Friday, March 29, 2013


Barb, over at Harmony Fine Arts at Home posted a project they did on surrealism.  We just had to try some for ourselves.  We had a lot of fun looking through old magazine for just the right pictures.  And posing for the camera to get the effect we were looking for.  Here are the pictures we did.

Thanks, Barb, for the fun idea!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mushrooms, Lichen and Moss

Since THIS is what our yard looks like right now, we had to do some improvising in order to do our Outdoor Hour Challenge this month.  We are studying mushrooms, lichen and moss.  So...
 We bought some portabellas at the grocery store so we could study the parts.

 And they had the added benefit of being able to EAT them when we were done! :D

We also looked up some pictures that we had taken on previous occasions and looked at those.  Here are a few...

 We even have a picture of a fairy ring we found in our front yard once.  It wasn't the most perfect ring, but it has a fairy!
And today we went outside to look at the lichen on the trees, and found we have moss, too!
We found this little piece of lichen in a hole in the snow.


Tabbi also worked on this workbook from the American Mushroom Institute.  She really enjoyed the study, especially because mushrooms are one of her favorite foods!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Common Redpoll

Saturday morning Tabbi spotted this bird under the feeder.  At first we thought it was a sparrow, but it was acting rather oddly.  It just sat there with it's head turned back and tucked into it's feathers.  I was afraid the cat or dog would get it, so I went out to check on it.  It jumped up on the feeder and I was able to get a really nice close up photo of it.  We found out that it is a female Common Redpoll.  It's the first time we have ever seen one!  And she was very friendly! She hung around at the feeder all day.  Sunday morning we looked out the window to check on her and see if she was still around.  She was... and she brought her mate!  So we got to see a male, too!  So awesome!