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!
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
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
A bit of fun, and another set of new pencils (I told you I was addicted!). This time more watercolour pencils, the companion set to the Polychromos, the Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer. These are the same colours as in the Polychromos and I thought that they would provide a few different shades to my Supracolors and… Continue reading Cat-napping
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
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 the drive from Quebec, in November (with an overnight stop in… Continue reading Grousing
Autumn is here, season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and confusing fall warblers! I had decided that my next project would be avian and, rather typically, decided to do a big one. We have been looking for warblers in all of the hedgerows and trees, and in the apple trees in the garden. Sometimes the sheer… Continue reading Where’s Warbler…?