Category Archives: Desktop Nature Calendar

June Nature Desktop Calendar: Dusk After the Storm

June is the month when Chartiers Creek is still running high enough for a good canoe trip. It’s also a month for storms as summer heat moves in. A storm overtook us as we paddled canoes and kayaks down Chartiers Creek one evening. We took out and watched it from among trees on the bank […]

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May Nature Desktop Calendar: Strawberry Time

I can’t wait to get the first fresh produce from my garden, and since I’m planting late that’s probably going to be wild strawberries which start to produce mid-May. I let many things grow in my garden along with my chosen plants, and wild strawberries are one plant that grows all over, wherever it pleases. […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: April Cloud Study

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different. This […]

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March Nature Desktop Calendar: Sing Your Song

I have been trying to get this photo for years, the wren standing up with her head thrown back and her beak open in song, especially in the morning light. They flit around so fast and I’m often photographing through my window so I can’t follow their flight. But I heard a sudden burst of […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Jammin’ Jay Blues

When a bunch of blue jays get together, you know it. This one particular section of the mulberry tree in my backyard is a favorite place for jam sessions. I saw this group in the bare branches, noising it out like a random atonal brass quintet, and went to get my pastels and paper to […]

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January Nature Featured Image and Free Print

Possibly just as much a question of my activities as my aesthetic intentions with my photographs of this one lone tree, at the top of a path at the top of a hill, clouds scudding across the sky on a dark winter afternoon, dark enough to dim the colors in the winter field. Something we […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: What is the Goal?

Possibly just as much a question of my activities as my aesthetic intentions with my photographs of this one lone tree, at the top of a path at the top of a hill, clouds scudding across the sky on a dark winter afternoon, dark enough to dim the colors in the winter field. Something we […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Solstice

Narrowing down which painting I wanted to feature for this holiday season was the difficult task here. I had wanted to feature one of my newer ones, like “Snowfall“—I have no shortage of winter paintings—but remembering painting the snow into these evergreens on this Winter Solstice Day in 2003 convinced me this was the painting […]

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November Nature Desktop Calendar: The Light in the Darkness

There is always something new to learn about the things we think we know well. Never forget that when the light seems dim there is much to be seen with the heart, and when adversity has taken away the quick and obvious beauty, the strongest parts remain, dignified in their naked and twisted strength. This […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: Deserted Cottages

I painted this 20 years ago, and still, each time I look at it, I see something new. And I can see the leaves flutter, watch the shadows trace over the cottages, hear the grass whisper in the breeze and the waves break on the beach. It’s on the short list of favorites of my […]

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