The American Goldfinch

Birds, Nature, Photography

Yellow is an impulse color or as it was told to me when I worked in broadcasting. We would ‘push’ the yellows above the chroma/brightness level to just stay legal on the scope when putting fonts on the screen. When it aired, while watching your television the yellow would create a ‘buzz’ in the signal causing the viewer to pay attention…wondering what is that buzz? Buzz. Buzz.

The goldfinch has that buzz about them so that every time I see one I stop in my tracks and pay attention. So beautiful.

Male American Goldfinch


The Downy Woodpecker

Birds, Nature, Photography

These little downy woodpeckers are constantly at the feeder. We watched one just sit there on the suet and not move for the longest time. Perhaps she was food drunk and was just steadying herself. That was the story we told ourselves with grins on our faces. All this bird feeding…does it do the birds a disservice? Shouldn’t they be gathering their own food? I do know it brings nature a bit closer and the birds give interesting lessons about living.

Male Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker
Such a beautiful back.
Who is feeding whom?
Male downy woodpecker

The brown-headed cowbird

Birds, Nature, Photography

This couple of brown-headed cowbirds were such a treat. So much personality. Pretty coloring. I haven’t seen them since this picture was taken. I guess they were stopping by for the day.

Male and female brown-headed cowbird
Male and female brown-headed cowbird

Immature Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Birds, Nature, Photography

Watching this baby red-bellied woodpecker was fascinating. His head hasn’t gotten red yet like his parents. AND, I did not know that woodpeckers had tongues! It makes sense. Pecking into the wood probably doesn’t accomplish getting at all the bugs they find. Makes me think of them as “flying ant eaters.” Ha!

Immature red-bellied woodpecker
Immature red-bellied woodpecker
Immature red-bellied woodpecker

Pileated Woodpeckers

Birds, Nature, Photography

There is something primal and prehistoric about the pileated woodpecker. In watching them, they cock their heads to tune their ears into the minute critters living inside of wood…especially the porch. Ha! Seeing this bird seems like a rarity and it gives me the good feeling that I am going to have a great day. We live in their territory which bodes well in my heart. The male has the most intense yellow eyes; his pupils always dilated. Unfortunately, none of the photos I took were focused enough to show the details. The female however has dark eyes with no pupil that I can see. She’s as big as he is. Both so beautiful.

Female Pileated Woodpecker ©LaBrue Creative
Male Pileated Woodpecker ©LaBrue Creative

The Eastern Bluebird Family

Birds, Photography

Eastern bluebirds are stunning to see. The male bluebird is around the feeder a lot but the female must be busy somewhere else, because we rarely see her. I keep my camera on the kitchen table. These are taken without a tripod and I haven’t enhanced the color. Just lucky shots and a great camera. Canon EOS Rebel 18mg.

Male Eastern Bluebird ©LaBrue Creative
Female Eastern Bluebird ©LaBrue Creative
Male Eastern Bluebird ©LaBrue Creative
Female Eastern Bluebird ©LaBrue Creative
Male Eastern Bluebird ©LaBrue Creative

It seems the male bluebird is left to give lessons to these youngsters. They beg to be taken care of and fed. The male ignores them and then will give them a tidbit every now and then. If he gave them food all the time, how would they fend for themselves? They now get their own food from the feeders. There is a lesson here for us humans in raising our young.

Momma Bluebird with one of the five babies
Poppa Bluebird with three of the five babies

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Photography, Birds
Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker ©LaBrue Creative
Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker ©LaBrue Creative

The birds that have been coming to our feeder are so beautiful and fun to watch. The female red-bellied came by this afternoon. The male was soaked from all the rain we’ve been having. Shot this with a Canon Rebel through the kitchen window.

Creative things I learned today

Art, Encaustic Wax, Photography

Encaustic medium allows me to create interesting work with texture and layers that I love. I want to keep my creative habit going. I haven’t worked with encaustic in six months. I see it waiting for me everyday. Today is the day.

This is a small experiment with a photo in black and white, printed on my laser printer. I rubbed the photo onto the wax, wet it and pulled the paper off. This is a hot mess (encaustic joke).

  • I learned that you have to rub very hard for the image to transfer.
  • When printing, you have to flip the image.
  • High contrast is best.
  • It doesn’t matter what you put under the image in terms of color.
  • When you put wax over the top, you have to use a BIG brush or you will get globs.
  • You will need several transparent layers of wax or in reheating the newly applied wax, the printed transfer will FLOAT! Argh.

#doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines #encausticwax #imagetransfer


Mushroom Party continued – 2018

Mushrooms, Nature, Photography

These are the rest of the mushrooms we saw on our hike at New London Tech Trails in Bedford County. I can’t wait until we go back again to see what we can see.

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The tiniest mushrooms we saw.

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Some were growing on trees.

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I love that mushrooms push their way through whatever.

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So earthy.


Never eat anything bigger than your head mushroom

Mushrooms, Nature, Photography


This mushroom was at least 16″ tall. See how the shadow of the leaves fits on the cap? I wish we would’ve thought to put a human next to it when taking its picture. This was on the hiking trail at New London Tech Trails.

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I like the way the shadows of the leaves hit the top. It should give you an idea of how tall this was.


This mushroom was at least 16″ tall. What a treat to see.