Garden, Naturalist

Bug Safari

I finally found the time and inclination to do something at this house. After a year of living here (almost!) I got out the camera, macro lens, and went bug hunting.   


Art Update

I’ve been spring-cleaning today, getting into the nooks and crannies neglected while school was on. The dog has mysterious abilities to get her toys in the oddest places. But unless you want tips and tricks for deep cleaning with a dust allergy, it’s not an interesting or exciting process to blog about (or do). So… Read More Art Update


Creating Art

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did an art blog, but today I am trying to catch up from having migraine yesterday, and I do have art to share… The first is just a doodle piece, which actually started out as half an owl. I don’t know why, I tend to be more… Read More Creating Art


The Wasp Apologia

In defense of the humble wasp, so hated and feared by most humans, I put forth the following argument: the wasp is better than the mosquito. Every spring our old farmhouse is invaded by gentle brown paper wasps. They hibernate in the walls and roof through the winter, and a few become confused and make… Read More The Wasp Apologia


The Villain of the Piece

Black bears may look fluffy and cuddly, but they are still wild animals. They can move much faster than you would think, and are amazingly powerful. The bear in the pictures is a second year cub that has been appearing regularly at my grandparent’s bird feeders since his mother brought him as a bouncing ball… Read More The Villain of the Piece