Feather and Egg April 23, 2017

The box is singing

Fledglings are making some noise

Do the parents sleep?

Art Prescription:  Mother Nature’s tenacity is amazing. Every minute or so I see one of the chickadee parents leave the box to go grocery shopping. The box gets quiet. And as soon as one of the parents flies in, there is a lot of sweet high-note chirping going on.

Index card with colored pencil:

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Nest March 25, 2017

Loads of rich green moss

And soft downy rabbit fur

A chickadee nest.

Art Prescription:  It fascinates me that all birds build different nests. Some use twigs and vines, some nest in tree cavities, others build with leaves, moss, fur, and I’ve even seen a snake skin. What a lot of work these winged friends put into their offspring.

Sumi-ink with my chop that says “hope”

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Planning Ahead May 9, 2016

Bird egg blue birdTwo different nests

One for now, one for later

Industrious bird.

Art Prescription:  I’ve had bluebirds building a nest inside a box in the yard for a month. Curious about this behavior, I asked the crew at Carolina Birders. Evidently these birds are building an alternate nest. While the pair takes care of sitting on eggs or feeding current fledglings, they spend their mornings building another nest. So if something happens to the first nest they have a new nest to lay eggs in or they may just use it as the next home. Fascinating how nature equips itself with procreation!!

8 x 8 mixed-media on watercolor paper


Haiku July 1, 2013 Purple Finch

She pecks at mosses

Beak full she pauses, waits for

His wings to say fly!

Art Prescription:  Watching a pair of purple finches in my backyard…delightful. Clearly team work as she gathers materials for a nest, he stands watch to see that the coast is clear. A slight jiggle of wings is cue for them to fly off together for their destination.

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Haiku June 17, 2013 Sturdy Construction

Nestled on branches

Stands test of wind and rain, proof

Sturdy construction.

Art Prescription:  We have been watching a robin’s nest for a couple of weeks. When recent thunderstorms ripped through here, I worried about the nest. Proof of the builder’s determination, the nest sits strong and steady! Amazing!

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