Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Friday, March 31, 2017

A New Visitor

Last month, this big pigeon landed out by the garage.  He was absolutely HUGE - well, at least I thought he was.  I don't think I've ever seen a pigeon in Florida and certainly not close up.  

Anyway, I didn't notice until I looked at the photos today, that he had a leg band.  The first three letters are FMI, so I looked it up and apparently he belongs to a member of the American Racing Pigeon Union, Fort Myers chapter.  Huh?  People still race pigeons?  I mean, there's just a club for everything - ha!  

He appeared to be in good health.  He was back the next day and then I didn't see him again.  I looked in the woods to see if maybe he was wandering around and couldn't fly, but luckily, he had left. He really did have pretty slate blue colors.

When I was out in the woods, I came to this clearing.  I haven't seen this before, but it certainly looks deliberate.

Ooooh - a circle!  I'm imagining a bonfire, dancers swaying around, magic in the air!  Yup, my mind starts running away, haha.  But, it was a curious find.  It doesn't look like it's been disturbed for quite awhile.  And, I do love a mystery!

This is such a BAD photo, but as I was standing there this eagle very silently flew out of the woods.  I hadn't seen him there and I always try to move quietly so not to alarm any wildlife.  I must have disturbed him.  I was pleasantly surprised to see this guy take off.  Unfortunately, I didn't get very good pics.

Here's an older photo of an eagle I took, just because I'm so embarrassed of the previous shot.  They truly are magnificent birds!

Our entire neighborhood has been permeated with the intoxicating fragrance of orange blossoms for the last couple of months.  It comes on in the evening and it's especially glorious if it's a little humid.

My peace lily had become infested and I wasn't sure if she was going to come around, but hurray - she did!  She now has three blooms and I put her in a new location out front where I think she has better conditions.  

So, I've been away from blogging for awhile.  Have I been to the Funny Farm, you ask?  Well, if my art studio is the F. F., then, yes - that's where I've been.  I've been making some little 6 x 6 canvases with garden themes.  (Which is the only reason I'm bringing it up here on this garden blog - just this one time - probably)  Anyway, they're going up in my rather neglected Etsy shop BackyardJungleArt to give it a little spark of life.  (The copyright is only on the photos, not on the paintings.)  The gallery edges are painted, so they're ready to hang right out of the box.  

I have a grey-haired gardener series going, some with an earthy vibe which I kind of belong to.

And some with a more traditional, English style garden look.

And then there's some that aren't grey-haired, like this young chicky-boom in the greenhouse.  Can you tell I'm feeling my 50 years!  :)

And then there's some that you just can't tell how old they are...wow, I'm really not that obsessed with age.  I guess I'm just saying that there's different age gardeners in all of my gardening series.  

So, I'll be returning to regular gardening blog topics next time.  I have an art blog where I update current projects at Backyard Jungle Art

I hope you're all out there doing something that you love to do!

Peace All


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a handsome eagle! I think you got a pretty good shot considering you were under the trees. The earlier shot is really nice too.

The pigeon has some lovely colors.

I can just imagine the orange blossom scent filling the air. Aaaahhhh!

Your garden series paintings are quite colorful and whimsical. My favorite was the first one. :-) May they all sell in your Etsy shop.

It was good to see a post from you again.

Love & hugs & happy spring ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

So happy to see a post from you! And I love the "gray-haired gardener series" - especially the herb one. I think that one might be calling my name!

Your wooded area looks very inviting - Wica circle and all. LOL

Hope you are having a great weekend!


Susan said...

Your artwork is so cool. I like the gray haired series. Appropriate for me! That pigeon was a neat find. Hope he made it back home. That Circle was interesting too. Do upyou ever hear anybody back in the woods? Let us know if you ever find out how it was made. Great to see a new post from you.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Thanks so much Rainey and eli! It feels good to be back and I'm happy to see you two are still blogging as well! :) Happy April!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Susan!
We don't have many neighbors, so it's usually quiet out in the woods. I haven't heard anything or seen any lights, so I don't think it's being used anymore. But, we haven't been here very long - maybe it's an annual thing - who knows! But I'm keeping my eye on it, Ha! Thank you for your nice compliment on my garden art! :)