The first is a few tapped maple trees up the road from my place. While sitting there I was joined by some small birds (nut hatch) and tried to get at least their shape down on paper. They are not ones to sit still. The only green that day was clumps of an enthusiastic “weed” coming up.
The second is the Shoulder height stump of a huge Manitoba Maple (aka Box Elder) that came down last summer. I miss that tree. So do the Box Elder bugs that lived in it. I started noticing them inside and outside. A very elegant bug! I’ve been trying to take a mental snapshot when I see one. Then, the other day, one of them posed nicely for me. It’s so interesting to really look!