Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mr.Toad lives under our porch

An American toad has taken up residence under our back door. He's a hardy guy, and hangs out under the Heuchera leaves. I have a cheesy ceramic decorative toad house in the same garden bed which Toad actually uses sometimes! I looked up his diet- worms mostly. So last night Lucy found a juicy earthworm and we located Toad and put the worm close to him. In no more than 5 seconds, he had oriented his body to the worm, gave it the "stink eye" and gobbled it up. The end of the worm- still sqirmming- dangled out of his mouth for a bit, thrilling Lucy! After singing "American Toad" to him a couple times (sung to the melody of "American Woman") we let him be. Nature at its finest. Right outside the back door.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pelicans in trouble again

My heart is sinking with the news of the oil-covered brown pelicans, residents of the Gulf barrier islands. It just keeps getting worse.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

An illustrator's Images of York

Spent a few days in York, England recently. So much history to draw on! Not to mention cream teas...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Prairie blooms

Working on a story I've been growing for some time. I always come back to the prairie.

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