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making time for field trips and inspiration!

i’m trying this new thing where i go on a few field trips each month. i do things that i always would like to do, but feel like i never have the time for. i’ve even been packing a lunch!

my last field trip was to the international crane foundation in baraboo, wisconsin. i wasn’t even planning to go there. i’d headed for a hike in devil’s lake, but somehow missed my turnoff and since the crane foundation was just up the road, that’s where i decided to go. 

that’s part of the beauty of making time for these little field trips…i just never know where i’ll find inspiration, but i know i need to take the time out for anything to fall into place at all!

the entire trip was an inspiration! since my last name is crane, my parents have always been members of the international crane foundation. my favorite t-shirt was even from there, but i had’t visited in ages! 

i’d been thinking about why i paint owls and birds, and that i should paint a crane. these birds are just gorgeous! and there are so many different kinds… but, to me, they all have an incredible grace.

it was rather wonderful too, to hike the grounds of the foundation. everything looked like a painting to me.

and it all was incredibly peaceful. quite quiet, except for the cranes calling out to one another.

a few nights after my field trip, i had the most incredible dream…which i am sure will become a painting soon. these crane with brilliant red feathers on their heads, soared from the sky in groups of three. they’d land and then hop up and fly to the other side of  me…leaving golden glitter everywhere! 

quite a lot of inspiration from one day. and i can’t wait for my next field trip!

*do you remember a favorite field trip? i’m still searching for my next place to visit!*


happy december! it’s actually my grandmother’s 80th birthday today along with my brother and cousin’s birthdays too! definitely a time for a celebration! 

have a lovely weekend!


  1. Have you been to the circus museum in Baraboo? I feel like you would get a kick out of it.

  2. A place I must visit. I too love CRANES and can't wait to see that painting!

    A lovely namesake to have. 🙂

  3. I love the idea of packing lunch and going off on a adventure! Canes are SO elegant.
    Life is for living.

    xxx Lorraine xxx

  4. Ooh I love your photos! This place looks wonderful:) I took a field trip of sorts to see family upstate and posted about it on my blog:) next trip will be a bit more outdoorsy. ours was more viewing from the car, travelling by…LOL! But STill fun!! 🙂 have a great day!

  5. i haven't been to the circus world museum…drove by on my way getting lost and finding the crane foundation. thinking it might be a fun place to take our nephews 🙂

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