Snow Day

Blurred by ice-then-snow-now, grass and tree and house and bay are rendered in the softest greys. Meteoric, a crow as black as space lands on a tailwind. Then another; black feathers plump and shudder off the snow. They strut like they own the place. Which today, they do. Neighbors' grand homestead, built out over decades…

A Whole New Life

I've been posting here less often for a very good reason: after five years of under-employment, I landed a job. Dream Job I've gone to work for a company called Earth Resources Technology, a prime contractor for NOAA. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is under the Department of Commerce. That's because the agency's sections, oceans and…

Cherry Blossom Joy!

I try to get out and paint plein-aire from the Yoshino cherries during their brief and glorious blooming. It's always unpredictable! This year it seemed imminent, then a cold front delayed their progress, then BAM! an explosion of flowers. When I first came to Washington, I expected something gaudier. I was amazed by the subtle…

The Earliest Frogs

I hear frogs. Yesterday a deluge. Wild storms ripped libs from the trees. Pounding rain left pools of cool spring water the vernal pools that invite the sleeping ones awaken. Imagine: your world is cold, solid, dark. You are one with the winter dream, until a trickle of liquid warmth reaches down, stirring something in your…

Neomenia, Eostre & Equinox

Neomenia is a fancy word for New Moon, which we have a splendid example of today. The Super Moon of March 20, 2015 caused a total eclipse of the sun for the North Atlantic and bits of Greenland and Iceland. Some Pagan folk call Spring Equinox by the name of Ostara, or Eostre, after the ancient…

Cherry Blossom Time!

This Sunday April 13th if you're in the DC area you can come and join me and other plein aire painters while we paint cherry blossom landscapes at the foot of North Capitol Street. Click on the map for directions. If you are NOT local, click HERE. Bring your sketchbook, easel and brushes, camera or phone, picnic…

Here’s Why We All Get to Eat

Today I bring you a tribute to the engine of the life, something that if you're like me, living in the Northern Hemisphere, you have been outside celebrating in recent days. The cherry trees are opening their blossoms, the lambs are cavorting on greening pastures, and everyone wants to be outside in shirtsleeves, taking in…

Miraculous Sounds of Spring

If you heard this sound, would you think it was? click to play audio At first listen, you might think you were hearing something like this: click to play audio That's a sound it's good to hear in the woods these days. The mid-Atlantic winter has been hard on us, and the singing of frogs…

Spring Colors

I found myself compelled to browse through spring photos today - and was struck by the peculiar colors we see this time of year, after the monochrome of winter. Here's a sampling, and there are more to be seen at my Flickr (below right)