Thursday, May 31, 2012

My beautiful Glen of Imaal Terrier had surgery a week ago- I thought we'd lose him- he had a large tumor wrapped around his spleen. I'm very grateful to our wonderful vet, Jennifer Lesser, ( Norwich Regional Animal Hospital )
,who removed the tumor and spleen in a very tricky operation.  And the best news of all- the tumor was not malignant.
Here's a picture of Rory in his improvised "hospital gown" - an old T-shirt.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe  by animalartist
Horned Grebe , a photo by animalartist on Flickr.

Recent Viewing in Vermont

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Two Ravens

Two Ravens, a set on Flickr.

After reading an article posted by Vermont Center for Ecostudies on Raven behavior, I thought it would be fun to see this sequence of interactions.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Holiday Shows

I will be having my own show at the Zollikofer Gallery, Hotel Coolidge , White River Jct., Vermont from Nov. 18, 2011 to Jan. 18, 2012.
The show is called
A Journey Through the Upper Valley
OPENING RECEPTION is on "First Friday", Dec. 2, 5-7 PM.

I will also have cards and prints for sale at the PHOTOSTOP gallery,
Tiptop building in White River Jct. starting that same evening at the opening of Neill Rantoul's Show.  Reception is from 5-8 PM.  Please go to BOTH events!

In addition I will be participating in AVA Gallery's Annual Holiday Show and Sale, Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2011.  11 Bank St. Lebanon, N.H.
Opening reception is Friday, Nov. 25, 5-7 PM.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Upcoming Art and Photography Shows

The holiday season is upon us, and with it, a whole slew of shows and sales. Visit my "Art and Photography Shows" page for the latest news.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pigs' Tails and Fanciful Journeys

Had a nice , quick visit with my daughter at UVM yesterday. Then we (Wayne, my husband and I) went on to look for bird on Mt. Philo and Dead Creek. Saw a few nice species, but no migrating hawks. Returning home via the Brandon gap (Vermont). however, we encountered some unusual "Wild"-life. At Forest Dale there were two pigs in the road! I slowed down and a fire dept. truck behind me stopped, presumably to "Herd pigs". A daunting task. Wayne got this picture of the porkers.

Well not long after we encountered a huge bull moose, luckily just at the side of the road. No photos- too close!. The about 30 +/- miles later we came across....guess what? No! Yes! Two more pigs in the road!! How could this be. Pig liberation day? Crazy!

This time I got out and talked to them. Th...ey were quite friendly and returned my grunts, but ran off to enjoy their freedom. I flagged down several cars, asking if anyone knew the owners, and trying to keep them from getting hit. They were having such fun exploring and finding good things to snuffle up. Finally a woman came along who found the owners, and as she took over guard duty , we moved along. Wish I knew how they fared.

Here's a picture of one, (they looked alike). I added a little warning to this one!

So, what gives? Pig liberation day??

Friday, May 28, 2010


In these troubled environmental times, it is with particular delight that I am witnessing the next generation of local birds exhibiting "feed me" behavior. Especially satisfying are the Evening Grosbeaks , whose presence I am honored to witness, as they have apparently declined approx. 50% in the least decade.
Also newly minted are a Hairy Woodpecker and I think , some Purple Finches and Tufted Titmice. 

New to my property today, for the first time in perhaps 10 years, a female Baltimore Oriole-quite a shock as we do not have much open land. They used to be abundant before a nearby orchard got grown over.

To see some young Evening Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Hairy Woodpecker photos, go to: Vermont Birds and their Fledglings

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Creatures at home

Today a fox trotted through my property-checking out the bird feeder. Nobody got caught, but the Titmice were very agitated.  Here's a foxy photo. I also have a camera in the woods that takes photos of wildlife.  Three weeks of viewing yielded 2 deer videos, 2 raccoon videos and one bear video!

On another note, the resident birds are starting to bring their "kids" to the feeders, including an Evening Grosbeak, and Tufted Titmice.  The Phoebes are still sitting on their eggs on a ledge on my house, and mama Mallard had 10 ducklings last I checked at the beaver pond.

There is so much going on in these woods that I don't see too!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Bird songs

I've posted some new bird songs on my "Birds" page incliding a Winter Wren and a new Mystery Bird.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Can you tell what bird this is from the sound?

Here's a Vireo singing.  It is either a Red-eyed Vireo or a Blue-headed Vireo. Can you tell which?

Saturday, May 1, 2010


It's Springtime!! (More or less- we did have a snowstorm the other day. ) I've been out "birding"- checking on new arrivals, delighting in feather and song. We also have a thriving local year-round population-Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Red and White- Breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches......

So this winter, a flock of Evening Grosbeaks arrived and are still here. We used to get 30+ birds. Now I'm happy to see our little flock of 7-10 birds.

Other than looking for birds, one of my greatest joys (and frustrations), is to take photographs of them and record them. I hope to be posting some photos soon, and maybe even some recordings.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


It's show season! I'm participating in the following:

At the Southern Vermont Center for the Arts in Manchester N.H. :
Juried in to the Vermont Watercolor Society show, Oct. 31- Dec. 1.

At the Hotel Coolidge Zollikofer Gallery in White River Jct. Vt. :
"Watercolor Journeys" - Grace Ellis' painting group featuring small works-
Opening reception Fri. Dec. 4, 2009, 5-7 PM
Show runs Nov. 20, '09- Jan. 20th '10

At AVA Gallery in Lebanon, N.H. Annual Holiday Show-Members' exhibition):
November 27-Dec. 30
Opening reception Fri. Nov. 27 5-7 PM

Sunday, October 4, 2009

More "photo-painting", or Digital Art

Here's another photo that evolved into a digital painting. It started out as a log with beaver chomps on it, and ended up as a winged dog-creature. It is still evolving.

About my "Photo-Paintings"

I enjoy photography and painting, so why not combine them? This is what I've been doing with some of my photos. "Hornbeam Gifts" originated as a photograph of two old Hornbeam (Ironwood) trees on my property. They were leaning towards each other, suggesting some sort of alliance. I started playing in Photoshop with the liquefy filter, which stretches and swirls things. The two characters gradually emerged, and the shapes around them suggested various animals. Some of the parts were "painted" in with Photoshop brushes.
Here's the original photo:

You can see the final result on the side bar-"Hornbeam Gifts" Click on that picture to see a bigger one. How many critters do you see?