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Weaving Ash Baskets – Earthskills 2016

I mentioned Earthskills previously.  In 2015 I made a bamboo digeridoo in Fuz Sanderson’s class.  In 2016, I met Barron Brown who led spoon and bowl carving classes. I did not take the “Weaving Baskets from Ash” class in 2016.   I was tempted, but I’m glad I didn’t succumb. Based on a visit to […]

Earthskills 2016: Carving with Barron

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed attending a day of Florida Earthskills, 2016.  The first time I went, I learned to make a bamboo didgeridoo with Fuz Sanderson.  This time, I learned a lot about carving bowls and spoons from Barron Brown. I would have loved to sign up for Barron’s classes, but both were […]

Spoonbill landing

Photographing Birds

Watching and photographing wading birds, songbirds, or mostly any birds is a real treat. I have been enjoying following Tootlepedal’s blog because he always takes a “flying bird of the day” photo.  And that is the treat, isn’t it?  To catch an in-focus flying bird — not always an easy photo. While at Sanibel Island, I […]

The Island, beach, birds

Getting up with the sun to meet Spoonbills and other birds for a photo shoot is a treat.                 This year the beach was covered in white spine needles from many, many sea urchins. A bird has eaten the inside of this urchin recently. It’s spines are still red but would bleach in the sun […]

View from Avent Studio window

Avent Studio provides unique nature experience

Immersed in nature. That was the feeling I had as I stood on the porch of Mayna Treanor Avent’s Studio in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The green of the trees was so vivid. I could hear the stream that was down the hillside. Occasionally a bird would sing. Beams of sun shone through […]

Monsoon at Wupatki

Wupatki National Monument: Monsoon Experience

We’d known that a big storm was on its way. Black clouds were at a distance across the Painted Desert. The summer is Monsoon Season in the West, so the timing was right for an afternoon storm. We were exploring the Wupatki National Monument, a pueblo ruins on the edge of the Painted Desert that […]

Judy and her flutes at Spring Garden Festival 2015

Bell Wood Turners at Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Woodturning, colorful flowers and plants, and warm weather. What a great combination for the Spring Garden Festival at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Fla. More than 6,000 are expected to attend the two-day event. The last day of the event is tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I really enjoyed […]

Small Wood Doors Honor SIPA Board Members’ Service

I was glad my wood doors could be part of the celebration at the 90th Southern Interscholastic Press Association convention. Executive Director Karen Flowers was celebrating her final convention before retiring. The door was open for me to be there in spirit! That’s a play on the word “door” !   I was commissioned by […]

How to set goals when leaping into the New Year

Like many people I no longer make New Year’s resolutions.  But I do set goals for the year.  Do you set goals for the year? My strategy for goal-setting, taken from my cat, simplifies the process. Recently I was able to photograph my cat moving from her lookout on top of the house (yes, the […]

Raven in sunbeams

Raven Inspiration for Photography, Kanteles and woodturning

If you ever have had the opportunity to watch ravens in the wild, you know you’re in for a treat.  They have a real sense of play when they’re in the air — sometimes turning air somersaults, sometimes careening swiftly, sometimes rolling over sideways while still flying. The raven often cast as a mischievous trickster is most often […]

cardinal nest in bush

Cardinal Sins in Nest Building

When I came home one day, the cat was winding her way on tiptoes through a complex maze of delicate branches in a bush. This was an unusual activity for cat. The next day, we spotted the nest.  A lush nest made of Spanish moss. Wise decision because Spanish moss would be like a velvet […]