My Flowers and Birds 4/20/2022

I gathered the pictures of my flowers around the house. They bring such joy and would make a great painting. Scroll through and look forward to warmer weather.
Female Eagle
Tree Swallow


Sunny and crisp

It is one of those fall days where the trees are turning and the sun is shining making everything seem glorious. I decided to pull out the Nikon D40 because it is so much easier to do a blog post with, the pictures are all ready to go.

We planted a tree last year that will look like this when it is bigger. I think it is called autumn flame. For the time being though I will enjoy the neighbors.
The geese and ducks have been flying in and flying out. It has been a week since the soy beans were harvested and they have been serious about cleaning up the field for anything that was left behind.
I love these tiny aster blooms. This plant never does get very full because it is beside the cat mint that grows very large. I should move the aster but only if I get around to it.
These mums are so pretty and there were shiny droplets of water on them but it really didn’t come through on the picture.
Ornamental grass in our landscaping. It seems to bloom late and I don’t know if it is supposed to be that way or the dryer vent heat slows it down in the summer. I love the wispy wheat looking spires that wave in the breeze.
I really like the little “pumpkin pie” pumpkins…so cute!
The front bed was just pretty with the sun shining on it. It has the fall colors on it now and some plants are just looking quite puny. Crispy, breezy and sunny days just make me happy!
Making stationary for holiday shows. I always purchase watercolor notecards from Dick Blick, my favorite place to purchase supplies. It is such nice paper that accepts archival ink with my hand carved stamps.
Other cards I have made with my carved stamps, different wreaths. My stamps are very interactive and I also add dots of enamels accents from Wendy Vecchi. They dry so quickly and the drawn lines are made with zig millennium pens. They are waterproof, archival, fade proof.

Anyone who thinks leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. — Shira Tamir

Vivid Colors from the Botanical Garden


Today I decided to stop at the Botanical-Conservatory in Fort Wayne. I had not been to it in years. I ended up taking 99 pictures so I definitely was not disappointed. This post will just show the colors of the different plants that I got to enjoy.


I thought this leaf was gorgeous!


This was in the Japanese Garden.




Japanese umbrella


Poker Plant


Bird of Paradise in the Tropical Garden. I will share more later. Thanks for stopping. Oh and if you have a Botanical Garden in your area go and see it. It was time well spent.

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Midwest Changes


I took a walk today to gather leaves or other natural items to paint or carve into a stamp. The colors are starting to come out. This is a bush outside of my front door. It was so pretty with the sun shining on it.


My burning bush is all changed and losing the leaves. Closeup of the its berries.


Our neighbors crab apple tree.


A common area that has the trees lining it.


It’s breezy today, our flags are standing up nicely.



A wall of yellow and green.


The sun must shine on that spot.


Blue sky, the tree in the middle is just not going to change yet.


Pretty red mums.


I have watched these pinecones when they first came on to the tree, and then they grew and were green and now they have matured.


The squirrels are busy. The farmers almanac says we are going to have a lot of snow this winter, it seems as if the squirrels know it too. They were very active this morning, running all around and chirping at me as I walked by.


Ornamental grass


Another kind of ornamental grass.


My sweet potato vine has been blooming this last couple of weeks. They look like small petunias. It was kind of a nice surprise. Hope that you have a lot of pretty nature where you are at.