June 1, 2014
I’ve thought for some time about adding a page to this blog, showing you birds that visit my garden. I put out feeders, grow plants that invite birds in, and do not use toxic chemicals – no weedkillers, fertilizers or bugkillers. This is the beginning of my ‘list’ and the new page is now on the sidebar so it will be easy to find later. I plan to add more visitors on the page – Birds Visiting my Garden – as I take new photos or find older versions.
Some of these images have been published as all occasion greeting cards – with a link just in case you’d like to order. My ‘published’ birds are also available in fine art prints on paper, canvas and metal. Enjoy!
American Goldfinch Available in my Zibbet shop.
American Robin (all occasion greeting card available soon)
Black-headed Grosbeak Available in my Zibbet shop.
Calliope Hummingbird Available in my ArtFire shop.
California Quail Available in my ArtFire shop.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Available in my ArtFire shop.
Dark-eyed “Oregon” Junco (available, not yet listed)
Evening Grosbeak (available, not yet listed)
House Finch Available in my Zibbet shop.
Hairy Woodpecker (available, not yet listed)
House Wren Available in my Zibbet shop.
Hummingbird – Calliope? Available in my ArtFire shop.
Northern Flicker Available in my Zibbet shop.
Peacock came through with a flock of Turkeys! Available in my Artfire shop.
Purple Finch (Available, not yet listed.)
Red Crossbill couple
Red-Breasted Nuthatch Available in my Zibbet shop.
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Available, not yet listed.)
Rufous Hummingbird Available in my Zibbet shop.
Rufous-sided Towhee (Available soon)
Rufous Sided Towhee Available in my ArtFire shop.
Song Sparrow (Available, not yet listed.)
Steller’s Jay Available in my Zibbet shop.
White-crowned Sparrow (Available, not yet listed.)
Wild Turkey baby
Wild Turkey female (Available, not yet listed.)
I have many other bird photos that I’ve published as all occasion greeting cards. I plan to add an additional page here to show you the fascinating birds of my Pacific Northwest region. I especially love the big birds, eagles, herons, osprey, hawks…
So much to do, so little time!!
May 26, 2014
Instead of working in my garden, I’ve been going up to Glenwood quite often lately in search of Sand Hill Cranes. The Conboy National Wildlife Refuge is a wondrous area filled with birds of all kinds. As we slowly drove by a lovely field of purply blue camas we realized there were a pair of cranes out in the field!
Even with my new 150 – 600 mm lens they were too far away, so we continued through the refuge and found another pair who were closer.
They allowed us to watch them graze, dance and chat at one another. Sorry to the nice man in the truck who had to squeeze past my car on the narrow gravel road. In my haste to capture the cranes I completely forgot to close my door after grabbing my camera!
I love sharing my images with you, hoping you’ll fall in love with these beautiful graceful birds too. I’m still hoping to catch a glimpse of the babies I’m told are in the area.
I know, I should get back to work in my garden now that all my spring shows are over, but I can garden all summer and the babies are only here right now!!
When I have some time I’m going to add a page here to show you all the beautiful, colorful birds and butterflies that congregate in my garden – flying flowers.
Thanks for stopping by, it’s always a pleasure to see you!
May 11, 2014
Happy Mother’s Day! Happy me – I had a new bird show up at my feeders today!! A Black-throated Gray Warbler!! At least that’s what it seems to be from my Audubon Field Guide.
Not the best photos but he was quick!
After tending my garden all morning I kicked back to photograph some of the birds at my feeders. The Black-headed Grosbeaks politely wait in line for the Evening Grosbeaks to finish.
I’ve had pair of Red Crossbills at my feeders all week. Yesterday I saw a second male!
The female Crossbill landed on this birdbath as I was photographing flowers & stayed for a drink even though she knew I was so close.
Hummingbirds have been here awhile and I’m wondering if the one on the right is a baby.
One of my favorites, the American Goldfinch numbers have steadily increased over the years.
I’ve had a couple of exciting birding adventures but haven’t edited all the photos yet. Monday I went to Conboy Wildlife Refuge in Glenwood and was treated to a pair of Sandhill Cranes mating. You can see a few photos on my Facebook page album.
Then on Thursday I went to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge north of Vancouver and saw many Cinnamon Teals and Canadian Geese with a multitude of goslings! A few of those photos are also in a Facebook album on my page.
Not to mention 4 nesting pair of Osprey along the Columbia River that I’ve been watching with a 5th nest being built!
And a team of vultures that watched me photographing the Ospreys! I managed to catch this one before he took off.
I have one more spring show coming up, the Hood River Rotary Wine and Pear Festival at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) on May 17 and 18.
Then I hope to spend more time in my garden among the flowers and flying critters. And catch up with all my blogging friends!!
April 22, 2014
My studio sale is over for another year, and my attention turns to my garden.
My daffodils are blooming like crazy, just in time for Earth Day – Spring is my favorite time of year!
I feel revitalized, energized and I fly out of bed each morning to see what’s new.
Right now a new daffodil opens each morning! Beautiful colorful sunny daffodils.
I love variety – color, size, plain and fancy; and a variety of bloom times.
Daffodils emerge from a bulb, and are also called narcissus and jonquils.
As you can see I have a lovely collection. These are just my early varieties.
Other spring bulbs are also blooming – fritillarias, hyacinths, and more. A few of my early tulips are showing color but not open yet.
Today I’ll just show you daffodils. When my daffodil clumps are large enough I divide them and plant them in empty spaces throughout my garden.
I don’t always wait until they die off. I’ve moved them while blooming so I know what variety I’m planting and can see where they belong!
Large and small, tall and short. Multi-stemmed and regal tall singles.
I love them all and when I see them smiling like this, I smile back!
Happy Earth Day everyone!!
April 17, 2014
I entered my ‘Sun Setting Over the Columbia River Gorge’ photo in the Daily Depictions of Nature weekly challenge. I would be ever so grateful if you’ll take a moment and vote for it. Here’s the link: http://dailydepiction.com/nature/?page_id=396
You only have until Sunday. It’s a quick, easy vote & you can only vote once. Thank you!
April 15, 2014
March 31, 2014
My annual studio sale is coming up on April 11, 12 & 13 in the hills above White Salmon Washington. I’ll open my studio for three fun-filled days along with 40 other artists juried into the Gorge Artists Open Studios. It’s the only time ALL my work is unpacked and displayed in one setting. Enjoy a stroll through my garden on your way down to see my photography and art glass in my little cabin.
I just ordered new metal prints and all occasion greeting cards from my nature & landscape photographs. My kiln has been reloaded with MORE art glass garden art. Last night I finished cold-working new earrings and bracelets. I have a feeling I’ll be finishing them between guests as there’s still so much preparation left to do!
You can find maps of the tour at Mt Adams Chamber of Commerce or download a pdf from our website, http://gorgeartists.org onto your iPad or similar device.
If you’re in ~ or will be in ~ the Pacific Northwest, I’m happy to send you directions, just send me a message.
Until then, I’ll be scouring out my studio & unpacking all my work to show you!