Well, it officially looks like fall here in the Smokies, as only part of the trees remain covered in green leaves now, and most are dressed in gold, red or orange. Numerous trees have already dropped most of their leaves and are bare, leaving a strange mix of remaining foliage much different than most years. I’m not quite sure what has caused the strange fall behavior, but I suppose it keeps life interesting. With hoards of traffic pouring into our small town this year, especially on the weekends, Wes and I have found a couple of alternative walks that keep us at a distance from the noisy road. A favorite leads to a small pond nearby where we can watch the fish swim by the wee dock. We also enjoyed some time on the lake this past week. Although it was a chilly start in the morning, abundant sunshine warmed it up quite nicely! We saw lots of birds and even the Bald Eagle, as we relaxingly paddled about. A mild wind during our floating lunch, brought small waves gently rocking us to and fro as we sat there soaking up the warmth of the sun.
Our resident praying mantis, I call P.M., continues to hang out on our front porch as she searches for insects to consume. While I was recently watching her one afternoon, she started grooming herself. Having never witnessed this activity before, I was quite mesmerized by her tender attention to detail while cleaning her hind legs and feet. She then began licking her front legs and using them to wipe off her head and eyes. It was really amazing to see, and I captured this short video so you too can enjoy watching this interesting process. I apologize that it’s not in perfect focus, but alas the sun was in my eyes and I couldn’t see the screen on my phone well enough to make sure it was in focusing on her.
~ What’s Happening In The Studio This week ~
I’m still painting on this precious miniature portrait commission of two adorable siblings sharing a tender moment, and having great fun working on it! I’m making a time-lapse video of the entire progress as well and will be sharing it with you once it’s completed.
Wes picked up his brush as well this past week, and started painting on this miniature of a Carolina Wren.
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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle