Joyeux Noel CardinalThe first of this season’s holiday themed sketches, completed last night. The upper left corner needs something. I’m just not sure what and didn’t want to overwork it. I’m also not convinced on the pine needles. Feel free to give me ideas to draw. I’m definitely open to suggestions.

*Attribution: Sketched from John Flannery‘s photo titled, Cardinal.

Chief Seattle~ Happy Thanksgiving, Ya’ll! ~

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 26, 2015 in Nature, Photography

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and safe travels.

Color Your Attitude

Image  —  Posted: November 25, 2015 in Art, Drawings & Sketches, Quotes
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I saw something similar to this come through my Facebook feed the day I drew it. This, however, was what I imagined. Hehe.


Image  —  Posted: November 22, 2015 in Art, Drawings & Sketches, Quotes
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Snail on Mushroom>

Burgess Falls 7.3.15

Heavy rainfall for the past few days, particularly from storms last night, has the Falling Water River flowing pretty heavy. The hike out to the main waterfall at Burgess Falls State Park in Sparta, TN, was totally worth getting completely drenched by rain. I’ve never seen a more majestic sight than this river flowing with such great force! Positively beautiful and awe-inspiring!

I was surprised and a little heartbroken when I reached the overlook at the Middle Falls. The overlook, as well as the tree that stood there, are gone, slid away. :/

Missing Overlook to the Middle Falls #1

Missing Overlook to the Middle Falls #2 Missing Overlook to the Middle Falls #3

The Middle Falls Stream Falls Falling Water RiverMore Stream Falls Inexplicable Shoes The CascadesCaution Self-evident


Update 11/21/15: I’ve been meaning to update this post about Burgess Falls State Natural Area with information I received from a park ranger I saw out there back in September. He told me that they had to close the overlook viewing the main waterfall due to structural damage taken during this flood. The area has since been fenced off due to an accident out there during August. I’ll update this post again when/if I hear anything new about repairs, etc.

Flood Damage 1

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Flood Damage 6

Update 11/22/15: Yesterday, when I updated this post, I popped over to Friends of Burgess Falls State Natural Area on Facebook to ask the questions, “Is it the weather/season or funding needed for repairs to be made? Also, if people wanted to make donations to help out in the case of funding who should they contact?

Today, I had a reply which I thought I would share here for anyone interested in helping out. From Lee Hapner, president of Friends of Burgess Falls State Natural Area:

Mainly it is how government slowly works. However, any help in funding is appreciated and the Friends of Burgess Falls do that through donations and fund raisers. Donations can be given at the Park office, or you may contact me via phone 931-260-3152. My name is Lee Hapner and I am the precisdent [sic] of the Friends Group. Thank you for your interest.

Clymene Moth

This Clymene Moth, Haploa clymene, popped in while I was carrying in groceries this evening to wait out the storm. I guess it’ll be fine there on the wall till it quits raining. That is, provided the cats don’t find it first. These are lovely moths with a very distinctive wing pattern.

Before David left for work this afternoon he brought in the first of hopefully many pieces of produce from the garden. These Summer Squashes and Zucchini grow fast!

Summer Squash & Zucchini

The plants are a lot bigger than I expected, too. They take up about half of our garden space. Since this is our first garden here, David started small, about 10′ X 15′. That should be plenty just for us, though. He also planted a bit of lettuce, tomatoes, corn, green beans, and some peppers. Fresh produce really is the best! The photo below is from June 7th.

Summer Squash Plant