Keep an eye on the wooden post in the photo above.
Now we will continue to quietly walk down the path towards the studio where, Ellie May, the artist cat resides. She enjoys the view of the garden from a window on her porch and most of all the sight of anything that scurries or flies. She's in luck!
Meanwhile, back in the house, Brody is content to hang out with his mouse friend.
Looking through the window screen this morning, I was surprised to see this young red squirrel sentinel! This is the time of year that the red squirrel babies are old enough to be out on their own discovering their world!
Yesterday was cloudy and cool and we were very worried about our dear Polly... she seemed ill. She slept all day and didn't eat which is very uncharacteristic of her.
This morning I was so relieved to see her greet me for her breakfast. She went out on the back porch and when I peeked out to see what she was up to, I was touched to see her in a basket in the sunshine.
Perhaps she was being entertained by all of the chipmunks we have running through the garden this year and doing very funny things.
Whenever I comb Brody, I save his fur and place it on the honeysuckle vines surrounding our front porch. This little chickadee took me by surprise this morning ... she was in the distance and I wasn't quite sure what she was doing til I got closer... I recognized Brody's fur and the chickadee was gathering some of it to line her nest.
One year ago on Mother's Day, I heard a commotion outside the upstairs studio window. Looking over towards the roof overhang, on a ledge were 5 baby red squirrels. It was their first day out into the world of nature having been born in the attic. I was glued to the window for hours and continued to follow their progress for days as they played, boxed, comforted each other, became daring and explored until they were ready to leave the safety of their attic home via the branch of the apple tree. It was fascinating!
Two of the baby red squirrels caring for each other.
We were fortunate to see a mourning dove couple and their baby in our yard.
Last year we were very excited to spot a kildeer ( plover ) and her babies running around a field. When the mom called them, they ran to her and she hid them under her wing.
Best wishes to all mothers for love, caring, sharing and understanding....
What does an oriole and a chipmunk have in common?
Who would have thought, an orange!
I was thrilled to see a flash of orange and realize the oriole had discovered the orange. It almost immediately flew to higher branches and began to sing.
Next time I glanced over at the orange, something else seemed to be feasting on it that didn't resemble the oriole.
Upon closer inspection, I was so amazed to see our chipmunk actually sitting in the orange and enjoying the fruit.
What a day for wildlife ... saw the oriole, a ruby-throated hummingbird, the rufus-sided towhee is still here along with the finches, cowbirds, chickadees, cardinals, sparrows and more...
We dot oranges cut in half onto branches and other spots in the yard to attract the orioles. I never imagined it would catch the attention of our resident chipmunk who seemed to enjoy the fruit immensely!
Today was a chipmunk kind of day. With the help of my camera, I gathered these images from which to draw at a later time. These 2 very busy resident chipmunks have learned how to make the most of our bird feeder and garden. Luckily for them, Ellie May is an indoor cat now.
This morning I was intrigued by something partially hidden in the garden. I waited patiently with my camera and managed to photograph this elusive bird. I have never seen it here before and was wondering if anyone can identify this lovely brown bird with some orangy rust color.
PS. Thanks to those who know, she is an Eastern ( Rufus) Towhee!
Woke up early this morning with Brody, who was thrilled and trilled and purred when he realized I was going to be working for a little while in his studio, a little room upstairs in the house! He settled in right beside me on the work table and watched as I continued to work on a drawing of cormorants sitting on the dock.
Meanwhile, right through the window, I could see Ellie May in her studio watching and waiting for me to bring over her breakfast and then to work under her guiding countenance.
I'm an artist/illustrator specializing in ink and watercolors and photography. My little studio in Maine is nestled in our garden by a babbling brook. Everyday I draw inspiration from the pets who have touched my life, our garden, birds and wildlife critters, quaint old houses, children, shells, scenes of the seaside and more.
Hope to share my art and observations with you and don't forget to take a moment to notice the precious little things around you.