Sunday, 12 January 2020

It was a stormy overcast day which is a bonus for backyard bird watching. The golden finch arrived in droves. I counted about 30 at one point! I felt bad for the turkeys though as their feathers were ice crusted.

© WQuinn 2020
12/366 Photo of the day, 12 Jan 2020 © WQuinn

The sun came out in the late afternoon, lifting our spirits.

This woodpecker inspired my painting of the day:

Downy woodpecker © WQuinn 2020
12/366 Painting of the day, 12 Jan 2020 © WQuinn


Saturday, 11 January 2020

A rainy, foggy day today. Great creative inspiration.

Rain jacket on, I headed into the rainy morning to fill up the bird feeders and snap some photos of the fog in the field across from the house, which inspired today’s painting.

Watercolour painting foggy bush at edge of snow covered field
11/366 Painting of the day, 11 Jan 2020 © WQuinn
Mysterious dark foggy field and trees
Foggy rainy morning, 11 Jan 2020 © WQuinn
Hydro post distorted in reflection of wet pavement
11/366 Photo of the day, 11 Jan 2020 © WQuinn


Monday, 2 December 2019

What a beautiful day. I saw the sunrise and the sunset. One of the things I like about this time of year. And the shortest day is right round the corner!

I tried a new restaurant/bistro today, Olivia’s, on Eddy st in Hull. What a great spot and their salad was delicious. I’ll be stopping by there again and again!

Today’s painting:

Watercolour painting landscape mountains water and sailboat
336/365 Painting of the day, 2 December 2019 © WQuinn
Orange sunset at Horizon with trees, houses and road in silhouette
336/365 Tonight’s sunset, 2 December 2019 © WQuinn


Saturday, 3 August 2019

Another beautiful sunny hot day!

I’m going to skip right to the end of my day and tell you about my walk around the yard this evening… especially the butterfly garden.

Every day, several times throughout the day actually, I find myself looking in the garden for movement…could be butterflies, bees, dragon flies…sometimes other insects. Lately, there’s been dragon flies, tiny butterflies and a monarch here and there.

Today…well now, there was lots of activity! First off was a hummingbird moth! If you haven’t seen one of these moths before, well they’re just so neat!

Hummingbird moth
Hummingbird moth, butterfly garden, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

Then there was the bee getting very intimate with the milkweed

Bee on milkweed
I feel the same way about chocolate! © WQuinn 2019

If it wasn’t for the bee, I would have missed this

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
215/365 Monarch caterpillar, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

This is the first time I have seen a monarch butterfly on the milkweed.

A bit of backstory: a few years before my dad passed away, he read about the monarch butterfly population declining and decided to do something about it. He started a milkweed garden. Years later, I moved in with Mom and also became passionate about helping the monarchs. Over the years I have added flowers and herbs, native to the area, that are butterfly and bee friendly. The garden has expanded and become an oasis, not just for butterflies and insects but birds too.

So to see a monarch caterpillar in the garden, on the milkweed, and to know that the garden is doing what it’s meant to be doing is such a joy!

On another note, I framed some of my paintings and hung them up:

Watercolour painting landscape
215/365 Painting of the day, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

Have a good night and thanks for reading.