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Illustration: fall leaves

September 30, 2017

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Here, in the Northeast, the leaves are starting to change. Hear the subtle crunching as you walk outside. Gracefully, they float down from the heavens like orange and yellow snowflakes. Although the air is crisp, the colors will soon illuminate the vista with brilliant warmth.

Do you look at the different shapes and try to identify what tree they are from? What tree is common in your area?

I made four watercolors, and then turned them into postcards. Feel free to check them out at my store.

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chestnut oak

December 5, 2014

chestnut_oak_by_al_lau

The Chestnut Oak tree is native in eastern North America. from Mississippi to Maine. Wildlife, such as blue jays, woodpeckers, squirrels and deer rely on acorns of the oak tree as a source of their diet. The average life span of an oak tree is 60 years.

sweet gum

November 20, 2014

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Watercolor painting of an autumn leaf from a Sweet Gum tree.

the cardinal

November 6, 2014

maple_tree_fall_by_al_lau

I used to think that all birds fly south for the winter, but since I started hanging a bird feeder, I learned that there are certain birds that stick around even through the winter. One of those birds is the Cardinal.

If you are an avid bird watcher or animal lover, hanging feeders can be addicting, not to mention birds start relying on you as a source for food in their daily routine. Displayed just outside my window, I have three kinds feeders – a seed dispenser, a thistle bag and a suet cage, so that I can observe a diverse group of visiting songbirds.

In the spirit of season, this is my little sketch of a cardinal on an Autumn tree.

drawing: oak tree

November 14, 2012

The average life span for Oak trees is 100 to 300 years. There are over 150 species of Oak trees, including Black, Bur, Northern Pin, White and Swamp White. This drawing of mine is of the Red Oak species which characteristically turn a brilliant red during the autumn season.

Its acorns are enjoyed by White-tailed Deer, squirrels and Blue Jays.

sketch: autumn snail

November 11, 2011

People are not the only ones who enjoy the autumn season.

fall leaves

November 20, 2009

I’ve collected a pile of leaves this fall season, while walking the dog.  I can’t seem to identify the round one (middle, lower row).   It is not as common as the maple and oak species, and it has a interesting pattern of veins.

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