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The Bear Issue with Our Spring-fed Water Line

So I’ve done a good job of making sure the water is dripping on the cold nights and so far so good with not letting the lines freeze. But this afternoon my water at the kitchen faucet surprised me with only a very thin stream. Not even enough to rinse out my coffee cup. After a hike up the mountain to see where the problem was, I found that we don’t have a frozen water issue. We have a bear issue.

Watercolor binder from Wild Ozark.

Watercolor Binder / Media – Ready to Use

Binder/Media for handmade watercolors. I use our Ozark mountain spring water, raw gum Arabic resin, honey, and essential oil of cloves. Make it yourself (recipe below) or buy it already prepared and ready to use.

I wish I would have remembered to leave the water on last night.

Leave the Water On

You’d think by now I’d remember to do that when the first true cold snap arrives. But no, I always forget, just like I forgot last night.

Accepted to the Wild & Scenic Film festival. “Destination Unknown”, in Ozark earth pigments. The model was a photo by Mike TR Dunn, used by permission. Media is handmade watercolors using real earth pigments on Fabriano 300# and is 16" x 20". The Red-tailed hawk is one of the birds in my ongoing Ozark Birds of Prey project.

Red-Tailed Hawk Painting – “Destination Unknown”, Original Watercolor

Destination Unknown was awarded the Silver Medal in the Aquamedia division at the Audubon Artists 78th Annual Online Exhibition (2020).  It was also awarded third place in the Wild & Scenic Art Exhibition 2021.

This work is available but will be on exhibit at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, AR for the month of June (2021). If you purchase it, I’ll ship it as soon as I retrieve it in July. If you’re local, it’s an excellent opportunity to see it in person.

An original work by Madison Woods. A red-tailed hawk painting featuring Ozark pigments and handmade watercolors. Free shipping to US addresses.

  • light-fast, permanent pigments
  • 16 x 20″
  • 300# watercolor paper
  • unframed (except for local-pick up – frame is included, will ship framed if buyer pays shipping. [email protected] to arrange this.)
  • free shipping (unframed)

Back to my Spring Schedule

I’m back to my spring schedule and that means Sundays at KSA! You can check my calendar to make sure I’m there or call ahead if you’re coming to paint or try out the Paleo Paints.

2018 Spring Awakening Watch – First Native Flowers of the Ozarks

It’s mid-March 2018 and I’m watching for the first native flowers of the Ozarks to start blooming. I particularly love the ephemeral blooms of early spring, like the bloodroot and Dutchmen’s breeches. Scroll down to see pictures and keep up with what’s blooming at Wild Ozark. If you’re looking specifically for the ginseng unfurling/blooming, you’ll …

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Rain Makes Waterfalls!

Three of our favorite waterfalls hide in a steep little holler. They’re beautiful and when it rains, they really flow. Over the past twenty-four hours we’ve had 5″ of rain. That’s a lot for us here at Wild Ozark, and it means serious flooding. The driveway is torn up pretty badly and all of the …

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No Water

This morning I turned on the faucet to put some water on my toothbrush. Nothing but a few drops came out. Then, nothing. No water. No Water My thoughts immediately led to the question in my mind, which was “Where did all the water go?” This isn’t the first time I’ve had nothing at the faucet first …

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The Nature of Still Water

We’re holding our breath here this morning at Wild Ozark, waiting to see what happens when the lines on the mountain thaw. See, we’d insulated all the lines under the house and figured, hey, it shouldn’t freeze now under there tonight – let’s see what happens. Well, we forgot about the nature of still water …

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Tending our Wild Ozark Water

Springs at Wild Ozark I’ve written before about how we are dependent on our wild Ozark water. This is a post from last year around this time of year and it’s one of my favorites. This activity of inspecting the tank and lines is one that occurs at least annually here and usually more often than that. …

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Gratitude to all of my family, friends, and followers and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Thanksgiving 2020

May your day be filled with abundance and gratitude. I have a lot to be thankful for, and the love and health of family is at the top of my list. I have a husband who is my anchor, best friend, and companion even while on the other side of the world. It’s hard to …

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Perhaps not so stylish a way to wear my shawl, but it is very warm!

Simple Survival Skills: The Multipurpose Pashmina Shawl #survivalhack #homesteading

A scarf by itself might not be enough to keep you from freezing to death in extreme temperatures. But a large scarf, known as a shawl, can serve multiple functions aside from keeping your neck warm like a scarf. It takes up little space in a glove compartment in your car. Keep one in your …

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Random Nature Connection – Do Animals Plan Ahead?

2nd Friday after Winter Solstice This is the second of my weekly #RandomNatureConnection posts. Read more about this meme here and consider joining us if you love nature and blog about it. Here’s a short Tweet you can use to invite others: Join us for #RandomNatureConnection! The other Random Nature Connection posts: 1rst Friday– Water …

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Random Nature Connection

With the Winter Solstice 2014 I began a blog meme I called “Random Nature Connection”. Here are the posts I wrote during that period.   The Random Nature Connection posts:   1rst Friday – water (photo of water dripping) 2nd Friday – planning ahead (photo of sunset) 3rd Friday – resistance to change (photo of …

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