Monday, May 24, 2010

Photo a Week

The theme for this week is "Signs" and I hope these will fit the criteria. These "signs" are on the door to my studio....poor neglected space that it is. The text on the skirt of the above figure reads: "I don't know what Inpiration is, but I hope when it comes it finds me working....Picasso"

And I think you can read the text on this one. It suits me sooooooo well right now!!
My muse had better get herself back soon, or I'm going to turn this room back into a guest room!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I'm ready for my close-up!

In the excitement over a black snake in the yard and the accompanying cacophony of about 20 or 30 backyard birds raising a ruckus, this baby bird, who is NOT ready to fledge yet, looked like he was ready to take off anyway! I was so worried that he might jump or fall out of the nest, but after Roy dispatched the snake and everything calmed down, he finally did go back my relief. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to grab my camera before he did and get a couple of shots.
Here's the close-up:

Wanna see a hungry baby?

You'll have to look closely, but if you do, you'll see a little beak wide open, waiting for Papa to come back with a juicy worm or crunchy bug! These little guys should be ready to fledge within a few more days. I hope to get a better picture of them before they do. They often spend some time peeking out the door getting accustomed to the bright light and all the activity awaiting them when they get up the strength..and the venture out.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Photo a Week My Workspace

Sorry the photos are so dreary, but it was that kind of day. Here's where I work, when I work. Right now, not a lot is getting done. I have projects in the works, but little to nothing to show for them at this point. I'm beginning to feel concerned that my creative juices have dried up completely and that makes me very sad. I have a great group of supportive and very creative friends and that should motivate me, right? So far, all I seem to do is play with my paints and brushes, read encouraging books, and try to reclaim the passion for art I once had. My hope is that it's all temporary and I'll get those wheels turning again soon! Better never to have had the passion than to have it, then lose it...........
Wow, sorry to be so gloomy today! That's what looking at my neglected workspace does to me. Next post will be brighter, I promise!!!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Here they are!

It's warmer today, and sunny, so I took the opportunity while the parent birds were away to open the nest a bit to take this photo of five little baby bluebirds! I know they just look like a furry blob, but the picture is sharp, it's the babies that are fuzzy! They really fill the nest up now. They are about twice as big as they were on Mother's Day when I first saw them. They have to grow fast to be able to fledge in a couple of weeks! Papa flew in to see that I hadn't disturbed his children not long after I came back in the house. They tolerate house-monitoring very well, but they have to make sure everything is as it should be when I leave!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm Late, I'm Late.....again

The theme for this Monday's (I know, it's Tuesday now) Photo a Week was "Something Mum/MOM" and although I had a lovely Mum/Mom and a sweet Mother's Day myself, here was my biggest surprise on Mother's Day. The bluebird eggs hatched and we have 5 little fuzzy bodies in there now! Mum/Mom and Dad are busily searching out insects and fat little worms to feed the babies and I'm having great fun watching the activity. I hope to get a photo of the babies before they get too active, but I don't like to open the nest box when it's cold and windy. Maybe tomorrow, if it doesn't rain all day.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

WIP Bluebird project

Well, it's obviously not MY bluebird project, but Momma Blue's own work in progress. I saw her leave the nest on break a little while ago and took the opportunity to monitor the nest again. I actually had the presence of mind to take my camera this time and got this shot of the eggs. You can't see the fifth one very well, but it's there. They look huge here, but they're about the size of a small marble. Momma and Papa are going to be pretty busy feeding this brood if these all hatch!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Photo a Week

"What's on your bedside table?" is the theme for this week, so here's mine. The angel was a housewarming gift years ago and the lamp belonged to Roy's mother. Not very exciting, I know, but there you have it!
Here's one a little more interesting, maybe. My peonies started popping out in the almost 90 degree temperature yesterday and this is what I woke up to this morning. It was raining from time to time, but the bunny didn't let that bother him, that grass is getting to just the size he likes to munch on!