Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Walk in the Woods

Since I don't have a painting to show you I thought I would invite you to tour our woods with us. We had a chilly but beautiful day here and the kids were home so we decided to take a nice walk in the woods. We live in the midst of the Allegheny National Forest so going for some great hikes are easy to do.
Terry and Niccho, Kristi, Hunter and Peete, and Terry and I climbed some rocks and went into some caves on the trail we were walking. (Tinker is with us, but you can't see her)
Here is Terry and Hunter walking around the base of one of the large rocks.
Terry and Niccho

Kristi and Peete

Peete holding up one of the rocks. :-)

Hunter taking a break.

Papa and Hunter coming out of one of the caves.

Kristi and Tinker looking into a cave.

Peete, Tinker, Papa, Kristi and Hunter near the cave.

Peete, Hunter and Tinker standing near the edge of one of the rocks we climbed.

Niccho taking a break.

Papa and Hunter standing in front of an odd shaped rock.

Walking along the path.

Papa in front of a cave.

Terry and Niccho looking at the view.


More rocks.

Kristi trying to come down a tight trail.

Terry and Hunter under one of the rock's overhangs.
Hunter (the toothless one) was getting tired so he hitched a ride on papa's shoulders.

This is just to show you what damage a porcupine can do. They will eat almost anything. Here is an aluminum sign they have gnawed on and have almost half the sign eaten. Well, that was the gist of our hike. The woods are beautiful, green and lush right now and a joy to walk through.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gray Squirrel, miniature painting

Here is my latest attempt at a miniature and my first in many many years of messing around with acrylics. The painting is 3.5 x 5 inches and the squirrel is about 2.5 inches. I think if I were going to put this in a show, he really should be a little smaller. But, all in all, this was good practice for me to work something so little. Next time, I hope to do smaller and better.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bluebird update

Just to let you know the chickadees won the battle for the bluebird house. They must of been relentless in their push for the house. I think they did let the bluebirds build most of the next though! Smart little buggers.
I went out and lifted the roof up and took this photo, there are 7 little eggs, and I think they are smaller than my thumbnail. Can't wait for them to hatch, will have to keep an eye on them and get pix of them growing. As long as I don't upset mama too much. I wonder where the bluebirds went?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bluebirds "Home Sweet Home"

I finally finished my bluebird painting today and also made a video of my work in progress. You can view it by clicking on this link. Video of Bluebird Painting which is on my Youtube web space. This is finished at a 9 x 12. It is an original oil painting of two bluebirds that took up residence in our bird house. This painting is for sale and will soon be on my website Wildlife and Nature Art with information for purchasing it. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Game camera in our field

I don't have much to show as far as progress in my painting so I thought I would show you what I get on our game camera that is in our back field. First you see whitetail deer, these are what are supposed to come in and enjoy our salt block and corn. The little doe that are coming in are so thin and ragged from such a long snowy cold winter we had. They have not yet started bringing their fawns in, maybe in a couple weeks they will start coming in to feed with their moms.
However, somehow the coons think we put it there for them. They are a nightly pest that come in and enjoy the deers' corn. The deer and coon are so used to each other that they will eat together. Evidently they feel no threat towards each other so they will tolerate the sharing of the food.
Look at the size of these coons, evidently we feed them well!! :-(

Also, the coons feel no threat from the little gray fox that comes around once in a while. Probably because he is bigger than the fox. I don't know if you can see it well but the fox is walking behind the salt block in the photo.

As of late we've been seeing Wiley Coyote. I think he must smell the animals that are coming in to feed. I also think he is weary of the flash of the camera because he keeps his distance.

This morning I had quite a surprise when I downloaded my photos from yesterday. (The date is a day off as somehow I set it with the wrong date.) Anyways... this is the first black bear we've had come in this year. I think he is quite a large fellow!

We have had many curious visitors over the years that we have captured on our game camera. Fishers, gray fox, red tail hawks, ravens, porcupines, skunk, many different song birds, squirrels, dogs and cats. Here are some of my favorites from past years. The first one below is of a raven and hawk fighting. Actually the hawk won as the next photo that was on my camera after this photo was of the hawk sitting on the corn.

The next one is of a nice little buck that was coming in during the fall one year.

The last one is of buck fighting. I love this photo as I would never have been able to get photos like this if it weren't for my game camera.

I hope you enjoy my hodge podge of animals from my game camera.