“The Earth laughs in flowers.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
What a lovely thought indeed, to think that the earth laughs in flowers! Such beautiful laughter it is, and it certainly brings smiles to the faces of many, through its numerous flower blossoms. Everyday brings about new blossoms in our gardens, perhaps a different Daylily, Rose, or something which is a bit of a surprise, which we had perhaps forgotten about. Regardless, each day we enjoy walking and seeing what’s new, and such was the case this past week, in a newly built nest. The latest nest built in our yard, was built by a Robin, and really is quite a masterpiece and very well done I must say, especially since some of our other resident Robin’s nests have been a bit, shall we say sloppy. Anyway, I am truly impressed with the latest one, how she choose to tie it into two different trees for extra strength and durability, and the interesting materials that it is composed of, and to top it off, to think she did it with her beak . . . truly amazing it is!
The beautifully woven Robin’s nest
Along with our new tenants, the yard remains to be full of baby birds, which are quickly growing up, but still like to come in groups. The Tinymouse family continues to join us at our meals on the back porch, and we’re still playing our little game of “freeze tag” when they come to the table to eat. At times there will be six of them in total gathering around and waiting their turn to grab a few peanut crunchies. One of them is quite content however to just sit there by me, eating his nuts one at a time while looking around, almost as if he were dining in a very nice restaurant. The Blue Jays are now coming to the table as well, and really enjoy the peanut butter treats that I put out daily. At times throughout the day, they see me walking in the yard or on the deck and begin announcing the hopeful arrival of edible treats to their buddies! However, there is one young Blue Jay that is still learning to sound his intimidating “Hawk” call, and has yet to perfect it, as it too closely resembles a drill which is used in a dentist’s office! Each time this youngster starts his calling, you can actually feel the hairs on your neck stand on edge, and feel yourself cringing! I’ve discussed this with him, stating that this just isn’t nice and really gets to us when we’re sitting in the studio while concentrating on painting, and he lets loose with this boisterous call! Obviously our talks haven’t done much good as of yet, but there’s still hope I suppose!
Two Tinymice coming to get their peanut crunchy treats
Mr. Blue Jay choosing which peanut butter treat to take
We still have only a couple of Hummingbirds in the yard, and I am looking forward to the day that there are more. I have all of my “Rubby chum” as I call it, loads of pink and red flowers which are growing and blooming on the front and back decks, near his feeders. I keep thinking certainly they won’t be able to resist all of the tempting, colorful blooms! Well, even if it doesn’t attract more, I will certainly enjoy the provision of colorful, bright blooms!
We are still enjoying our daily walks or bike rides, and have thoroughly enjoyed the amazing weather we were blessed with this past week! Today, during our walk around our nature path, we spotted our resident young Box Turtle, and noticed she was going down Chippy, the Chipmunk’s, hole. Hmmmmm . . . we weren’t quite sure what to think of this situation, but figured she knew what she was doing. Who knows, perhaps she had been invited there by Chippy herself for afternoon tea and crumpets! Regardless, I’d say that there is going to be one very surprised chipmunk at some point today!
The Hummingbird chum
A gorgeous Bee Balm blossom
We enjoyed eating the very first of our blueberries this past week, and were amazed at how huge they were! We’re also enjoying raspberries daily, but the Mulberries have just about disappeared for another year. It has rained much of today, so Wes is quite grateful that he doesn’t have to water the gardens for a day or so now, plus it filled our big water tank back up! Wes and I are pescatarians, or vegetarians that also eat a little, dairy and fish, so we eat very healthy most of the time. However, when it comes to desserts, especially chocolate dessert, it is the one time when we decide to live on the wild side a little, and such was the case this past week when we enjoyed some scrumptious brownies that I made. They were from a French recipe called “Le Choco Fondant”, which means chocolate melting, and that is exactly the sensation one gets when eating these amazing chocolate goodies! I made them with extra dark chocolate and I bet our neighbors could probably hear us saying “Mmmmmmm” while eating them!!!
Our first two . . . big blueberries . . . yummy!
Fresh Off the Easel: I received approval this past week, on my portrait miniature commission of a precious little girl, which I had recently completed. I finished my miniature painting of me looking at the very large painting “Portrait of Madame Adelaide of France” and also put the finishing touches on a recent puppy portrait miniature painting. Wes finished his miniature painting of a Phainopela which he painted from photographs that we took while in Mexico last spring. It is located in the beautiful Nacapule Canyon, where we enjoyed hiking a couple of times while there in San Carlos.
Rachelle’s portrait miniature commission is 3 x 3 inches
“Admiring the Portrait of Madame Adelaide of France” by Rachelle is 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
“Dreaming of Playtime” by Rachelle is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
“Phainopela at Nacapule Canyon” by Wes is 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~
EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV (Fifty of our miniature paintings are on display and available for purchase!)
The Art of the Miniature XX at the SnowGoose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
Art of the Dive: Portraits of the Deep at the Wildlife Experience, Parker (Denver), CO
To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
“Collect the future’s history today while it is still affordable.”
Until next time ~ Rachelle