“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things . . .
I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
I can certainly understand and agree with the above quote, as I too get wildly enthusiastic about little things, especially when they are covered with feathers or fur or have something to do with nature’s splendor! Wes and I have been greatly entertained throughout this past week by all of our feathered friends. Although it’s been quite warm again and very, very dry. Dry enough as a matter of fact, that the leaves from the mulberry are dropping and landing in the bird baths below just to get a drink, and even the fake Ficus tree on our screen porch is wilting, we’ve been enjoying watching our little friends. The biggest source of this wonderful entertainment has been the couple of birdbaths made from planter bottoms, which I fill daily with fresh water and are located in the shade of our back porch. One bird appears and before you know it, they are lined up, patiently and sometimes not so patiently waiting their turn, for this simple pleasure of life. Within minutes they will have dropped the water level by half, so I must go out and fill it again. They splash and carry on so, sending water spraying several feet in all directions, creating quite an entertaining show! Occasionally a thirsty squirrel will drop by for a drink and the numerous feathered customers sit close by, while fussing at what they deem a four-legged intruder. We so enjoy sitting out on the porch while eating our mid-afternoon snack, and watching them, as this is one of their favorite times to get their baths. At times, a bird will get in and just sit in the middle of the bath, as if soaking in a tub, with it’s eyes slightly closed, as if it’s saying “Aw . . . that feels so good!”
Another treat for us is when our resident baby bunny joins us for supper. Each evening I place seeds, cracked corn and peanuts out for our flying customers, and a couple of pieces of fresh carrot for our bunny in secret garden, so we can enjoy a great dinner show. I don’t know if she has an internal clock or if she hears us talking, but usually within minutes, baby bunny has shown up for her supper too! One evening this past week, she came running around the corner of the screen porch at a high rate of speed, and slammed on brakes directly in front of her carrots, sending pieces of mulch flying up into the air! Many times after she’s finished, she comes up to the screen porch, at times standing up, and looks in at us and listens to us talking kindly to her. When not in secret garden, many times she can be seen bedded down in the middle of the raspberry patch.
Most of our nocturnal visitors we simply don’t get to enjoy watching. However, one night this past week, I heard a ruckus on the back porch, so I turned the porch light on and went to peek out the back door to see what was causing the noise. It was Bandit our raccoon, so after watching her for a minute, I turned the light off to let her be. Sometime later I heard another BIG ruckus on the porch, so being convinced it could possibly be a bear, I turned the light on once more, peered out the dining room window, and there was Bandit once again, but this time she had her four adorable babies with her! I was delighted, and so enjoyed watching them eat left over peanut crunchies, climb the rails and swing from them, and smell the flowers in the pots beside the bird bath. Then one baby crawled into the birdbath and laid down in it, refusing to budge or get out for several minutes! It was like nature’s finest comedy hour, watching this family play and explore.
Fresh off the easel: Occasionally Wes and I will put a miniature aside before it’s finished, and begin working on another piece, coming back later to paint on and finish the other painting. Such has been the case with both of us the past couple of weeks. I finished two portraits, one of my late and much adored Grandpa, and the other one being of my precious little niece, Haydyn, proudly displaying the remnants of here very first s’more! She loves chocolate as much as her Aunt No-no! Wes finished a miniature of a beautiful and peaceful section of a stream located along one the hikes near us in the Smoky Mountains. He also finished a miniature of a pair of nesting Ospreys, which we photographed while on Honeymoon Island in FL, last January.
“My Grandpa” by Rachelle
is 2¾ x 2¼ inches
“Got S’mores?” by Rachelle
is 2¾ x 2¼ inches
“Beside A Peaceful Stream” by Wes is
3½ x 2½ inches
“Honeymoon Island Highrise” by Wes
is 3½ x 2½ inches
~ 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!)
To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
Until next time ~ Rachelle