Nature Notes ~ Spring 2018
New Beginnings & Babies!
Our first rain shower of the season came a few days ago and during my walk, I could smell the soil. That moist, nurturing smell when the Earth is damp fills my heart with so much happiness. Spring is here! The robins, blackbirds, and great blue herons are back, and bird song brightens each day. The chickadees have one of my favorite tunes, a lively whistle-like song that sounds so cheerful!
Spring also marks the beginning of baby season! What is it about baby animals that's so darn cute? They're new, round and fluffy. Present and unassuming. Innocent and playful. Inquisitive. Unchiseled by time and open to experiencing life to the fullest. What's not to love about babies!
I remember one spring at my parents' house in Parker, we were lucky enough to see a doe give birth to not one, not two, but three fawns! Mom, Ed and I spoke in whispers while we peeked from the deck so as not to disturb the doe. We will never forget this beautiful experience. It was amazing!
In the spirit of new beginnings, I resolve to be more child-like this spring. I'm going to take it all in as if for the first time. I let nature fill me with beauty, wonder and joy!
May you enjoy fresh, new beginnings this spring!
Can you spot the two wolf pups?
In this painting, I highlight the social hierarchy of the pack by placing wolves within and around the shadows of aspen leaves. If you click on the image above, you can view and enlarge the full painting on my portfolio page for the West. There are nine "hidden" wolves in all, including the two pups. The painting also brings awareness to the ever important predator/prey relationships in nature. Every species is connected to the circle of life. We're really all connected. How beautiful!
Ever had a bird family build a nest on your porch? Maybe on a light fixture or under a roof eve? I sure have! One year, a pair of house finches settled in to raise their young on top of my porch light which provided a nice, warm place for the chicks, especially during cooler nights. Once the nest was built and the eggs were hatched, I enjoyed watching the darling feathered family.
What's the first sign of spring to you?
Cardinals singing in the treetops? The sound of spring peepers? Desert flowers blooming?
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With love and appreciation for the natural world, I'm inspired to share how plants and animals are connected to one another, to their ecosystem homes, and to people around the world. I bring into visual form the concept of biodiversity and the unity of all life. I hope my art helps you feel your own special connection to the land, the water, and all precious life on Earth. In our connection, lies hope. ~ Rebecca