crazy like a fox

crazy like a fox

Oh, it’s the other progress chart!
Took a little “vacation” from working on the calendar this week to focus on a different project.

I have 14 weeks to finish 8 illustrations. It is what it is. And now it’s color coded for ease of counting… I probably really don’t look forward to seventies pumpkin orange weeks turning into eighties muted coral.

Oh, it’s the other progress chart!
Took a little “vacation” from working on the calendar this week to focus on a different project.

I have 14 weeks to finish 8 illustrations. It is what it is. And now it’s color coded for ease of counting… I probably really don’t look forward to seventies pumpkin orange weeks turning into eighties muted coral.

Betsy the Hummingbird outtakes.

Betsy the hummingbird in random poses.

Betsy the hummingbird having some tense, pensive moments.

Betsy the hummingbird looking demure.

Betsy the hummingbird looking to the right.

The only hummingbirds we have in the area are Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. We have 2 hummingbird feeders in the yard. We use sugar water. You boil 1/2 cup of water and dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar in it. Cool to room temperature, then put it in a feeder and hang it somewhere safe outside.

So, our summers are filled with the sounds of ruby throated hummingbirds fighting over the ample amount of food in the feeder. They’re territorial.

Anyway, summer - er hummingbird season - is winding down. So, there is presently 1 female hummingbird staking out her territory by our feeders. She sits on the stems of leaves of our poplar tree and guards the feeders… from any other hummingbirds.

She’s somewhat elusive. That’s fancy talk for saying that it’s hard to photograph her through windows with screens in low light, and she moves fast. In other words: not the greatest pictures. Also, she knows there are people in the house, so she will fly up to the windows and peer inside. She’s watching.

I have named her Betsy.

Scene from my desk: my other desk, and more specifically things sitting on top of the scanner. Bird drawings are the project of the moment. Because who doesn’t drop everything to sketch birds?

Scene from my desk: my other desk, and more specifically things sitting on top of the scanner. Bird drawings are the project of the moment. Because who doesn’t drop everything to sketch birds?

Random selection of recently played from itunes. Basically, more classic rock on top of classic rock because I like classic rock.

Random selection of recently played from itunes. Basically, more classic rock on top of classic rock because I like classic rock.