Me And My Canon

I love to take photos on my 2-acre homestead with my Canon Rebel EOS T5i.  I live in the forest of the Pacific Northwest with farmlands all around me. It's a different setting than your typical farmland in that we are in the depths of tall Evergreens.  I cannot see my neighbors as we are all engulfed by these huge trees, but we can all hear each other's hens clucking and roosters crowing, cows mooing and horses whinnying and I can even hear the donkeys up the hill from my mini farm.

My Garden

Half of my garden with climbing sweet peas, beans just starting to grow, strawberries and herbs in wooden barrels & potatoes still hidden under the dirt.  No bees in the bee hives this year, but hopefully next... The other half, not shown here, bears cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and rows of sweet corn!

You can see here how tall the trees get (actually this is one of the shorter ones) and they surround our entire property!

My Chickens

I have two Light Brahmas, two Buff Brahmas, two Easter Eggers, two Marans and two White Silkies - as well as one Beautiful Brahma Rooster.

My Flowers

We all have the same beautiful flowering plants that are native to this area - they grow wild on our homesteads, but some we have purchased and planted ourselves and the Magnolia is one such tree on my property.  Please allow me to share this beautiful flowering tree with you...

My Jane Magnolia Tree

My Magnolia tree always blooms in the Spring and the blooms are amazing to behold.  But it also blooms again in August if the weather is particularly nice - and this is always a pleasant surprise for me. The foliage is so thick and beautiful on this tree and it always begins to bloom first on the very top of the tree. It is called a Jane Magnolia and the color is magnificent! Here’s what Google says…

“Deciduous magnolias usually flower in spring before leaf emergence. Magnolia grandiflora (bull bay), the most commonly grown evergreen, flowers in flushes from summer until early autumn.” I took some pictures of the beautiful buds and flowers and I want to share them with you.

I used the above photo to create my very first graphite illustration of a flower.  It was so fun, I was hooked!


I took these photos in the early morning, so the early morning blue of the sky is enhancing the color of the beautiful fuschia buds.  Some at the very top of the tree are opening to the morning sun.

This one is wearing a fuzzy cap!


I used the photo above to try out my first watercolor illustration of a magnolia bud.  Even though it wasn't great, it felt right and I loved it and new once again that botanical illustration was the art for me!


“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament.”   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For ever since the world was created,
people have seen the earth and sky.
Through everything God made,
they can clearly see His invisible qualities–
His eternal power and divine nature.
So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Romans 1:20