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As I’ve ventured out this summer for sketching is that there is so much activity happening in miniature. You just have to stand still and look.

Like the butterfly above, which alighted on some echinacea as I was photographing my friend Marilyn’s beautiful garden this month. Marilyn, a landscape gardener, modeled after Monet’s garden, takes a lot of water (she and her husband put in a new well to accommodate its needs) and attracts a wide variety of winged creatures:  butterflies, bees, moths, and hummingbirds.

Ordinarily, my landscapes are of vistas and wider views, but I realize there are a lot of much tinier worlds waiting to be painted as a way of being appreciated.

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