I splurged recently with a trip to visit my parents in Florida. My yard was still covered in snow when I left so it was wonderful to see green again.
It’s been sooo cold around here lately that I haven’t been able to get out for some wintery walks in the neighborhood or on the trails. It’s minus 5 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like minus 25!
I have been noticing bright spots out my windows lately.
We received more snow over the past week, and the mornings are quite frosty, creating the most tranquil environment to just sit still and take notice of the quiet.
Every leaf, stem, twig and branch is covered in ice crystals, making everything look like a winter wonderland. If you shook up a snowglobe, this is what it might look like in real life.
Winter in January can be so magical and peaceful!
I went through my photo library from 2020 to find good moments, and there were a lot considering it was a tough year.
I filled up a lot of sketchbooks and made a lot of art. If I had to pick some of my favorite illustrations from this past year, I would choose these top nine:
Looking back through my sketchbook art, I wish I made more art! Ha, I know I’m being hard on myself.
I’m also illustrating a children’s picture book for an author, which would go on my list of favorites but I can’t show any of those yet.
I took a lot of pictures of the birds in my backyard and the squirrel shenanigans. If I had to pick some of my favorite nature photography of backyard critters and birds from this past year (with a couple from my trip to Florida in March), I would choose these top nine:
I am so grateful I got to travel to Naples, Florida before the world shutdown. I also got to spend time at my parents’ lake house on Lake Michigan in Door County, visit my sister in Nashville, and go on a few adventures close to home. If I had to pick some of my favorite adventures from this past year, I would choose these top nine:
The year 2020 was a really tough year so I’m happy to have found so many good moments that made me happy. Cheers to 2021!
I went for a hike on Christmas Eve with my parents. It was wonderful to try out a trail new to me and so close to my parent’s house.
We saw a few tress that the beavers have been working on. I’ve never seen that before so it was a cool sight to see first-hand. Too bad we never saw any beavers though.I spotted this little bit of lichen which looked like foam – a cool find and great inspiration for a future sketchbook illustration.
We got our first big snow storm of the winter season over the weekend, which dumped about 8-10″ of fresh snow.
It was heavy snow since it started out as rain, so I’m grateful for the new ATV with a plow on it.
It was great to be out there exploring without sinking into the snow.
It’s a magical, winter wonderland around here now so I’m excited for winter sports, especially hiking with my snowshoes.
Sundays are proving to be a great day for a hike. No snow on the trails yet, but the blue sky was wonderful.
Hiking has become such a wonderful reprieve lately to clear my head. Sometimes I’m just feeling tired and worn out but I go anyway, and I’m always happy I did. There’s not much wildlife activity these days, just a few crows and juncos here and there. I’ve only seen a handful of people on this trail lately so it’s been very peaceful.
It’s nice to see some wildlife still hanging around as the weather grows colder and colder each day. I’ve been working on setting more habitat features, including nuts, birdseeds, water and nesting houses.
Of course, the squirrels are always around, gorging on everyone else’s food.