The lizard in distress

As my scissor got closer to him his mouth opened as if to yell for help or gasp for air.

Today I had what was to me a unique and intimate experience with a lizard

I went out to water my seeds, seedlings, and plants… yes bizarre as it sounds I water by hand.

I had in my own sloppy way attempted to temporarily barricade one specific plot against the javelina, neighbors’ cats, birds, squirrels, etc. with 1” fencing and bird netting. This morning when I came outside I found yet another  beautiful lizard that I am used to seeing wandering through my garden, but today he was caught up in  bird netting.

I could tell he was still alive by trying to rearrange the netting, and watch him squirm. I delicately moved the bird netting around, to slowly trim away the netting from this precious creature. Ironically with each move I made, he in turn kept working at moving himself more  into the  bird netting! It appeared to me as if he was being strangled by the netting. As I moved the netting around slowly add snipped closer and closer to his head he was either gasping for air or trying to talk to me, but no sound came out. I talked to him through the entire experience, trying to comfort him and let him know I was trying to help him, and wanting to save him. After I was able to finally cut him free, he immediately scampered off and disappeared.

Sadly but he is a marked lizard with that bird netting necklace he is still wearing. I did not have the nerve to try and hold him to “operate”.

Now when I see him around ( which I sure hope I will) I will know him by his ” necklace”. I will know who he and I have a special relationship from all the other lizards that I see here daily. I need to come up with a good name for him. Not just buddy. But I am afraid that the netting that is still wrapped  around his neck may likely hook on to the many obstacles that wait for him in the course of his life in our garden.

Nice to think that we all have someone looking out for us so when we get caught up in the bird netting of life .

And just for the record….this is the 2nd time I came across the very nasty reality of bird netting. If it does what it is intended to do then a small creature, be it bird or bunny or lizard or fish or whatever … can get trapped in it, not having the strength to break free from the powerful plastic….and can die stuck in it. GRRR, how did I not think of that when I bought lots of it to “protect” our garden.

I am done with bird netting! With that said I am repurposing the bird netting to my art materials.

I plan on exploring working it into one of my mixed media chakra paintings. I feel that the heart chakra (green) is where I need start. His heart touched mine. Stay tuned to see what happens with the materials repurposed on  THECHEERPROJECT.COM

Okra to sooth my aching heart

The shape of okra reminds me of tear drops and yet I do not feel at all sad when looking at okra…. well that is except for when my plans have been destroyed by various natural predators in my garden.

Olives want attention too!

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Garlic olives, home grown, home made in the making

Olive trees. For those that are allergic,  they can be brutal. Messy, pesticide sprayed high maintenance trees that go along with ornamental oranges in my mind of silly fruit baring trees planted in the southwest!  BUT, if you do not spray them , and fertilize them and bother to go out of your way to pick and pickle them… delicious home grown , home made garlic olives = MAJOR yum for months. So as the temperature is starting to feel human  here, and with  LOTS of urban farming things to do outside ( beside the rest of life to dos/ work  and … did I say hiking  anyone ?)  picking and pickling olives is on my timely to do list ! Snooze you loose.

 

What if mother nature wore mascara in the desert ?

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Sometimes I feel that my attempt at gardening in the summer is truly some sick joke I am playing on myself. After months of pampering, and after finally getting 5 yummy pickling cucumbers … I have now successfully killed several more plants it seems. Too much/ too little water, gazillion degree heat, too much or too little fish emulsion, etc etc.  Wondering if these will be the last cucumbers I include in my art for many many many months ? AND I LOVE CUCUMBERS!!!! Ironically I have grown to  also love dripping paint, which by the way  is really not a good summer outdoor activity here either.  The paint seems to dry before it even hits the canvas. I have been thinking… ( dangerous I know ) …this paint technique with this color paint makes me think that the desert dweller mother nature’s mascara is running .

Prickly Pear Cactus Grenades

Between my deep concern about the nuclear deal with Iran and the fact that I finally watched the movie American Sniper the other night....prickly pear Cactus fruit felt even more ominous handling it this week.
Violet is such a spiritual spiritual color, one connected to insightful moments of thought…. and yet there are so many juxtapositions that surround us daily.

Working on the Chakra healing series of paintings does not always result in happy feeling paintings. Between my concern and attention to listening to what varied sources are saying here and abroad about the  nuclear deal with Iran …and the fact that I finally watched the movie American Sniper movie  the other night….prickly pear Cactus fruit appeared much  more ominous when I was handling it this week.

Cucumber triplets

consistent with my mini veggies I harvested my first 3 cucumbers yesterday ( yep finally ) and today it appears the same predator the devoured my one of my eggplant leaves now has taken down several cucumber plants
Consistent with my skill for growing very small veggies , Friday I harvested my first 3 cucumbers. Yeah, go ahead, say it … “really” ? Yep It is almost mid August . Today it appears the same predator that devoured the leaves off one of my eggplants the other day has now done its business to several of my cucumber plants. Sigh. SO , I guess I am grateful to have harvested these yummy small cucumbers!

This busy bee’s creative soul is very grateful to have had an inspiring get away

Although I have not been posting as regularly as I had hoped to when I  got this blog started it  CERTAINLY is not because I have not been working on content.

With that said I would like to add that  having spent 12 days this summer between NY and DC areas really were inspiring. It was great being back in the mode of my street photography,  and running around museums and galleries ( literally burned off some edges of some new sneakers ) . The trip  really put a creative fire in my belly. It has been 4 weeks  ( today ) since I got home and I have been cranking it up with painting, mixed media, shooting photos in my garden and in my studio with treasures from my garden against Chakra Healing Series. I have messing with photos from the trip  to make a separate blog from the images and get family photo treasures scene by …. well family!  AND big reality check…. working on write up and visual support materials to get funding and exhibition ….  and with that said I thought this recent busy bee image I shot in our garden with a night bloomer in it’s full brief beauty seemed very approriate.

Exact opposite of what I was finding myself shooting in NY,NJ, MD and DC
Exact opposite of what I was finding myself shooting in NY,NJ, MD and DC

 

Quail recipe revisited

While watering the veggies this morning I realized my quail recipe I considered a few weeks ago was best that it had not been executed. It appears that the fat yummy quail I had been considering for dinner… must have been pregnant because as I walked up to one of the raised beds a family of baby quail went running out of cover of the cinder blocks that were protecting them( silly kids)  , with their mom yelling at them  ( and me ) from nearby. No photos . Wondering where the nest had been .