Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Best of Costa Rica Giveaway

The beautiful Orosi Valley

Vivid berry blooms

Dogs go together with Dominical beach like dogs and bacon

Tranquil Baru beach.  You'll have it all to yourself.

The road to Poas Volcano. 

An exotic moth butterfly

A friendly parrot.

Sunset in Playa Hermosa

The best of Costa Rica.  It was a no brainer to pick this category for my giveaway to promote My 3rd Eye  And my new etsy shop. This is my favorite new category.  And it just so happens to be my favorite place.  I hope the photo selections tell the story of just why I love it so much.  From the beautiful vistas, volcanoes, beaches and birds....It is paradise.

The gift includes 8 glossy images on 5 x 6.5 card stock with envelops.   Signed by me of course!  There's also a surprise inside.  9 interchangeable greeting stickers.  For birthdays, thanks, well wishes and more. It would make a great gift.  So keep my shops in mind for Christmas.  But for now all you need to do is follow me in my side bar if you haven't already and then leave a comment that you'd like to be included in the giveaway.  I'll draw a winning name next week.  Then someone will have one less gift to buy for Christmas!

P.S.  For local Minnesota shoppers you'll find my colorful photo prints, glossy cards and gift box sets at Finch's Holiday Boutique this year.  Click the link for details on how to shop small for your Christmas shopping list.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Life in the Slow Lane

Honey Do List

Have you seen my new banner over at Sharon's Studio? Well, put it on your honey do list.  And if you find that you are having a problem getting things done around the house (or forest) then you aren't the only one.

Slow is the theme of the week over at 
This piece was inspired by the Florida hammock bear that was all over the media awhile back.  Do you remember him?  He decided to sit in someone's hammock and the footage went viral. But this bear is all Minnesotan.  We're smarter in our neck of the woods.  We know when to lie down!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


I wasn't sure what we would see after all the leaves had fallen on this hike.  But look at the splendid contrast.  I think most of it was due to dreaded buck thorn growth.  Do you see the hawk in this photo?

Now you can see him.  I love the layers of fall color.

The sun sparkles.

Meanwhile the hawk hunts...

He thought maybe the view would be better from here before he finally flew off into the forest.

A splendid stem.

A fuzzy fall flower.

A splendid Fall day at Richardson Nature Center. Priceless.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fall Beauty


Moonshine.  From The Moon of my Life and My Sun and Stars category over at My 3rd Eye  If you haven't heard of those quotes then you don't watch Game of Thrones!

Stunning Yellow

I didn't always have my camera on most of my walks this fall.  You start to leave it behind and it becomes a pattern. I missed the most glorious and spectacular sunset two weeks ago at Lake of the Isles.  Heartbreaking! But I brought it on this neighbor hood stroll during peak season.  All I know is that fall colors seem to get prettier every year.  But I think it is just because I'm old enough to appreciate nature's beauty.  

Glorious Red

Red vines.  And not the licorice kind.

The last digit is an odd number. Literally!  Or that wood pecker is doing a number on that garage.  Hee, hee.  I can't believe his head is in focus when he was hammering at a 100 beats a second.  Or something like that.

Glossy, stunning, red

The burning bush.

Now most of the leaves are on the ground, composting and turning to brown.  As with all beauty in life it is fleeting.   Enjoy it while you can.

Friday, November 7, 2014

It looks good on paper...

Paper.  This theme could fit every illustration I've ever done.  Because I paint everything on paper.  But this early piece is different because I used to paint on textured and handmade papers.  They were filled with gold foil, flowers, herbs....lemons.   Hmmm.  It almost sounds like a good recipe for fish!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dangerous Dusk

A stroll at dusk revealed a glowing skyline.

And some geese gliding by.  Unaware of any danger that might be lurking in the twilight.

Blood red vines hung like entrails along the real trail.

Things started to look spooky.

The pompous grass reached up to the heavens like the hands of a skeleton reaching up from the grave.

We felt like we were being watched.  You know the feeling...

Prickles started creeping up along our spines...

Zombies?  We were terrified!  We picked up the pace.  (But mostly because we were getting cold and tired)

 I hope they can't get out...

You never know what will happen after dark.  Did we make it back alive?  Well, I'm writing this post. So it looks that way. 

 But then again...
 Maybe zombies can still read and write.

Happy Haunted Halloween from the Minneapple!

Yes, some people actually call it that!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sock Kitten Cam Part Two

I figured this was a good post to follow yesterday's Kitty Mug Shot illustration!

Hopefully viewing another sock kitten post won't leave you catatonic.  I figured that some of you might have missed my last post.  And we had extra footage.  So here goes.  

What are sock kittens you ask?  They are the gifts that my cat Hana leaves for us when we leave the house. If one of us is still present then no socks.  But she will cry pitifully for the departed loved one.

  We set up a cat cam and captured the whole process on film.  Those familiar legs above are us leaving the house at exactly 7:11 pm...

And at exactly 7:12 pm Hana is already leaving us a sock!  She doesn't waste any time.  This is so cute.


Something is apparently off.  It needs adjusting.

It might be O.K. now.

Maybe just a little more fluffing.

Deep thoughts...

Hana is thinking, "Stay there sock.  Don't move"

Surprise!  You're on Candid Camera.

At 7:46 it is still there.  But where is Mom and Dad?

We always know she misses us when we find the sock kitten by the front door.  Priceless.