Month: April 2014

did you know?

…that a turkey vulture’s wings are not black but really a combination of indigo blue, brown, teal dark purple and beige?

full wing spread
full wing spread

…that you can see right through a turkey vulture’s nose? Also, this nose works better than the black vulture which has to wait until the turkeys smell the dead thing.

see-through nose
see-through nose

…that turkey vultures can be brats? This was taken right before she decided that she didn’t want to stick around. She started flying away and pulled out the eye screw in the trunk of the tree. When we left, the ranger was sitting on a cat carrier (repurposed as a vulture carrier…oh wait, a carrion-eater carrier???) waiting for her to decide to come down from the tree. Fortunately, she is imprinted on the visitor’s center and will not fly away. Unfortunately, she doesn’t come when called.

brat
brat

discomfort

where are we going where are you taking me isn’t it time for my breakfast what do you mean I have to meet some people first who are these people OMG there are a lot of them you know I hate people staring at me it makes me so uncomfortable I gotta get outta here CRAP forgot I was attached to the branch WHOOPS now I’m upside down HELP okay see I told you I don’t like to be here please take me back to my safe perch what was that sound who is that behind me what is that up in the air DAMN these people are loud and obnoxious I’m really not happy out here I’m hungry oh thank God you’re here is it time to go now I’m hungry what’s for breakfast did you save that delicious mouse for me please don’t make me do that again you know I am grumpy before breakfast

 

 

 

stupid people

 

why are we here?
why are we here?
what are you doing?
what are you doing?
you know I don't like people
you know I don’t like people
gotta get outta here
gotta get outta here
what is up there?
what is up there?
who are you?
stupid people

 

Pictures of red-tailed hawk taken at Soldier’s Delight in Baltimore, MD

No, you are not imagining things, I have changed the look of my blog, it was about time. Hope you like it!

 

 

Peekaboo

The kestrel

is a shy bird,

preferring to

look at you

from behind

branches

or out of the

corner of its eye

so as not to get the

full impact

of your visage.

throughout the branches
throughout the branches
shyness abounds
shyness abounds

Earth Day

-What exactly is  Earth Day? said the owl.

-Excuse me? I said. Did you just say something?

-Yes, he replied. I have heard that you two-legged beings are calling this particular day Earth Day. I’m not quite sure what that means. Perhaps you could clarify it for me. Does that mean that only one day of the year there is an earth?

-No no, I exclaimed. Of course there is an earth every day and night. But this is the day we honor the earth, pay it some extra attention and feel good about doing it. We have earth day parties and gatherings where we do something good for the earth, repair it in some way. It’s a celebration of this place we all live.

-I see, murmured the owl as he closed his eyes. One day a year you give thanks for everything the earth has to offer and try to fix everything bad you have done to it during the other 364 days. You two-legged beings really are wierd.

Barred owl
Barred owl

And with that he fell asleep.

asleep
asleep

frozen

Hey all you blog land peeps! I am super excited about some of my posts coming up, I spent Saturday morning taking pictures of owls, hawks and a particularly bratty vulture at a local bird sanctuary. It was through both the DC and Baltimore Photo Safaris and we had VIP treatment, being allowed to get up close and personal (well, getting within 6 feet) and taking pictures of these birds out in the woods instead of in their cages. It was fascinating to see them and to have lots of time to observe their markings and behaviors. We also received some instructions on how to best take pictures of the birds and I think a few of mine turned out really nicely. Of course I have a little hybrid Panasonic Lumix which can’t compare to the humongously huge lenses that one of the photo dudes was carrying around. I think the thing was bigger than my leg. I guess size does matter to some people. I’m sure he took fantastic pictures but I like to think that because I don’t have a great camera, I have to work harder to come up with decent photos and therein lies the artistry. Wanna debate that one???  🙂

So, now that I have whetted your appetite for birds, I’m gonna throw a curveball and start the week with a story/picture that’s been “dying” to be shown. If you will recall, about a week ago, we were happily enjoying real spring weather, the kind where the windows and doors get thrown open, the flowers actually get some color and the cherry trees start to explode. Then, WHAM, the temperatures plummeted and we were back to winter for a few days. That’s when I found this poor guy on the driveway:

 

Happily wriggling in

a puddle

left by the

torrent of rain

the worm

doesn’t notice

that he is

starting

to feel chilly

until it’s

too late

and

he’s permanently

frozen

into position.

frozen in mid-wriggle
frozen in mid-wriggle

pod

Sometimes the art I find in my daily life actually comes from my studio. Here is a picture of “Pod” the latest of a series of woven story baskets/vessels. The spines are steel and the weaving is sock yarn. To find out what is inside, and to see more details, click on the picture to go to my website…

Pod, full view
Pod, full view