Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Spring blooms already

It has been very mild here recently and spring blooms are appearing earlier than usual.

We set a record of sorts on the weekend when we cut our lawn for the first time (February!) this year; that seems to be about a month early.

Feast your eyes of these early cherry blossoms:

 

 
 
Not just a blossom here and there, but entire trees and rows of trees. 
 

 



 


 
Crocuses and Snow Drops are also blooming in abundance:



 
 
 
Forsythia is welcome for it's colour and fragrance.
 
 

 
 Hellebores in many colours: 
 



 
A few daffodils are blooming and still more are ready to burst into flower.
 
 
 
I love the "furry" buds of the magnolia:

 


 
One of my Camellia bushes is in bloom too.
 
 
 
Oregon Grape bushes are ready to bloom:

 
I can't remember what this one is called:
 
 
A robin taking advantage of early mild weather:
 


 
 Of course the weeds are growing well too!  There is a bee in the bottom left of the first picture.
 
 
 
I don't know the name of the plant above, I like it, but it is a pest when it gets in a lawn.
Below, well you know.
 
 
 
I hope Spring is here, can all these plants and the birds and bees be wrong?
I hope not, but I am not holding my breath.
 
The squirrel below had found a treat and settled safely behind some branches, not sure he realized I could see him quite well still.
 
This one was in the park; we are not happy with squirrels at our house since one or two of them chewed the lights off several strings of our Christmas lights! Seriously.
 
  
 
I have a couple of new paintings for you too.
I have been trying something new, painting watercolour on stretched paper and then varnishing it so that it does not need to be placed under glass.
 
The first is "White Hellebore":
 
 
 
The second "Early Clematis", below, is already in a frame:
 
 

 
Both paintings are watercolours, what do you think?
 
I also finished a painting of Gastown for the Vancouver section of my PS Whimsy website. It is ink and watercolour:
  

 
 Thanks for stopping by,
 
happy Whimsy Wednesday,
 
Until next week,
 
Gillian.
 

 
 
 
 


 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Remembering and more birds


I dedicate this post to Michael whose sudden passing has shocked and saddened us. Michael was a great lover of life, a friend, a gifted raconteur and musician and so much more. I shared a love of photography and Nikon equipment with Michael. So I share these pictures with you in his memory.

Here are some more birds from my visit to the Bloedel Conservatory, larger birds this time.

 
 
An African Superb Starling that escaped from my last post and was flying around my desktop.

 
Meet Art, a blue and gold Macaw,
 feeling rather chilly he was never very far from the red heat lamps,
which explains the red glow in some of the pictures.



 
Here is Carmen in the middle of a bit of preening.

 
Casey the yellow-headed amazon parrot was a real performer. When one
of his "friends" came to feed him we learned that he loved music, especially singing.
There was a small group of children watching. We all sang "you are my sunshine"
and as Casey bobbed up and down and fanned his tail it was obvious he approved.
 





 
Gidget is a citron crested cockatoo.



 
Kiwi is a Eclectus Parrot.



 
Kramer, a Moluccan Cockatoo was a show-off and an exceptional whistler.



Interesting toes!


 
Lady Amherst Pheasant below was elusive but I managed these two pictures.


 
Malibu, a sulphur crested cockatoo.

 
Monty, a princess parrot.

 
A Roul Roul Partridge.

 


 
Ruby a Eclectus Parrot.


 
Rudy, a Congo African grey parrot, first showing off his red tail feathers, then his winning smile!


 
I think the birds have had enough, yawning below, it is time for a rest.
 



I have been doing some painting, I am still in the Carnival Mask theme, here is Carnival 5, a combination of a music themed mask and a violin:

Carnival 5
It is of course a watercolour.


My latest DYI project has been rebuilding my PS Whimsy Card and Print website.
New look, new prices, please have a look:

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Thanks for stopping by,
 
happy Whimsy Wednesday,
 
Until next week,
 
Gillian.