Monday, August 18, 2014

Blackbirds in the Wild Rice

I had a wonderful walk around the refuge this morning.  It's been a while since I've made it all the way around the impoundment.  Fall feels near.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the Foreground

The blurred forms in the background are the Philadelphia Airport.  It's amazing to have such a wealth of natural awesomeness so close to the airport and city.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wood Duck Update

I imagine the impoundment is at Wood Duck capacity.  There have been so many ducklings this year. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting Ready

My two weeks off are more about getting ready for Fall than taking a break.  I spent every minute of May & June in the studio planning to start Fall prep when Olivia got out of school.  But by then I was teaching my surprise summer school classes. So this is it.  Time to plan and prepare.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Shock of Color

Everything seemed to glow in Saturday morning's light.  I took quite a few plant and landscape photos.  But then who could resist these colors?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer Classes Have Ended

Charcoal on Paper by Josie

Pastel on Paper by Abby

Charcoal on Paper by Jarrett

My final summer class ended on Friday.  Despite the exhaustion of my six hour work days...I know real world, I know...I enjoyed my time with these dedicated High School students.  It's so much fun to see their drawings come to life.  In two weeks I start up again with the college students so not much rest for the weary. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pressed Leaves

Because the coleus leaves are so lumpy and dimensional I decided to press them after scanning them.  The color drained quite quickly.  These are only a week from the day I pressed them.  I shall have to see if pressing fresh leaves overnight gives me some flatness and color. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Coleus Obsession

I've been pretty obsessed with my coleus plants ever since I brought them home with me this Spring.  I'm in the process of attempting to propagate them so I can move them inside this Fall.  I have in mind keeping each of these alive until I can replant them next summer. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Walk

I have just finished reading John Muir's "My First Summer in the Sierra" which was somewhat compensating for my inability to walk through nature myself.  Now I would, of course, desperately like to take my own walk through the Sierra but in the mean time I do enjoy my walks through Tinicum Marsh.  The last two Saturdays have been a bit stormy.  As such the greens have taken on an intense lime color.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Plant Material

I'm too tired for words these days so images will have to suffice.  On the other hand I have a lot going on in my mind which will hopefully result in some things I can share.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


The plants look like August even if the weather was doing a September imitation.  No matter, I'll take a nice 70 degree day anytime. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rainy Day

I got caught in the rain during yesterday's walk at the refuge.  Obviously there were signs... but I confidently proceeded, sans umbrella, believing in the forecasted AFTERNOON storms.  Sigh.  I got soaking wet but managed to keep my camera dry.  Most unfortunately I had to cut my walk short.  So sad when I'm only getting one a week. 

Friday, July 25, 2014


Summer is flying by, what with all my extra teaching.  This past two week period I only had class in the morning and since Olivia was taking an afternoon class I got to spend some time in the studio.  But I'm getting very little time outdoors.  Just once a week.  Sob. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Great Blue Heron

I'm pretty confident that this is a juvenile Great Blue Heron.  An adult would have a black and white crown and this guys seems to be all dark.  Also the striping on the throat and neck indicate juvenile.  While I was taking these photos another birder asked me how many photos of a Great Blue Heron do I need?  The short answer, for my project, is at least one a week.  But really I'd photograph them every day.  And when one flies right over my head...well, I'm not going to miss that.  Each bird is an individual and I can learn a lot from the photos I take.  Not to mention, I enjoy it. Plus who doesn't love a flight sequence??