One thing I have struggled with consistently since I began blogging four years ago is, well, consistency. Creative blocks and time issues - mostly time issues - seem to get in the way of my desire to be consistent in posting on my blog 2-3 times per week. So I'm going to dive in and try a blogging challenge to post on my blog everyday for the 30 days of November. And I am sharing it with all of you because that will make me accountable. Thank you to my friend Bernice who introduced me to the challenge. You can find Bernice at her blog Newly Creative.
I am spending the weekend at Bliss Cottage with my sister. To get to her house on the lake it is a 2 hour and 45 minute drive for me. The last 45 minutes are on two lane roads in the country that wind around the many lakes in the area. The area my sister lives in is one of the few areas in the Midwest where you can find Sandhill Cranes. As I was driving I was curious if these cranes had already migrated out of the area. As I journeyed on one of the back roads I heard their trumpeting call and saw some flying in my direction from the right side of the car. To my left was a large flock of Sandhill cranes in the yard and surrounding field of a house. So I pulled over to take some pictures. I just love these tall birds with their pop of red on their foreheads!
At the lake there are a pair of Loons in residence. I refer to them as the elusive Loons because every time we spot them within camera range, and I grab my camera, they seem to know that I want a picture and they disappear. Loons can stay under water for 9 minutes so there is no telling where they will appear when they come up for air. I'm not kidding, EVERY time. It's as if they are playing a game with me or trying to avoid the birding paparazzi! Yesterday's shot was the closest I've come with my zoom lens and it's still not very close.
It was an overcast, rainy weekend, although today the sun is shining. We went to the little town of Hastings, MI on Friday afternoon and found a wonderful selection of boutiques and gift shops. On Saturday we stayed inside and played with art all day. We dreamed up ways we can use our obsession for office products and supplies in our art... more to come about that in the future. A sneak peek at some art:
There we go, 30 day blogging challenge, day 1. One thing I am thinking of doing in some future blog posts is answering some of the questions I have received from some of you about Bible study and art journaling techniques. So if you have any questions for me, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or email them to me.