Art and Positive Thinking

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

I Positively Love the Surprises Nature Brings

What is that I see lurking beneath my tree?

I am positively a nature freak.  As promised last week, here are some photos of the owlets I have been stalking for many weeks.

After taking about a hundred pictures of the one owlet, I ventured to the other side of the nest and under it to see if I could see the other owlets and perhaps find some feathers or owl pellets to show my students.

There was one!

This little one was sticking its tongue out!

There were two! We see you!

There were three little owlets!

As I bent down to pick up a feather, my eyes caught something very special and surprising.  It was one of those moments in one's life when you get that little quiver inside of you and you think to yourself that life is awesome and you have perfect timing and this once in a lifetime surprise will never ever happen again.  It was truly an "Oh, God" moment and I am so thankful to be alive to witness it.  I tried to convince my son and husband to come see the owlets, and they wouldn't.  Look what they missed out on!

Earlier, I could hear something in the grass at the base of the Cottonwood trees and thought that it was just the catkins falling from above.  Luckily, it wasn't only that, it was a PORCUPINE!  When I first spotted it, I thought it might be dead, but it MOVED!  It was trying to stay still and rest, but the dreaded ants were driving the poor thing crazy and it had to move!  Me, too!

The ants, flies, spiders and mosquitoes are out and they were annoying the owlets too!

Take a look at its teeth.  I told it, "Dude, You need to brush your teeth!"

I never realized that porcupines have such long claws.  They climb trees, so duh.

Woman, what are you doing?  I'm trying to sleep!

This whole week has been a marvelous week for nature for me.  Two Canadian geese visited on the top of my barn roof.

A duck landed in my dugout as I sat there journaling.  A robin built its nest right before my eyes. A meadow lark followed me and sang  boisterously.

Two hawks screeched and dove in front of me.  The owlets played peek a boo and a porcupine entertained me form mere metres away.

It is no wonder why I feel inspired to journal.  Here are two journal entries I did through the daily writing prompts from Sketchbook Skool.  The first word prompt was TOY.

The second and third word prompts were  kiss and favourite.  I combined them together.  On this page were random marks that I made to test out some brush markers, so I had to figure out how to integrate them into the page.  This is how it turned out!

For each prompt, I scoured dictionaries for definitions and then I randomly picked one and went for it. I love how this style of thinking leads to unlimited possibilities in my journal.  My day is so scheduled and time dependent, so my night life is the opposite, which is more more fun for me than planning things through.  Thus, I never know what surprises are positively awaiting me around the corner, under a tree or in my journal!

Remember to live!

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  1. Hello Renee, what an absolute thrill to see those Owlets! Also the Porcupine... great photos too.
    Your journal pages are full of inspiration and alive with many thoughts. That strawberry is definitely asking to be eaten ;D)

  2. Love those photos of the Owlets. A thrill to see such beautiful birds. Your journal pages are super. Bright and vibrant with so many thoughts.

  3. Wonderful photos! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. Omg, sooooo darling those owls 🦉 total blessing to be witnessing them and how they were peeking ag you too! Too cute 😄

    Lovely journal pages! Happy PFF

  5. Your owlet surprises are awesome. Luv the journal pages

    happy PPF

    Much love...

  6. I love all the surprises you showed us this week in your beautiful photography. I don't think I've ever seen a porcupine. Of course, I've seen 100s of pictures of them, though. I enjoyed your journal pages. Very pretty.

  7. What a great post! I love the owlets and porcupine, geese and nature around you. I never realized what kind of teeth porcupines had. Actually I never thought about it until now. Love your journal pages too. Hugz, Rasz

  8. Oh Renee, those owlets are sooo sweet .... Great pictures! I also like what you did with the journal prompts. Did you know that "kussen" means 'to kiss" in Dutch? And it also means "pillow".... ;-)

    1. I didn't know kussen is also kiss in Dutch, and for pillow. I just knew that was the word in German. Thanks for the compliments and for teaching me something new!

  9. Love your nature photos. Yes porcupines are amazing animals. The journal pages are fabulous too.

  10. Oh I loved seeing your owlets! I posted about owls this week. too! Fun to see your journal pages and I love your blog header! Have a good week!


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