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  • Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint,
    and the soil and sky as canvas.
  • Appreciation


    tiny swirled paper people photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    My daughter had a friend over, and she brought a small container full of these tiny little swirled paper people. They’re not more than 1-1/2″ tall, and don’t even fit onto my pinki finger. I looked at each one in amazement – little tiny details on so many – a hundred maybe? Some dressed as clowns, some with curly hair (tiny paper, curled and glued) – I don’t know who made them, but I just adore them!

    orange house finch photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    Orange house finches are an oddity around here, I see maybe one a year. According to Cornell, the color variation is due to diet – so he must be eating more beta-carotine. I promised Taba a pic, so here it is!

    killdeer bird photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    The elusive Killdeer – they are everywhere, but I can’t manage to get a nice, crisp closeup shot of him! They are so fast.

    canadian geese clan photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    Surely, you know better than to try passing them on the left.
    gosling photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    A well protected gosling.

    goslings photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    Gosling siblings.

    red winged blackbird bird photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    Male Red Winged Blackbird, on top of a sign located next to the river. How, pray tell, do you park in the rear on a river?

    red winged blackbird bird photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    My ideal Red Winged Blackbird shot.
    mallard ducklings photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    Mama mallard and her babies. Awww.

    mallard ducklings photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    Another mama and her babies.

    I hope you, too, stop to look around. There’s so much to appreciate and enjoy all around us! Yesterday afternoon, I watched a hummingbird flit around my delphinium, saw a shrew hustle into his little hole alongside my garage, and watched a young bunny sit underneath my bird feeders and munch on dinner. A storm blew in and the fresh, clean air swept across my face as a few light raindrops trickled down from the sky. I trimmed my roses while warm rain fell on my back.

    If you stop to appreciate these things, you’ll find all of your worries just slip from your mind. It’s hard to be troubled when you’re taking in all that is good around you.

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    taba said,

    why did she have all the people? and WHERE did she get them?
    awesome pics! :clapping:

    6.26.2009 @ 10:31 am
    Renee said,

    my dd’s friend has a paper spinner tool. I’m going to show dd that shot…she’ll be wanting the tool and making all sorts of people then. lol

    your wild birdies are so cool. We have those finches here too…ours are mostly red. and they love the top part of my tree that I’m trying to cut down…it’s dead. this weird tree keeps dying in sections. :p

    6.26.2009 @ 11:07 am
    Renee said,

    I found the kit. you can get just the tool too

    or you could just spin the paper with a skewer.

    6.26.2009 @ 11:13 am
    Pam said,

    Love the paper people and the finch… and the goslings…! Well, you get the idea.

    6.26.2009 @ 6:51 pm
    Sarcasmom said,

    Those dolls are lovely. I can just imagine little girls playing with them. What fun.

    6.26.2009 @ 7:19 pm
    Geekwif said,

    Great photos. I watched the birds dancing around my yard after the rain yesterday. They always seem to be so happy after the rain, swooping and flying in circles. Fun to watch, but I can never get close enough for a decent photo.

    6.26.2009 @ 9:38 pm
    Mom said,

    Very relaxing to just look at your pics and imagine myself there. I can actually visualize what you write…. :sleeping:

    6.27.2009 @ 8:24 am
    Becky said,

    Sorry if you were distracted while the hummer was perusing your delphi.


    6.27.2009 @ 8:59 am
    Karen M. said,

    My Favorite photo ..the gosling siblings. It’s beautiful! You could not have asked them to pose for it any better!

    6.27.2009 @ 1:37 pm

    Those dolls are so cute! My daughter touched the computer screen in appreciation. :-)

    Love those nature shots! If only I can see so many ‘natural things and creatures’ here in Dubai!

    6.29.2009 @ 7:23 am
    Terri Huber said,

    Hi Leann!
    So excited to see you on Facebook; Natalie got me to join and now all her friends are asking to be my friends.

    I looked up your blog (how I got here) and see the pix of the little paper people. Thought you may not know that this idea comes from a very ancient craft called Quilling. Google Quilling and you will find out a lot more.

    Hobby Lobby now carries all the paper strips, precut, and packaged by color. They also have the tools etc. I use to quill about 25-30 years ago! If I remember right, nuns started this art and it has had a renewal now. Looks like they now call it “paper spinning”. All things old become new again.

    I’ll contact you later on when we are back home in N. Fond du Lac, WI. We are here in Wheaton visiting Natalie and are heading home tomorrow.

    Have a great day and if you talk to your mom, please tell her hi and give her my email address.


    6.29.2009 @ 9:45 am
    Da Goddess said,

    The birds? Sweet! The curled paper people? Even sweeter! So glad you got photos of them. They’re perfect.

    7.2.2009 @ 5:00 am
    Terri Huber said,

    Hi Leanne!

    Did you read my comment regarding the “little paper people”? Your artwork is nothing short of AMAZING!!! I remember how talented your mom is with her drawings and poetry. Your gardening talents are also exceptional. WOW Just came back from visiting Natalie in her new Wheaton home. Please email me so I can add you to my address book. Would love to hear from your mom too. Is she still living in Illinois? How is Tommy, Brandy, and Chris? Please reply when you have a chance. I’m still trying to figure out how all this facebook stuff works as well as blogging. Need lots of help. Hope you check this often or else I’ll try to shoot you a message in facebook.

    Have a great day!!

    7.3.2009 @ 2:47 pm
    Paul Bates said,

    Great photos! I like the two that are looking away from each other. :D You have a very nice website!

    8.28.2009 @ 1:47 pm

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