Windy Day on the Prairie

On a windy day this past summer at Illinois Beach State Park, I saw these showy goldenrods and blazing stars dancing a duet in the wind, and the Monarchs passing through had to hang on tightly to avoid being swept out into the Lake. This is a lovely little patch of prairie on the olderContinue reading “Windy Day on the Prairie”

A Relationship With Nature

A meander through Grant Woods   I came across a story yesterday about one of my favorite botanists/authors. Dr. Robin Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass”, asks her students to raise their hands if they love nature. A room full of young environmentalists, of course they all raise their hands. Then she asks them to keepContinue reading “A Relationship With Nature”

The Butterfly Monitors

The Butterfly Monitors My grand opening was this past Saturday. It was attended by my family and a few close friends~what a special day and thank you to all of you who came! When the dust was settled we looked at each other with wild eyes:”Did YOU take pictures???” Nope. None of us did. Ah,Continue reading “The Butterfly Monitors”

Dickcissel?

melissabluefineart.com Once in awhile I’m able to capture more than a blur of feathers when I’m out in the field. My policy is to click first and ask questions later, so here is my little bird. Can anyone tell me what she is? I think she is a Dickcissel. The habitat is restored open tall-grassContinue reading “Dickcissel?”

Gone Fishing

http://www.melissabluefineart.com I hesitate to mention where this painting takes its inspiration for a couple of reasons. Technically speaking, the boys should maybe not be there fishing. When I saw them there, however, I decided I’d much rather paint them than scold them. If we do not allow young people to interact with the natural world,Continue reading “Gone Fishing”

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