Saturday, January 31, 2009

Busy Birds

Why do we always say busy bees?  We seem to see more busy birds this time of year at our backyard feeding stations.  I was trying to catch a picture of the blue bird but he was darting in and out so quickly.  Also the cardinals were eating off the ground and not at the feeders.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Still Life No. 2 - More evidence that I can't draw well

Ok, for my second beginning drawing homework, I had to assemble a still life of at least 5 objects two of which had to be clear glass.  This is what I assembled.  Below are the two versions of what I drew.  The first one I felt was so bad that I made a second attempt.  Need to work on perspective and spacial relationships.  Clearly, drawing as a career is not in my future!!!  I can trace really well, though.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Not sure why this cactus bent over or how to fix it.  Would welcome any suggestions. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Snow crystals

The snow fall formed interesting crystal-like formations on leaves and tree branches.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Who's hungry?

Another shot of our busy backyard bird feeder.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Still Life

This semester I am taking a Basic Drawing class.  I can't draw.  Our first homework assignment was to create a still life using two chairs and 5 articles of clothing.  The first image is the still life I created and the second image is my attempt to sketch it. 

Like I said.  I'm not very good at drawing. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

Backyard Feeding Station

Our backyard feeding station is a bustling scene this time of year.  The male cardinals are so bright against the dull colors of winter.  We have also been surprised by the sight of 4 bluebirds regularly stopping by.  Most of the bird traffic is of the more common winter birds - nuthatches, chickadees, juncos, cardinals, sparrows, wrens, flickers and woodpeckers.  Haven't taken any notice of blue jays this winter.  The squirrels are baffled by the squirrel baffles - duh!  But they keep on trying.  They do benefit from the seed that drops to the ground, as do the mourning doves and other ground feeders.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Eddie Izzard II

This is our second beta.  Eddie Izzard (the first) died some time ago and was replaced with Eddie Izzard II.  I wanted a bright red beta but all the of the red betas in the store didn't look all that healthy and colorful.  Eddie's fish tank is on a small shelf in our kitchen. 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Meet Blanche

Woody has a new girlfriend.  I named her Blanche.  

Friday, January 16, 2009

Brrrrr . . . how cold is it?

This was the temp when we went to bed.  Supposedly it dropped to about 5 degrees overnight.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fun with tinsel

The flash went off on this shot.  I kinda like it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bluebird in winter

This isn't the greatest shot but I was so happy to see this little bluebird at the backyard feeding station that I grabbed the G9 and snapped a quick photo.  I thought they went south for the winter?  Hmmmm . . . must look it up in the bird book.  Bob took a much better shot of the bluebird with the BIG camera and BIG lens!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How green is your relish?

I meant to post this awhile ago.  Bob and I were at an amusement park and this relish came in one of those little packets.  I have never seen any relish this color of green before.  It was a bit weird.  Though, it was some time ago and I'm still here so it didn't kill me to eat it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fizz 'n' Find - part deux

Oh, boy, I got the snowman!  Wonder which one my niece got?  

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Fizz 'n' Find

Found this while Christmas shopping.  I can't resist trying things like this out.  I bought one for my niece and one for me.  Ooooh, collect them all.