nature Gathered assignment, the Sea. Gesso on wood, with collage, acrylic, graphite and water soluble crayon....she's listening to the sea on a distant shore while enjoying a hot summer day...