And the Winner Is

If you were following our competition, here’s how it turned out.

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Recap: Tim and I each donated an original framed piece of art for the Forestry Education Auction held at the Lumberjack Dinner, 2016 Sierra Cascade Logging Conference.

Going head to head. What married couple doesn't thrive on a little friendly competition? Going head to head. What married couple doesn’t thrive on a little friendly competition?

The auctioneer explained that bidders would bid, not knowing which piece other bidders were bidding on. The winner would have the option of buying both, each at the high bid price. If both weren’t taken, the second place bidder had the option of the “left-over” piece. If not taken then, the “left-over” would go back out on live auction.

The auctioneer brought us both to the front of the audience with our pieces and asked me to say something about my piece, but before I could answer, Tim said his piece was “…for the children.”

How do I top that? “For the children.” Really, Tim?

With that introduction, the…

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Happy Birthday Tasha

Happy Birthday Tasha!

Sneaking Bliss

Today is Tasha’s third birthday. We celebrated with some retrieves and photos in buttercups with her buds.

Happy Birthday Tasha!

In our area, the first showing of wild flowers happens around Tasha's birthday. In our area, the first showing of wildflowers happens around Tasha’s birthday.

Redtail's Hotty Toddy Tasha - turns 3 years old today. Redtail’s Hotty Toddy Tasha – turns three years old today.

Tasha is joined by Sailor and Bliss. Bliss, Sailor, Tasha  Sailor and Bliss join the birthday girl.
Bliss, Sailor, Tasha

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Head to Head Bliss

Great painting Mary! The gauntlet has been thrown down. I better get something ready. I think it’s time to panic now.

Sneaking Bliss

For the past several years, Tim has created a piece of art for the Education Auction at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference Education Lumberjack Dinner.

This year we’re doing something different. We’re both creating art for the auction to go head to head raising funds for forestry education.

Here are a few images of “Food Chain” as a work in progress.

I’ll save the final piece for when it’s framed.

WIP - 1 "Food Chain" WIP – 1
“Food Chain”

Food Chain - WIP Getting some paint on paper. Food Chain – WIP
Getting some paint on paper.

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

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Wild Wednesday … Birds of the Mill Pond

The mill pond, also known as the otter pond, is visited by various birds all year long. This was a snapshot of the visitors one day in November.

March 21–International Day of Forests

Linda Martin Andersen invited me to write a guest blog. Come check it out!

A Writer's Playground

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “March 21–International Day of Forests” with guest blogger, Tim Livingston.

I can’t think of anyone I’d rather hear discuss International Day of Forests than Tim Livingston.  He’s the forester artist who blogs here:

Here’s Tim with lots to share…

International Day of Forests


International Day of Forests is a day designated by the United Nations to promote the importance of trees and forests in our lives.  A worthy cause in my book for sure.  In the United State we’re fortunate to have a mature forestry profession.  I feel blessed to be a part of it.


In contemplating what this day means to me, I reflect back on experiences that I’ve had. I have only practiced forestry in the United State, but I’ve had opportunities to interact with forestry professionals from other countries a few times during my career.


Once, we were visited by a group of forestry professionals…

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