It’s another rainy day today, so our bird feeders are extra busy.
The young male Anna’s hummingbird (bottom) is sporting some impressive chin plumage, but missing his tail feathers.
I uncovered some leafcutter bee cocoons when I was weeding the plant pots on our front step.
In the summer I see the bees flying in to little holes in the dirt with the leaf disks they cut from the raspberry bushes tucked under their bellies. Continue reading
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Finally. Finished and varnished.
I’m a bit happier with parts of this a couple of revisions ago. But the point of this one was to just get it done and move on. Learn from the mistakes, etc.
So. I’m moving on.
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Recently, I found some old sketches I did years ago for a (killed) project. I’m feeling a bit inspired to revisit them and take them a bit further, now that I have regular, living reference buzzing around outside the window.
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These visitors to the feeders that hang outside the studio window make a working weekend much more enjoyable.
This is a tiny portion of the thousands of bees in my friend’s hives:
Because I had my eye pressed up against a viewfinder attachment on the camera, my veil was pushed up against my face. One of the bees crawled up on the outside of my veil, got a bit wedged between the camera and my face, and gave me a [small] sting on the nose. It only smarted for a couple of minutes, and it didn’t leave a stinger behind. But it did make me even more careful to make sure I didn’t wedge a bee between the eyepiece and the veil, because they do crawl all over the hood and I find I don’t really notice anything other than what I happen to be focused on filming – including the bees ricocheting off the back of my head.
This monotype is referenced from a bunch of photographs I took on my last visit with friends to Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island and includes some of my favourite subjects – birds and driftwood. I like the twisting shapes of driftwood, and the contrast of bleached bone-white against dark, wet rocks. I like how huge logs perched on the tops of mounded rocky shores, or crammed together in twisted masses are reminders of the wild energy of the waves that put them there. Continue reading
A few years ago I bought a tube of blue orchard mason bees and what started as 10 bees quickly grew into 100, and now 250 over a couple of years. This year they quickly filled an entire stacking nest block.