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The Lonely Castle

A Storied Castle It must be this grey, cold winter vibe that has me craving the creepiest of adventures. While the lonely castle does not disappoint, there’s something inspiring in this structure that has lasted more than century, during much of which it stood empty and neglected. With a new life for the castle on…

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An Abandoned Stone Mill Upcycle

Getting Colorful This upcycle episode is based on last week’s eerie outing at the abandoned Seneca Quarry Stone Mill. I took inspiration from the site as I dreamed up this week’s artwork. I wanted to find a way to celebrate nature reclaiming the quarry site with the trashy treasures I found. This Ecopsyched! upcycle was…

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An Abandoned Stone Mill

Seneca Quarry’s Abandoned Stone-Cutting Mill Happy New Year! It’s a brand new year, and I hope it finds you safe and well. I’m grateful for the continued opportunity to share Ecopsyched! adventures in nature and art, and I hope they offer you moments of inspiration. Find yourself outdoors and getting creative this year. I’m kicking…

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The Christmas Pig-Deer Upcycle

It’s an Ecopsyched! Holiday Upcycle Join me for this holiday upcycle episode, and discover what becomes of the trashy treasures collected from the river during our last outing. This artsy attempt toes the line between pig and reindeer! With each upcycle project comes some level of intention. I typically imagine the possibilities for my trashy…

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The Christmas Pine

The Rooted Holiday Tree One of my favorite holiday memories is trudging through the snow as a child with my family to cut our Christmas tree. I loved being in the woods, the smell of pine sap, and the warmth of holiday feelings. As an adult, I appreciate my Christmas trees rooted and growing tall,…

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The First Ecopsyched! Upcycle

Chesapeake Bay Upcycle Accomplished! Have you ever seen a pretty piece of trash and thought it would look nice on your mantel? No? Trash rarely reveals its potential without some intention on behalf of the spectator. More often these days, I catch myself staring at metal scraps and driftwood. Perhaps it’s because of my new…

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Below the Cliffs

Little Revelations Below the Cliffs I’m psyched to invite you along on my first video adventure. Join me for a zen-ful experience below the cliffs of the Chesapeake Bay. And get a peek at the trashy-treasure that will become the first ever Ecopsyched! upcycle project (tune in next week). I didn’t realize it would be,…

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I’m So Ecopsyched!

Nature and Arts Adventures Have you ever wanted to sideline the stress and make time for your passion project? Have you ever daydreamed about that project becoming your full-time career? I’ve had this very waking dream more days than I can count. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been working in an exciting career for more…

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STORIES: Stardust

About Stardust: Even on days he thinks he’s ordinary, he’s actually made of the stuff of magic. Join Leo and find out what makes each of us out of this world. I hope you’ll join me on this Ecopsyched! Stories adventure! -Lisa B Collect this magical Ecopsyched! Stories print! Tune in to more Ecopsyched! Stories….

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STORIES: The Vagabond of Puddle Pond

About The Vagabond of Puddle Pond: There once was a man who roamed the countryside with bare feet. His shirt was tattered, and his pants were too short. Over his shoulder he cradled his favorite crooked walking stick. Tied around the end of that stick was a quilt that hung like a bag and carried…

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STORIES: Walter Under Waves

About Walter Under Waves: To Walter, dreams are as real as day. They have to be. Come along on this tale about the value of dreams. Thank you for sharing in this Ecopsyched! story with me! -Lisa B Collect this whimsical Ecopsyched! Stories print! Tune in to more Ecopsyched! Stories. Story, illustration, and episode: Copyright…

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STORIES: JoJo and the Weeds

About JoJo and the Weeds: Compassion for all living things is the centerpiece of this sweet tale about a little girl and her speedy dog and their well-intentioned mischief. Thank you for sharing in this Ecopsyched! story with me! -Lisa B Collect this whimsical Ecopsyched! Stories print! Tune in to more Ecopsyched! Stories. Story, illustration,…

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NATURE POD: Midnight Thunderstorm

It’s midnight when the rain begins to fall. Lightning flickers in the distance, and a soft rumble of thunder heralds the approaching storm. You may recall Ecopsyched!’s Rainstorm nature pod episode. It has received the most listens of any nature pod episode to date. There is something soothing about the rhythm of raindrops. Since I started…

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STORIES: The Twisted Old Tree

About The Twisted Old Tree: At the root of this story of newfound friendship is a tree. Join an unlikely pair as they bond under The Twisted Old Tree. Thank you for sharing in this Ecopsyched! story with me! -Lisa B Collect this whimsical Ecopsyched! Stories print! Tune in to more Ecopsyched! Stories. Story, illustration,…

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STORIES: Gaël of Isle

About Gaël of Isle: Life is simple and good on Isle. Even bullies are no match for the power of island life. Join Gaël for a lesson in peace and perseverance on a hillside on Isle. Thank you for sharing in this Ecopsyched! story with me! -Lisa B Collect this whimsical Ecopsyched! Stories print! Tune…

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STORIES: Lion Face

About Lion Face: At a time when being social is taboo, meet Griffin on his quest to connect. Delight in the resolve of this young boy and his clever mother. Tune in to this touching tale of togetherness in the outdoors. Thank you for sharing in this Ecopsyched! story with me! -Lisa B Collect this…

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About Ecopsyched! Stories

Introducing Ecopsyched! Stories! It’s a new season at Ecopsyched! Tune in to this episode to learn about a new category of storytelling at Ecopsyched! I hope you’ll soon be coming along with me on an Ecopsyched! stories adventure. -Lisa  Music Copyrights: Swing House by RKVC A Long Cold by Riot First Time Experience by Nate…

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ReImagining

A New Season on the Horizon A very warm welcome to you in the new Studio Blog at Ecopsyched! You’ll find all the original eco art blog posts here, along with future posts focusing on studio musings. From creative writing and podcasting to a whimsical new style of illustrating, I’ll be sharing my trials and…

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Listen & Draw: Nature

Create Abstract Art to the Sounds of Nature Have you ever wondered about the color of a frog’s croak and the shape of a bee’s buzz? Let abstract art unfold at your fingertips to the sounds outside your door. Or tune in to Ecopsyched! Nature Pods for audible inspiration. No experience necessary! Explore the project…

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Interactive Garden

Create an Interactive Oasis at Home I wish I could take even partial credit for this beautiful garden in my neighborhood. The truth is, I’m a simple benefactor of others’ creativity and hard work, and of the peace and inclusion the garden adds to the community. From the carefully selected flora to the inviting benches…

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NATURE POD: At The Feeder

It’s winter and pickings are slim. Tune in to this free-for-all at the feeder where wily creatures of land and air compete for seeds and personal space. Thanks for eavesdropping at the feeder with me! -Lisa B Interesting: You’re not alone if you’ve wondered whether providing food for birds in the winter is helpful or…

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NATURE POD: Quiet Waters

The South River flows for 10 miles before entering Maryland’s treasured Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, the gentle waves of the tributary lap against its sandy shores. The subtle sounds of tumbling sand and tiny bursting bubbles shape these moments on a sunny afternoon in a park called Quiet Waters. Thank you for sharing in…

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Nature Painting

Canvas, Colors and Earthly Inspiration Grab your paint brushes, pens and pencils, and take in a landscape or a leaf. As you sketch, discover a complex and awesome planet, this Earth. Nature is an inspirational subject. It evokes a spectrum of emotions – awe, fear, compassion, sadness, happiness and others. Let your interpretations of your…

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NATURE POD: Just Goosin’ Around

On this exceptionally warm winter day, people and other animals flock to the community gardens. Tune in to children and geese gingerly sharing a pond-side setting. Will this gathering of geese ever find a clear runway for take-off among their many fans? Get an inside listen to this gaggle at the gardens. -Lisa B Interesting:…

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NATURE POD: Wintering Woods of Thorncrag

Trek through the snow-covered forest of Thorncrag, pausing only for the sounds of wintering creatures and muffled babbling brooks below ice. Among the cadence of footsteps, hear the history of the Sanctuary and how it came to be a protected natural place at the edge of town. -Lisa B Interesting: Did you know trees go…

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Macro Photography

Explore hidden wonders through macro photography. Experiencing feelings of awe in nature is often associated with grand views such as mountain landscapes, starry night skies, and towering redwood trees. Yet, there are wee wonders that tend to escape everyday human perception. Discover the tiny intricacies of a beautiful world through macro photography. The investigative process…

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NATURE POD: Busy Bee

This bumblebee is busy at work with the tasty task of pollinating. Tune in to hear the fervid flight of this delightful little creature. It’s been a busy year at Ecopsyched! too. In fact, it’s been a busy few years of dreaming up this passion project, editing the first feature episodes, developing the creative, and…

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NATURE POD: Rainstorm

Plunging from the clouds and crashing to earth, each raindrop is part of a rainstorm symphony. The intermittent winds swell and the ground saturates. Delight in a collaboration of elements in this “Rainstorm” episode. Interesting: Did you know that the sound of rain has a color? “Aren’t sounds invisible?,” you might ask. Have you heard…

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