Monday, May 29, 2017

Faux Gogh

When I saw this boulder I was instantly reminded of Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night". Clicking on photos enlarges them. Try to find the quarter in the second photo below for size comparison. There are loads of rocks and boulders of all sizes here in Michigan's Thumb; they were left behind when the glaciers retreated only 10,000 years ago. They say the ice was a mile high here.

Many people have boulders in the front yards out by the road. This one I wanted to be able to see every day from my kitchen window.

Korpur recently turned thirteen. He's an amazing dog and, I think, he looks great. I recently became reacquainted with one of Korp's grandsons. I used to wonder why anyone would want to clone their pet. Now I get it. You can't see in these photos but he has a korkur tail

It's much easier to see korkur tails in the photos below. I'm a little disappointed that a few of our Icelandic Sheepdogs have "lazy" tails.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Paintings by Nature

Amazing Views. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

Sculptures by Glaciers

Nature working on boulders! I thought some sculptures would look great spotted around the gardens to draw the eyes from one site to another. Clicking on photos enlarges them.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Heat Wave? Bye Bye!

Two days with the temps in the mid-eighties reminded me of July and August; opened the screen doors and aired the place out a bit. How do people manage to live in the south - - for lots of reasons, temperature and humidity included. Today the house heat is back on. Michigan! Click on photos to enlarge them.

Trees are greening up.

Mini-Daffodils arrive later but 
seem happier than the earlier daffs.

Vinca and Wild Strawberries - Nice combo

All of the Winter-Garage-Sheltered Geraniums Survived!

Rose Breasted Grosbeaks Passing Through

Cherry Tree Has Its First Flowers

Female Baltimore Orioles. 
(sorry, using up the last of the red dyed hummer food)

My bosc pear tree had around a dozen and a half pears the first year it produced fruit. (I didn't know I should have thinned the fruit out.) Last year there were only six. All of them both years were excellent and kept for a long time. This year I will definitely thin them out a bit so I don't have a down year next year - hopefully. I also didn't know that boscs need another variety to pollinate their flowers so this person who thought that he would never become an old man growing fruit trees, had to plant a bartlett pear tree in order actually to have pears! Note the cherry tree flowers above; did I decide on sweet or sour cherries? Hmmm. (The bartletts were good too!) I don't spray but I do spend some time picking off bugs (and watching birds pick them off too).

Grumpy Parrot or Owl?


I suspect I don't see sunsets that are as spectacular as my sunrises because the colors are hidden by my northern evergreen forest. That does not mean I don't love the more subtle colors of early sunsets, I do.

The blue jay migrations are still in full swing. I'll be relieved when they all leave. Most of the "sunbirds" have returned here from winter vacations further south and are building nests. Eggs soon I suspect. All of the bluebird/tree swallow houses have occupants; there's even a house wren pair in one! The aerial acrobatics of the swallows are amazing.

We used to go the Point Pelee every spring with inveterate birders to see the amazing return of migrating birds. Now they come to me here now so I must be on the flyway. It's much easier; the birds come ridiculously close here but I miss the comraderie of good friends with shared interests.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Group of Seven & Tom Thomson

John Cynar recently got The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson book for me. If I could paint, I would paint like them. Maybe I'm a closet Canadian? (Clicking on photos enlarges them.)

Choke Cherry, Prunus virginiana

Juneberry, Amelanchier

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

White Birch, Betula papyrifera

White Birch, Betula papyrifera

White Birch, Betula papyrifera

I've gone to the "city" several times recently and come home grateful. The most recent trip was to pick up the second half of my new diptych which, hopefully, Jon and John will hang this summer.

These also could be group of seven-ed: -