Saturday, January 23, 2016

The simplicity of still life photos reminds me to practice stillness.

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When Least Expected

Been trying to catch a hawk in the wild for months.
Looked out the kitchen window and there it was
enjoying a breakfast entree.
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
Field Marks
Juvenile Streak Pattern: Heavy, bold, reddish streaks on chest and belly.
Note: This field mark applies to juvenile-plummaged birds only. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

A Tropical Plant Reflects

A tropical plant reflects on summer days outside in the sun.
'Through the window, I saw the beautiful world outside: 
the sky, the sun. 
How I longed to return to it!' ---unknown

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This Week's Willy Nilly 012216

No. 1 - Came upon these in a sparsely populated area of our county.
I believe it is a drop-off location for rural newspaper delivery drivers.

No. 2 - Inspiration from Color
Inspirational words associated with the color green: 
Growth, Harmony, Stability, Hope, Healing & Balance, Peace

No. 3 - One of our resident Cardinals
He sat there for about 20 min.; never ate; 
I think he was stood-up by a dinner date.


No. 4 - A new business in town. 
It's B.Y.O.B. and they provide Brushes for painting a picture. 
My reaction: could produce alot of abstracts.

No. 5 - A little winter Texture
Snow Mortar

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

No Worries

My favourite this week.
Clipped this little sweetie from my collage of Monday
wearing his down jacket.

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Fun Friday Favourites

Fenced In

Railing: A fence-like barrier.

 Lakeside restaurant closed for the season.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wildbird Wednesday 012016

House Finch - Titmouse - Junco - Female Cardinal - Male Cardinal

How do birds―especially the little delicate guys like chickadees and titmice―survive the single-digit temperatures and whipping winds of winter?
It turns out that birds (even the little guys) aren’t so delicate after all, and they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeve (uh, wing), too.
Their first layer of defense against the cold is their outer-most one: feathers. There’s a good reason why people love down-filled winter coats―feathers are fantastic insulation.
“Feathers are incredibly specialized structures that serve many purposes including, for many species, keeping them warm,” says 
“Birds’ feathers provide remarkable insulation against the cold, and the oil that coats feathers also provides waterproofing, which is important since the only thing worse than being cold, is being cold and wet,” Peter Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures 011916

Thanks to Tom, after many many years I finally took the time to have a close look at this family treasure. 
Up until now its been a bit utilitarian.
I use it store old photos which seems appropriate.

Research tells me this is a Wood and Pressed Tin 
Antique Dome Top Trunk 
Tin Floral Design in Black n Blue, Victorian Lithographs
circa late 1800s - early 1900s
the decorative hardware is imprinted with pat mark - 1880
the center lock is imprinted - Yale Towne Mfg. - Stamford Conn USA

To our family it will always be Aunt Maggie's Trunk
(see more about my spinster great aunt 
who homesteaded from SW Virginia to NE Oregon 
around 1903 below)
P.S. Maggie was Mary, the horse trader's (thanks TexWis)
(from last week's post), daughter.
The bottom is a little scraped but solid 
and the metal rollers work smoothly.

One lock and two latches (no key)
Three compartments
I suspect there was a removable tray at one time.

Victorian stickers on inside

You can read more about 'Aunt Maggie' on my other blog 
(which I have been neglecting)

click here Venturous Woman

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Mellow Yellow 011816

First puzzle of the winter season completed.
Reminding me of things to come in Spring.

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Winter Boredom?

A little bored and playing with my camera.

A favorite vase.
Lying on its side.

 From the top.

Serving its purpose.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Archive 011716

Had to dig into the archives this week.
A nondescript barn representative of many barns located on a hillside in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania.
Note the exposed gas line; not uncommon.
Is it corn crib or chicken coop or other type of animal pen
in the background?
This video is not in my immediate area but is a great look at the world I live in and includes several barns.

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