Pretty Birds! Grosbeak at the Feeder

Two new birds for us here at Wild Ozark. We’ve never seen either of these before. They’re both males.

Blue Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming


Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


2 thoughts on “Pretty Birds! Grosbeak at the Feeder

  1. Nice! I actually got a couple shots today of a male cardinal…with my cell phone. 🙂 He and his missus happened to be perched on the butterfly bush (at least last year’s dead branches of it) right outside our living room window and I managed to get my phone over there without scaring them off. Quite an accomplishment! Usually they spot a person and are gone in a flash.

    janet

    1. Great job! The cardinals here are so skittish too, and I rarely get good pics of any sort of animal because they move so much. At least plants stay put if the wind isn’t blowing, lol.

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