Monday, September 19, 2011

Sadness is

We went to collect my exhibition at Kerry Woods Nature Centre in Red Deer on saturday. It felt sad to take down the show, though it was wonderful to briefly visit friends as they came to retrieve their butterfly paintings. Initially the exhibition was up for the month of July though wonderfully was extended till last friday so many people were able to enjoy my take on Nature. One young woman complimented my art by saying she was happy to see wildlife art that is "vibrant and Not boring" I am glad to have brought some colour and joy into peoples lives.  As usual we did a small walk to the duck blind where dragonflies were abundant and a few ducks and coots still present.
 Muskrat swam by, don't you just love those sunlit ripples.
 Dragonfly
 Autumns golden pathway.
 Dragonfly or Darner?
 Two honking geese flew overhead.
Beautiful Coot, these birds are crazy and endearing I must really do a portrait of one soon.
Gorgeous spot of red, a delightful ladybug.

I love the Kerry Woods Nature Centre and Sanctuary. Its a wonderful stop point when we travel to Calgary. Tables out front by the parking lot make it a great place to picnic before taking a stroll around the lakes, though I must admit I have never made it all the way around the two lakes yet.

We decided to check out Bower Ponds in Red Deer as we've been informed it was a beautiful place.


 There are a few neat sculptures of beaver that look to be carved from red brick, how cool is that.
 Water trees dancing ripples.
 Fall flowers in bloom.
 Bleached Blossoms, these did not seem to be attracting the bees,
Though these ones continually had bees on them.
 Pesky photographer disturbing our nap, sheesh wheres a duck go for privacy these days!.
 Fountains contrast nicely with the yellowing leaves.
 Canada goos enjoying the pond amidst colourful reflections.
Three Amigos.
 Above the pond leaves exchange coats of green for sporty fall color.
Blue grass and blossoms, such a delightful park, hope you enjoyed the stroll.
Big hugs and Joy to you all!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Edmonton Naturalists Garden Delights

The Edmonton Naturalists garden beheld delights of Goldfinches feeding, 
 Chipping Sparrows basking in the warm sun,
 and a flash of orange.
 There was also a variety of bugs, this one is sporting a funky stripped jacket and
this butterfly attire has become tattered.

 Above us a hawk surveying the garden and at 
my feet a Teeny tiny Tree Frog, what a delightful surprise.
 Gorgeous color of asters and seed heads.
 Seedpod patterns to delight the eye.
False dandelion. 
 Paintbrush
and a splash of aster blossom and seeds.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Native Alberta Plants Garden

 Here is the Alberta native plants garden my sweetie has made. As the yard needed to be re-graded he moved the sidewalk off to the right to build the garden between the evergreens where it gets more light. So much nicer having stepping blocks rather than a solid sidewalk straight up to the house and rather than striving for perfection on placement of stones we chose not to cut out evergreen roots that were near the surface and went around them instead. Grass has been planted between the stepping blocks which is now coming up.
The view from our steps towards the street.
To build me this garden my sweetie went out and invested volunteer weeding time with the Edmonton Naturalization Group. As I cannot bend and weed I helped gather seeds and took hundreds of photos out at the garden. Now comes the work of sorting through the photos and putting the better ones onto disc for the group to use as they see fit. I enjoy going out to the garden where they grow natural Alberta plants. Its refreshing, and as a bonus the goldfinches are abundant.
Flowers at the Edmonton Naturalization Group Nursery Garden. There are goldfinches in these flowers though hard to spot as they blend right in.
A gift at our feet in the garden.
Alberta Wild Rye, we planted a small tuft of this in our natural garden by the stones that are outside the garden perimeter. The seed head colour is lovely.
We planted Prairie Blazing Star. I sure hope ours take as isn't it lovely. The resident jackrabbit ate one though thankfully left me with two plants. The White Prairie Asters are a different story though, he ate all of those yet left the yellow ones alone, and my Tall Wild Sunflowers, all gone. Ole Jack better watch out or he may become rabbit stew, just kidding; we will encircle the next bunch we get with wire to protect them.
There are quite a variety of wild asters , I cannot remember if we planted these type which are quite showy as a group.
Prairie Clover blossom.
Goldfinch on Wild Sunflower, this type is a southern Alberta flower.
Joe Pye Weed in foreground and Common Tall Sunflower behind, a sunflower that likes wet areas though I am told its pretty hardy and will acclimatize to gardens. These sunflowers are about 6 feet tall.
White Prairie Aster growing amidst Sweetgrass.
Garden Dragons.
Asters, the soft colour behind is Sage.
Bee and Gaillardia Aristata blossom.
Giant Anise Hyssop, a member of the Mint family that can be used as a tea that heralds a liquorice flavour.
Hopefully my garden will be sporting many of these wild blossoms next year.
Big Hugs, hope you enjoyed the mini-garden tour.