Mid-May Photoplay -Update from The4c


Funnel Cloud that chased my daughter through the yard and tore out the top of the tree then vanished. #Kansas #tornadoalley


My walking partner. Four miles a day; rain, snow or shine. Very ambitious cat.


Twilight Camp: Mixed Media I finished over the weekend. #livetoexplore #in2nature  http://michele-carter.pixels.com/featured/twilight-camp-michele-bruce-carter.html

Digital Download of Twilight Camp is here: Digital Download – Printable



Above edit from a photograph I took in Chase County Kansas – Print hereimage


Foretold by a Crow & Saved by a Hawk

It may seem strange to some that I am outdoors in all types of weather.. Rain, snow and sleet are a little more tolerable to me than when the temps reach over 100 degrees. But its true the devil IS in the details. If I do not get out and clear my mind of how many times 7 goes into 27 and 612 for my sons math assignment and  how many test and quizzes I will be grading later for my 10th grader, I start to lose the drive that leads to a productive and creative life.

And if i had not been reeled back into the peace of nature by the screeching of the hawk outside my open window. All would be lost again! Very busy school days at the 4C.

Anyway it is pouring this afternoon across the Kansas hills and valleys. This area which is either farm or range land is not known for its great woodlands it is quite the opposite. Although the tree-lines which grow naturally in the draws and run offs that mostly consist of Elm, Locust, Oak and Cottonwood are lush and leafing out. The underbrush is a tangle of sumac, ragweed ,ivy and naturally a new crop of Elm saplings. Well to make a long story short I realized in the silver pouring  rain under the dark skies I was standing in a thicket of eeriness!


Do you ever look into a the woods and think you see or feel something or someone staring back at you? I swear in the steady rain, I saw a brownish black mane of hair blowing with the wind behind a tree that was well over 4 feet taller than me. I stood staring at it to move but I freaked out and decided not to wait it out as I am completely unarmed and unable to defend myself if it were a threat of some sort. I have seen many big cat tracks around this area and it is teeming with other wildlife I have seen such as turkey and deer, goose and duck, eagle, coyote and fox.

Anyway lesson learned. DO not leave home without your machete, sidearm or some type of fixed blade. =P

My teenage daughter offers her opinion to “What is”; A hairy bipedal cryptozoological creature!  Personally I dont think Kansas’ open prairies and fairly  limited woodlands are great habitat for Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). But I dont know maybe there is a ” Prairie Bigfoot.” Something to think about.

In the Studio Today:

After all of that, I was able to put a couple of thoughts together for a poem about this photo I took. I added a few zillion layers to the photo to get the effect I wanted. It is in my store here for Instant Digital Download. I dont always have time or the space to push traditional paint around on a daily basis so I use all means available for a little creativity.



Signs of Summer

Colorful blooms upon the vine

lure the winged bright eyes.

While nature with a lavish hand

spreads grandeur throughout the land.

Sweet is the smell of flowers,

soft is the sound of rain.

Crows foretell what the summer will yield;

flowers, the garden and the grain in the field.

-Michele  Bruce-Carter 2016

To Nature Enthusiasts, Hunters and Hikers- Tick Identification and Effects


To Nature Enthusiasts, Hunters and Hikers- Tick Identification and Effects


Lone Star Ticks are most common in my area and are without a doubt in full swing as our winter was very mild.They are  easily recognized by the white dot (females) on the center of their backs. Males have white lines around the edges of the top of their bodies. These ticks are often mistaken for blacklegged ticks formerly known as “deer ticks” that cause Lyme Disease.


Lone star ticks live throughout eastern, southeastern and midwestern parts of the country where woodlands and white tail deer are plentiful.

Possible effects of Lone Star tick bites on humans:


  • Rash that looks similar to Lyme and may involve fatigue, headache,fever,muscle and joint pains (STARI)
  • Heartland Virus: fatigue, fever, headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, appetite loss and upset stomach.
  • Severe Red Meat Allergy with symptoms of anaphylaxis 4-6 hours after eating red meat.

Tick Facts:


  • White footed mice are the carriers of Lyme Disease. Lone Star ticks do not feed on them.
  • Ticks are attracted to your carbon dioxide.
  • Ticks don’t drop from above they crawl up from the ground.
  • Tick checks can be fun with your significant other.

Most of us love to be outdoors and are more likely to enjoy them if we exercise a little precaution when exploring in the tall grass or woods. I  wear mid calf boots with my pants tucked in and usually long sleeves if  I am out in the early morning and the heat is not terribly skortching. Insect spray can also be helpful or wearing your pants inside of your socks and may also double as a creative form of birth control unless you are really good at pulling off that look.


Remember, finding ticks latched on on your person can feel like playing russian roulette and no one likes a tick bite related  illness. So cover up if you can and give yourself a tick check upon returning. Often times you can find them before they latch on.

Happy outdooring, stay safe and well!PicsArt_04-13-12.59.15wm

Photo Description: Walk in the Woods: The woods are an endless source of wonder. Where remnants of Indian trails and unmarked roads sometimes appear.

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Published by Michele Bruce Carter

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April 13, 2016