Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Akimbo!

It is getting wintry around here, so a 'year tick' (in birding terms, a species of bird that you have not seen this year) is very welcome. Marsh Wren is considered to be mostly a transient or vagrant bird in Nova Scotia, with only a few actually nesting here. Added to that, they live deep… Continue reading Akimbo!

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Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Guest Photographer

People who read the blog regularly know that I usually use Mark's or my own photographic references. Mark, in particular, takes excellent bird and wildlife shots and is very generous in allowing me to use them (if he knows what's good for him ;), that is!). I have only actually gone to a photo sharing… Continue reading Guest Photographer

Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Portraits, Watercolour pencil

Birder

Well, here's the thing. I really enjoyed doing the 'portrait' in the previous piece. 'Cat-napping', which was a bit of a surprise. I've never been that drawn to portraiture previously. So, I decided to capitalise on that feeling and have another go at a portrait, but who to 'do'? Well, my husband, Mark, had previously… Continue reading Birder

Animals, Canadian Wildlife, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Watercolour pencil, wild animals

Wild Cats

Wild cats! Well, not really wild, although they are probably pretty miffed. Quite a few years ago, when we still lived on the outskirts of Montreal, we visited the BiodomeĀ at the old Montreal Olympic site. It's a pretty good use of the old Olympic velodome; basically a zoo but with different areas devoted to different… Continue reading Wild Cats

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

My Friend, Flicker

Northern Flickers are quite common in the garden at various times of the year. A form of woodpecker, they are usually to be found on the floor eating ants, rather than in a tree, or (more often than not), erupting from the ground in a flurry of wings and a bright white rump as they… Continue reading My Friend, Flicker

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Grousing

Back in 2014, when we were contemplating a move to (and retirement in) Nova Scotia, we made a lightening trip to the province to take a look and decide if it was a good idea. I had very little free time available so we made theĀ drive from Quebec, in November (with an overnight stop in… Continue reading Grousing

Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Watercolour, Insects, Prismacolor Verithin, Watercolour pencil

Here Be Dragons

Mark and I have long been interested in odonata, that is dragonflies and damselflies. Mark, in particular, will spend ages trying to capture specimens, either with a camera or actually physically in a net for closer viewing (it doesn't hurt the insects and they are released once identified and recorded). It's a good hobby for… Continue reading Here Be Dragons