Life, art, and nature on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Let's catch up. I bought a tree and started a new mixed-media piece to celebrate Earth Day. The weather was too dismal to plant the tree on Wednesday, but It is safely tucked in the ground now and our whole property is bursting with new growth. 
Japanese Maple.
Layered paint, paper, charcoal, and ink on canvas, then printed the piece on fabric and added more layers of fabric and stitching.
As we're just back from the East Coast Paddlesports Festival, I added a kayak and paddleboard. Don't laugh at my little stitchy stick figures.
The apple blossoms have peaked, but are still lovely.
"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of color, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

All the wild things are stirring as well. On Sunday morning a fox chased Fitz through our woods and he shot straight up a loblolly pine to escape. Fortunately, Mike heard the commotion and chased the fox away. Abby is shedding like crazy and I am tossing all the hair from grooming out for the nesting birds.
The martin house is a beehive of activity. I'm thinking there may be no vacancies this year. The bluebird house is also occupied, though I'm not sure the occupants are bluebirds
Down by the river, the osprey are nesting.
It was good to be home on the weekend for a change and even better because our daughter was home as was her best friend, our almost daughter. Did a little pony shopping on Saturday afternoon with the girls. Took this guy for a test drive. Hmmm....
More on this next week. Hopefully. 
Stay positive, blog friends. XO.


  1. Hi Mary! I have been lurking around your blog for a long time and really should have commented a long time ago. I practically grew up on the Eastern Shore and originally found you by doing a search for blogs about the Eastern Shore. Your photography is beautiful and makes me feel as if I'm there since I well know so many of the places you frequent (especially Blackwater!). I still come to visit once a year and dream of living there again someday. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy "trips" there via your blog. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work...this homesick girl really appreciates it!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Holly! This really is a special place. I left the shore in my twenties but found my way back and raised my family here. Blackwater is my home away from home, and yet I rarely visited until about three years ago. Now, I can't go two weeks without stopping in, there's always something new to see. I tell myself I'm going to Cambridge to run errands but keep right on driving. Thanks again for taking the time to comment. Mary C.


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