Male Baltimore Oriole, Icterus Galbula, many Baltimore's and orchard oriole, nest on and around our property. We even have a nesting Baltimore family each year in our side yard beside our home within feet from our feeding stations. They usually occupy the same beautiful hanging nest each year that the female repairs upon their return each season (the females make and repair the nests). Not only do we live only a couple miles away from a beautiful century farm, West Orchards, we also live on a property that was a grape vineyard & fruit/vegetable farm over 100 yrs ago. There are still wild Concord grapes, apples, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc., that all grow wild on our property to this day, that attract these birds, and orchard orioles, to raise their families here. Only a portion of their diet consists of nectar and overly ripe fruits. Although, if you want to see them front row and center, these birds love a fresh supply of fruit preserves offered daily. Their bodies transfer sugars into fats for their essential migration, which they are preparing for each summer to head out soon before the cold season hits us up north to winter is Central and South Americas. Otherwise, a majority of their diet is insects, they use the protein to raise their young and for molting before each migration.
This Saturday is my solo opener! I hope to see you there to celebrate with me, it would mean the world to me!
Aug 18-Sept 1, M-Sa 12-6pm, +appointments available. FREE Opening reception, Sat, Aug 18th, 6-9pm, at Art on Madison ( @art_on_madison ) in Lakewood, OH, USA. FREE Closing reception, Sat, Sept 1st 6-9pm. Details and directions for all my shows can be found on my calendar on my website. Please sign up to my newsletter as well. www.catswartz.com
Currently running until Sept, 2 photos are in Photographers Only show, both matted/framed photos are available for purchase at Stella's Art Gallery (@stellas_art_gallery ), Mentor, OH, USA. See calendar for details at www.catswartz.com
My niece is in that belly! 👶 She will be the first girl in my hubby's family after 30+ years! I think all us gals are looking forward to seeing some pink and bows to balance out all the dinosaurs and trains we are used to! 😉
I’ve been learning to embrace discomfort. If I had it my way, I would stay in the solitude of my own room for hours; journaling, creating, watching Netflix. But the reality is that I was created to be in community. Living with social anxiety is something that often feels crippling and exhausting, but by forcing myself to step outside and embrace and love the people around me, I’ve experienced so much more joy.