This month’s Groovy Links are blogs and websites dedicated to outdoor adventures and being in nature, whether it’s hiking, gardening, painting—or flying!
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta got started Saturday morning bright and early with a spectacular launch of colorful vessels. We enjoyed seeing details of the balloons on tv, then going to our kitchen window and looking at the tiny dots on the horizon through our binoculars. That’s right, we could see the balloons flying from 50 miles away! Sunday we got a chance to go see the evening Balloon Glow, when all the balloons return from their afternoon flights. The festival runs through October 13 this year.
Beauty in the Backcountry is the blog and website of Canadian hiker and Ecco Ambassador Morgan Kwan. Morgan writes about her backpacking adventures (most recently to Macchu Picchu) and gives tips to beginning and intermediate outdoorswomen about hiking, packing, and looking groomed and staying comfortable while on the trail.
Gail Eichelberger writes the blog, Clay and Limestone. She has planted her garden with native wildflowers and plants that attract native pollinating insects and animals. Her blog focuses on the special challenges and joys of wildflower gardening in middle Tennessee. She hosts the monthly Wildflower Wednesday link party, which allows garden bloggers from all over to virtually visit some beautiful gardens and see gorgeous wildflowers from different parts of the US and the world.
Artist and illustrator Debby Kaspari’s blog, Drawing the Motmot, features her sketches and paintings of wildlife and nature. Her specialties include birds and animals of the tropics.
Christine Novak Kane is an artist and hiker in the Chicago, IL area who writes the blog Let’s Paint Nature. She offers lots and lots of tips and tutorials on plein air painting! Great stuff for artists who want to learn more about working outside on location.
Pam Johnson Brickell lives and paints in South Carolina’s Low Country. She shares the luscious watercolor pages of her sketchbook on her blog, South Carolina Low Country Nature Journaling and Art. Besides the tips, tutorials and inspirations offered on her site, Brickell leads workshops and classes on nature journaling and calligraphy.