Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that served no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art." -Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All
The birds in the above photos are not mockingbirds of course, but I couldn't resist sharing a Tom Robbins quote with you after having talked about him in my last post. As for the actual birds in the photos, you're looking at some geese and a little hummingbird. I have yet to be successful in catching a hummingbird in flight; those little buggers are quick! But admit defeat I have not! Whether or not I get the money shot I'm looking for, the birds are certainly fun to watch. Are you guys doing any bird watching this summer?
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Happy Sunday my friends! Are you smiling today? I sure am! I'm smiling because I'm posting this from my new home on the lake! My grandma and I now have internet, woot woot! (Although, to be honest, I didn't mind having to "un-hook" from my computer and cell phone for a little bit as a break! But it's good to be back!)
And do you see that awesome lamp?! I'm still smiling about how cool it is. I saw some similar lanterns in an antique store recently and wondered if I (ok, let's be honest again- if my dad) could rig it up with a light bulb for a lamp. I mentioned the idea to my dad and he asked if I had seen the old lanterns that my grandma has right here in this house! My dad took one of them, and in no time transformed it into that awesome lamp for me! We think the lantern belonged to my great-grandfather. How cool is that? I'll tell you- REALLY cool. What could be cooler? I'll tell you- The fact that my great-grandfather's lantern (with a slight upgrade from my father) is sitting on a nightstand that my grandfather built. Super cool. But I am a sucker for sentimentality.
I'm also a sucker for a foggy scene. The fog over the lake yesterday morning was just beautiful. I think I want to say that fog has a bit of an ethereal quality to it. (Or maybe I want to say that because the word "ethereal" was just recently on jeopardy?) At any rate, I like how fog comes in all light and delicate, transforming the scenery into something more magical, and leaves just about as lightly and delicately as it came, almost unnoticeable.
What's been making you smile lately?