"One exciting day last summer, a group of Campfire kids found a
dragonfly nymph climbing up a branch along the Bog Trail. Suddenly it
began to look strange. The back enlarged and it appeared to have what
the kids called 'eyes' under its skin. The back of the thorax
(shoulders) burst open and the adult dragonfly began to slowly emerge.
All of us watched transfixed as the dragonfly crawled out of its
nymphal skin and ever-so-slowly pumped a fluid from special reservoirs
(the 'eye-like' structures) under its skin d into the abdomen. It
gradually elongated and became exquisitely thin. Finally, after
beating its wings several times, the dragonfly suddenly flew rapidly
away. The children and I were thrilled!" 1982 (Photo from Stoney Creek
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
A small rabbit is eating from the bird feeder bowl, bending to the bowl, sitting up and chewing. I am curious what it is eating.
The squirrels are afraid of the rabbit and back off as the rabbit timidly approaches. The rabbit is also afraid of the squirrels when they move quickly. When the squirrels fight on the feeder, the seeds go flying and the little sparrows have to work hard to find them all.
The robins are eating the pokeberries, which I thought were poisonous—time for some research!
I love it when the sparrows fly through the sun and their wings light up.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
pages. I did the drawing one day and the painting another because
I've been so busy.
I would like to write more about these and post the photos I took to
go with them, and maybe I will sometime. Or not. Aiee.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Here are three "new" (and unfinished) pages from my current backyard journal. Part of the problem with the second one is that the finished version must be on some other computer, but if interested, you can see it here.
The third one I have yet to paint. It was a super-hasty 12-minute sketch.
These are drawn/painted in a journal given to me by my older daughter and with instruction and hints from a book given to me by my younger daughter for my birthday.
Here are our compost piles. From left to right, fresh, medium and
old. The old compost is wonderfully rich and friable and makes great
potting soil and is great for the flower and vegetable gardens.
Composting recycles stuff that would otherwise sit unused in a
landfill. And composted soil is rich and produced healthier foods
than depleted soils. It is better for the garden than artifical
fertizers. It provides micronutrients in a balanced way. And it
grows great flowers, too! :-D
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
on the Black River near Sarnia, Michigan. I can tell that because
there is a sepal visible in the picture, and the sepals are deciduous
and fall off after the first day.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
PB complained bitterly the whole time and kept wanting to turn the light on and if I used the indiglo on my watch to let him know how long he had to wait, he called me a hypocrite. He refused to do anything but sit there and complain for a full hour. BB told PB we were "doing it for Mama." Not for the earth or the environment, but for me. In other words, they wouldn't have bothered if I hadn't insisted. Very sad. I am sad, hope your report is better.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Read what BerryBird has to say here and here. Visit the official site! AND TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS! 8-9 PM.