Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Simple Watercolor Sketch - Stubborn Leaves

Today we have Spring like weather that for me helps brighten and warm the soul.  Our weather has been like a roller coaster ride with cold and rainy one day, snow the next, followed by sunshine and warmer temperatures.  Projected forecast gives hope for mild weather to continue over the next 10 days.

The best part of today is sitting outside in the sunlight watching and listening to all the birds and watching the squirrels jump amongst the trees and play on the ground.  We have two type of squirrel I've seen - the gray squirrel and the fox squirrel.  Normal visiting birds are nuthatches, chickadees, juncos, tufted titmouse, cardinals, blue jays, crows (of course), downy woodpeckers, yellow finches, red-belly woodpeckers, and a real treat - the pileated woodpecker.  We have also been watching a pair of blue birds check out a bird house that sits in the back yard placed by previous owners to the house we recently purchased.

A few days ago we heard a lonely Robin and saw him bouncing around the ground.  He would call out but no response.  Each day I looked forward to seeing him forage the ground for worms.  This morning there were several Robins and their sight and song were extremely welcoming.  A true sign that Spring is here or right around the corner.

With these things helping to lift the spirits, I managed to do this very simple watercolor sketch.  All around are bare trees just waiting to spring to life.  Some have brown leaves still attached that never dropped to the ground.  I have no idea what type of trees these are or why they don't drop their leaves.  Living in the woods is a new experience that really makes me smile inside :-)

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