Friday, May 11, 2012

Back to my roots

I was raised at the beach and around boats my entire life.  This reminds me of my childhood.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I bought this Amaryllis last fall after it had already bloomed.  I had no idea what color the bloom would be, nor the size.  I think it's beautiful!

Ringed Kingfisher

Similar to Belted Kingfisher but larger, and with more chestnut on belly. Bushy crest and large, dagger-shaped bill. Blue-gray above, chestnut below with white collar. Female similar, but has gray band across upper breast.

Painted Bunting

With bright blue, green, and red plumage, the breeding male Painted Bunting is one of the continent's most gaudily colorful birds. The species breeds in two different populations, one in the south-central United States, and one along the seaboard of the southeastern states.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Scarlet Tanager

A striking black-winged red bird, the Scarlet Tanager is a common species of the eastern forest interior. Despite its brilliant coloring it is often overlooked because of its rather secretive behavior and its preference for the forest canopy.

Monday, May 7, 2012


I have no idea the name of this bird.  I found the original picture in a bird magazine.  I took a picture with my cell phone to remind me what it looked like because I knew that I had to paint it in watercolor.  I think it turned out great!  I'll keep looking and see if I can identify it. 

I finally identified this bird.  It is a Russett-crowned Motmot.  They live in Guatemala and Mexico. Coffee, grown in the traditional way and in the shade of native canopy trees, provides good habitat.