Saturday, June 13, 2009

Springtime

This is the time of year that I have long waited for. Birds are busy nesting, the spring peepers fill the night air with their intense trill and everywhere life is teaming. Every spare minute I have, you can find me in my garden. I love the earthy pungent aroma of the soil as it warms up, the feel of lush vegetation between my fingers. When I’m stressed from work, the garden is my haven, my safe place...










This spring has been rather cool and slow to start, and I’m hoping for warmer weather soon. I have been trying to baby along a Rose of Sharon bush that I hope will come back but so far is not looking too hopeful. Now my fireweed is starting to look rather limp.

We have had our usual occupants, snowshoe hares that have shed their winter coats, woodcocks and a pair of ruffed grouse which gave a wonderful display of mating rituals. Butterflies and dragonflies have made their way back and of course, our welcomed friends the hummingbirds.

There have been two to three pairs that have resided here and shared a hummingbird feeder for the past few summers. Many mornings I have found them fluffed up like golf balls trying to keep warm due to the cold dip in temperature.





















I enjoy watching for the return of the various birds and insect life each spring. I am planning on attending a science forum in Buckhorn and will relay my findings....

7 comments:

gwendolen said...

I love your sketches. You write very well, I'm glad I found your blog on the Nature Blog Network.

Heather said...

Hi Eleanor. I wanted to welcome you to the Nature Blog Network. I think you will find in the Network the "kinship with those of like minds" that you mention in your profile. I'm quite a private person myself, but somehow I've managed to make some good friends via blogging, many thanks to the NBN.
I really enjoy your artwork. While I'm an artist of a different genre (photography), I can certainly appreciate your subject matter and the passion you seem to have for it. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

Eleanor Thorel said...

Thank you for your comments Heather and I'm very glad to be part of this Network!

Eleanor Thorel said...

Thank you Gwendolyn. It is a pleasure to be part of the Nature Blog Network and to get to know other bloggers.

Nixon is in hell said...

I'm glad to see you're still painting; the Monarch butterfly colours are wonderful...

Eleanor Thorel said...

Thanks Guy!

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