Sunday, November 24, 2013

Another pileated woodpecker

The red oak tree directly seen from our deck has (a relatively recent) old dead branch poking out to the right of the main trunk.

It's a magnet for woodpeckers, not surprisingly,

-- we've seen downies and red-bellied woodpeckers visiting our feeder frequently,

Since the dead branch has occurred, we've been delighted to see pileated woodpeckers foraging, too.

The tree is relatively close, but not so close that good photographic shots are easy (at least with my long "normal" lens - 18-200 and older digital camera, a venerable Nikon D100)!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall sunsets

There have been glorious fall sunsets the last few days.  And the full moon just added to that.

This evening,  there was a remarkable sunset below the clouds, with orange illuminating the mountains beyond. Unbelievable.  Of course, I didn't have my camera with me. Nor a phone with a decent camera.  I was walking to where my car was parked (due to street/sewer work) here in the mountains.

I'm here to manage some renovation work in our small mountain house, but am grateful to have these beautiful views.  They're amazing.
Here's a view from a couple of years ago.

Monday, November 11, 2013

A pileated woodpecker

A Sunday morning excursion at the Garden (where I work) found us noticing a pileated woodpecker.

Its loud call is distinctive; no, that's not a hawk, I said, and then we spotted the vocalizer, a beautiful and striking bird.

Pileated woodpeckers are LARGE, the size of crows. 

And striking. 

I didn't have a camera along, but here's a link to the Cornell Lab of Lab to learn more about them.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A remarkable window box

It's such fun to be inspired by a wonderful window box that I saw in Rothenburg ob der Tauber just over a year ago.  Rothenburg is a wonderfully preserved medieval city, but these window boxes, above a cafe on the historic Marktplatz were both current and creative, filled with dried and live plants (there were five window boxes like this, I'm remembering).

Here's the photo that I choose as my inspiration for tonight's drop-in art class.

And my drawing with watercolor pencils inspired by it.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

You can never have too many leaves!

I enjoyed sharing some thoughts about creating a native woodland garden with a class this morning;  this was one of the "slides" that was part of my presentation, showing leaf collections from years past.

I love the leaf depot image -- bagged leaves on the old coal road, ready for spreading!
 
Here was today's haul, probably just the first of many for this fall  - my gardening companion can't pass up the bagged leaves in our neighborhood ready for pickup.  Fall has come later this year than usual, in an odd way -- with glorious fall color now in the first weekend of November, with leaves falling on a delayed schedule.
They have already been spread down the slope in the ravine forest!
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