Friday, July 12, 2024


A few weeks ago I discovered a new magpie nest built right up against Sibley the Peregrine's building, the circle to the right. Last year there was an active nest above her spot, the other circle and parent magpie squawking away to the left. Then I found out why - at least three of the chicks had bailed. Mom actually charged Mose the dog!

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Pheasant Fight

 A shot taken in late April, cockfight in the yard. The guy on the left won.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Here Goes

On Claybord with acrylic, printing ink, Arteza Brush Pens, lots of stuff and ...whew, putting that one to rest and next an etching! Got a pile of new PETG plastic in the mail from Blick Art Supplies, along with a magnifying glass arrangement on the desktop to get the details.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Raven Love

I have been working on a Claybord painting of a Raven for several days, and took it out of the trash this morning to give it another chance. "You can fix it," suggested Tom with great optimism. Or at least a good acting job...HA! Not the same Ravens here, but down at the river. We shall see about that painting, and just rolled on a whole second layer of printing ink, currently drying in the sun. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy Holiday

Have a great 4th! We have a fantastic fireworks display across the highway from us here in Florence, and I always sit in the front yard with the camera.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Monday, July 1, 2024

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Back Stage Pass

Yesterday's gig with Back Stage Pass, a fan base and travel group hosted by former Queensryche leader, Geoff Tate and our 5th "appearance" with these rock stars. It was yesterday south of here, and Nigel, Sonora and Little Billie were on their best behaviors, mostly. The leader of the band Disturbed was also in attendance, just heard him on Sirius XM Turbo a minute ago! (My secret old-heavy-metal side.)  Geoff is the greatest and touring now XXOO -"Operation:Mindcrime."

Thursday, June 27, 2024


Our friends the Graham family finally got that tour and visit yesterday, and a nice rainbow showed up as well...That's Sarah's Dad and pal from the Clinton days, George Stitt plus buddy Barb Smith in the center. Young Cormac got a nice bear skull as a prize for being so cool.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Eagle Experience

Yesterday afternoon I went down to the beach with the dogs, the female eagle perched at the top of the nest tree. I settled down to wait for her departure and just after she split, a HUGE splash of whitewash (poop) in the river right in front of me. I looked up and the male had been spying on us the whole time, about 40 minutes! Still there when I left. In April he landed right over our heads. Curious (fearless) bird.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Raptor Ranch

 Nigel and Sonny on the right, house/studio/garage on the left, and Tree Swallow flying by front and center.