We've had over 8" of rain in the last 10 days. This will bode well for wildflowers in the Spring. In the meantime, I'm observing local surprises. A small whitetail buck came grazing in front of my studio window unconcerned with my framing movements within. In the field pictured, the indiscernible dot along the fence line is a turkey foraging. The orb weavers are back making their beautiful webs. Life is good.
I spent several days in San Diego, California attending the Society of Animal Artists 50th anniversary Exhibit of Art and the Animal. I am a Signature Member and my etching 'Spooked!' was juried into the show. I spent a day sight seeing. Here are a few pics of Laguna Beach. Way different than Texas! I'll be posting more highlights in the coming days.
It seems to me you don't see red ant beds too much anymore. There are several on my property and I try to take care of them. I don't use pesticides and keep the mower away. I like watching them. They're all business and they do their jobs well. I just bought a new book called Adventures Among Ants by Mark Moffett. From listening to an interview on NPR I think it will be a fun read.
Though I didn't intend to get another dog, I couldn't allow what would have been, so I rescued this beautiful yellow lab named Lucy, with permission from my pack. She is settling in & learning to be a part of the family. She's an overweight girl, but with 3 other dogs to play with & lots of playing ball, she'll trim down in no time! Welcome Lucy!
Though the poor folks in the Northeast & East are being oppressed by HOT temperatures, we here in central Texas are grateful for the rain & temps being on average 20 - 25 degrees cooler than last summer. In the summer of 2009, starting in June, we hit triple digits everyday for over 100 days. I'm talking 104 - 109 degrees. When I walked to my studio, little clouds of dust puffed around my steps. It got really dry around here. It felt like opening the oven door when you stepped outside. Low 90's & high humidity is just fine with me this summer. I hope it stays that way!