Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nature Along the Journey

Design - "October" - Flip It - A Year with Charm
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count French Country Mocha - maybe
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - Several Years Ago
Completed - 29 August 2012

My Mom has been stitching along with me in keeping with my theme of Hodgepodge August.  She picked up an old WIP, and finished it up last night.  After Mom had cataract surgery, she found it difficult to work with linen.  She had this all stitched except the word 'October'.  With some help from me getting each of the letters started, and stitching outside in bright, indirect, natural light, Mom was able to finish the piece.
Oops!  Someone just pointed out I mis-stitched the year as 2102!  I just fixed it to say 2012.

I have still more to Sunday Outdoor Adventure photos to share.  Our trip to Crater Lake began by travelling south to Roseburg, Oregon. 

From Roseburg we travelled still further south and east following a road along-side the Umpqua River.  The Umpqua is a lovely river and home to lots of raptors.

As we drove I saw several large nests in the tops of trees - those of Bald Eagles and Osprey.

We stopped along side the road to watch (and listen) to this pair of Osprey.

They were extremely vocal - and loud!  You can hear their "typical voice" here.

Our next stop was at Diamond Lake. 
(View is of lake and Diamond Peak). 

Though sunny, it was quite windy - but the ducks did not mind.

We ate a picnic lunch at Crater Lake.  We were watched by a group of Clark's Nutcrackers and Steller's Jays.  The Clark's Nutcrackers begged for food - alighting on the table and staring at us inquisitively.  

Crater Lake is home to Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels...

AKA Chipmunks!

This guy was busy filling his cheeks with the seeds of some alpine plant.

The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel has lovely coloring and a pretty pattern along his back.

As we left the park, I noticed these sparrows sweetly singing into the blue, blue sky! 


Margaret said...

It's too bad your mom has trouble with linen now after her cataract surgery. I have baby cataracts -- hope they don't trouble me too soon! Love the pics from Crater Lake -- just lovely.

Simple Pleasure said...

I have contiued to enjoy following your blog on a daily basis...I'm such a creature of Martha would say...IT'S A GOOD THING!
Your eye for capturing the beauty of nature that surrounds you is such a gift.
Your stitching is not only meticulously done, but also bountiful. I am curious to learn how you typically finish and display the wonderful smalls.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart

Tracey said...

Sweet finish!! And your nature photos look beautiful! I did notice the year on your piece says "2102" instead of "2012." Not being critical, just letting you know. :)

Patty C. said...

The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels are so cute!

SewAmy said...

I love your 'october' Flip it!! I saw the numbers and just figured they meant something to you and not the date. hahaha We have two chipmunks in our yard. I love watching them play, I wish I could get a good close up picture like yours.

Carol said...

Such a cute Flip It finish--I never even noticed the mixed up date. I don't think any of us stitchers will be around in 2102, do you :)

Lovely nature photos, Beth--especially the osprey nest and the adorable chubby-cheeked chipmunk. Guess he's busy storing away food for the winter...

Barb said...

Such a cute finish! I love your pictures of your trip. After dealing with the border yesterday, a trip to Oregon looks very inviting!!