May Birding Trips

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

I never get much painting done in May. With so many spring migrants moving through Michigan, we spend all of our spare time looking for birds. We did a few quick trips to Ottawa NWR and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (aka Crane Creek) in northern Ohio as well as Waterloo State Recreation

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Male Dark Phase Dimorphic Jumping Spider p69

Male Dimorphic Jumper (Dark Phase)

Male Dimorphic Jumper (Dark Phase)

This Spring has been great in Michigan. Our family keeps a running yard list of new migrants as they arrive. We also keep our eyes peeled for other early migrants and animals coming out of hibernation, like snakes, frogs, toads and butterflies. The first sunny day we had in

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Grass-Carrying Wasp Pencil Sketch p67

Grass-Carrying Wasp Pencil Sketch

Grass-Carrying Wasp Pencil Sketch

There is no doubt about it, pain is an excellent teacher. Hornets, wasps and bees make for some vivid memories. Like many, I can still remember my first bee sting. It was in the clover of our backyard. Other stings make for memorable moments, like was the time I was

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2015 Halloween Hats

Acorn Woodpecker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Hats

Acorn Woodpecker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Hats

Acorn Woodpecker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Hats

Acorn Woodpecker Hat

Acorn Woodpecker Hat

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Hat

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Hat

Well, that time of year has arrived again. Every year the kids and I start negotiations on what they should be for Halloween. I suppose

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More Horned Lark Sketches (pages 66 and 68)

Horned Lark Pencil Sketch

Horned Lark Pencil Sketch

Horned Lark Pencil Sketch

I did few sketches of Horned Larks in a row, as I was getting ready to do a painting of a group of them running in the snow. While on a family outing looking for a Snowy Owl reported near here, I got several photos

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