Fall is in the Air

A beautiful collection of fall leaves.
A beautiful collection of fall leaves.

        Fall is certainly present as every day brings out a bit more color in the leaves of our surrounding trees,and we greatly enjoyed a couple of days this past week that graced us with some beautiful blue skies and sunshine to accompany the changing colors. One day this next week, we were hoping to admire the mountains cloaked in their splendid array of fall colors, as we made the exciting ascent up Mt. LeConte, but alas with the current forecast it doesn’t look like this wish will be granted . . . perhaps another time.

"Preening White Pelican" by Rachelle, measures 2 3/4 inches.
"Preening White Pelican" by Rachelle, measures 2 3/4 inches.

        We’ve continued to make progress in the studio with painting miniatures and getting things lined up for borrowing back the many paintings needed for our upcoming solo museum shows. My miniature painting, “Preening White Pelican”, was done form a photo that was taken at the San Diego Zoo in southern California. These are such pretty birds and the nice lighting added to the beauty and serenity of the scene.

"Barnyard Beau" by Wes, measures 1 3/4 inches.

        Wes’ miniature painting “Barnyard Beau” was done form a photo that we took on one of our visits to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and area that has a wonderful collection of old homesteads, barns and an assortment of other great, old buildings. This rooster was one of the regal local residents.

Amethyst Coral (Clavulina amethystina)
Amethyst Coral (Clavulina amethystina)
Sulphur Shelf; Chicken Mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus)
Sulphur Shelf; Chicken Mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus)

        I thought I’d share a couple more photos of some of the stunning types of Fungi that flourish in our area. It seems as if every hike we take we are treated with sightings of new Fungi or Mushroom species that we’ve not yet seen. These beautiful specimens cannot be seen or appreciated when hiking at a fast pace, so it’s another great reason to just slow down and enjoy the journey!

Please visit our website for information on current exhibits of our miniatures: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

Until next time ~ Rachelle   🙂


8 thoughts on “Fall is in the Air

  1. Rachelle, your “Preening White Pelican”, had my jaw dropping! It is exquisite!!! I just love the delicate way your handled the pinks. They can be very tricky and look shocking! Not in your piece, so beautiful!

    Nice job on “Barnyard Beau”. Wes has captured the attitude!

    We’ve been enjoying the color change here too. We had ice in the bird feeder this morning. Burrrr

    1. Hi Barbara,

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it! It’s going to be in the MASF show. I loved working with all of the beautiful pastel pinks that are in it. I’ll pass the nice compliment onto Wes.
      Yikes . . . Ice in the bird feeder! I’m not quite ready for that yet. We’ve just been getting a lot of drizzly rain, but the color is still pretty, even when it’s wet.

      Rachelle 🙂

  2. Rachelle your pelican is wonderful, we saw them in London – at the zoo, not Trafalgar square – and I was especially intrigued by the mulitude of colours in their beaks, which you have captured beautifully. Wes you have doe a terrific job on the rooster! I am constantly amazed by the variety of fungi you guys have there…wow.

    1. Thank you Tracy! They do sport an abundance of beautiful colors on their beak don’t they. I’ll pass the compliment to Wes! We too are constantly amazed by the variety of Fungi here, as it seems we’re always seeing a new type! Makes walking in the woods all the more interesting 🙂

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