Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This pair of Great Horned Owls were perched in a tree and calling to each other in our backyard last November. Their calls were not very loud, and they were less than 100 feet from the house when I made the recording, just as the last light of day was disappearing. A neighbor's dog was, unfortunately, much louder. You can still hear the owls on the video, though, and you can make out some of their head bobbing and movements, all of which must mean something to them. I hear the owls calling in the morning every now and then. I assume they're a mated pair and are probably going to nest somewhere nearby.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This is a reworking of the Quiscalus quiscula piece from October. I can't remember what Photoshop trips I clicked on to get something that looks like a grackle in a spaceship, but it does look like a grackle in a spaceship. Bill Hull sent me a photo last winter of a Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) drinking coffee in Costa Rica; I have no doubt that eventually members of Quiscalus will travel through space and time, probably surpassing human efforts. I have that much faith in grackles. The first Great-tailed Grackle I saw was in Cozumel. It was pecking at a dog lying by the side of a road. I thought the dog was dead, but it wasn't. Some tourists riding by on mopeds woke it up.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Notice how efficiently the Screech-Owl makes use of his environment, expertly blending in with the bark and leaves; in this manner the Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio) becomes one with the tree. "Owl, BE the tree." Folks, that's evolution! Remarkable.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The following should serve to clarify a number of items that have appeared on these pages over the past year.
Corrections and amputations:
Most of the modern city is temporary and will be redone over time
Court backs owl project
You can flight city hall
Six stores above queens
Moth lab discovered in garage
Man struck by blightening
Ugly spider web mars pleasant meadow
Have you ever heard the window sill, calling in the night?
My other bimbo is a limo
My limo moped
Sightly gash left on victim’s temple
Two weeks of lovely weather in Bangladesh
In case of rapture this car will be unwomyned
Spring truly pleasant in Baghdad
Neanderthals wanted for new trans-Caucasus mail routes
Suicide bomber leaves gash in temple, scores of victims
A scissor-tailed flycatcher is a beautiful bird of open grasslands dotted with trees
Shrubs and occasional fences, which are all convenient perches
She doth plucketh the harp o’er dewy fields to inviteth me to swing mine net there
Look for it atop the barbed-wire fence or the dead Osage Orange
God Made The World For You!
Tea Party applauds higher teacher salaries
But not you or you or you or him
Residents happy for increase in gun crimes
And definitely not her . . .
Massive coffee spill threatens lunch
Pols stir the pot of resentment
Pols freeze the leftover casserole of contentment
Do not fear the guard is here
Robin builds nest in silly location
My barista can beat up your sommelier
Female mail carrier is ‘pretty pretty,’ observes local man
Trees obscuring view of forest, claims state agency in charge of casino project
Raccoon struck by car ‘stupid’ to have crossed road in first place
Thai anti-government protesters ‘tie one on’: twelve killed
Tree kills drunk driver
I said shoot; I didn't say shoot
The Knights of Columbus like to wear funny hats and carry swords
They protect Mary from Catholics and Irish
You think that is a secret, but it never has been one
Minor birds; major fleas
Moa more than never
Man on mower screams for guns
What is the enharmonic equivalent to a liver at flood stage?
A Great-tailed Grackle drinking coffee
Is it racist to say that all of North Korea’s leaders look like Elvis impersonators?
The King and the King of Kings shaking hands in a black velvet painting
Monday, March 22, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
The top stonefly is roughly 10mm in length, not counting the antennae. The bottom stonefly is about 5mm in length, not counting antennae or tails.
I hope to key out the stoneflies properly in the next few days and send them on to someone who knows more about them. The Ohio Biological Survey used to have a collecting program for winter stoneflies. Perhaps they still do. Here's a link to an article about Ohio River Plecoptera that has some information about winter stoneflies.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is an attempt to make something that looks like a quilt. Each photo was carefully hand stitched into place, in a manner of speaking; the weaving on top of and behind the photos is also handmade, after a fashion. I don't know how to sew, so the handmade stitches around the photos are what I imagine it would look like if I were to get a hold of a needle and thread.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The basic shapes are a reversed ampersand, an "S," a backslash, and some dots. The effects are computer manipulated, and this was the fourth version. Thus the clever parenthetical title "Take 4." A few days after I did this, I was talking with a friend who also happens to be a sculptor, and he mentioned that he likes working with metal because it's hands-on and doesn't involve sitting down and running something through Photoshop. Hmmm . . . sounds a lot like what I do, albeit I don't use Photoshop. I use something much cheaper. I started thinking about using my limited art and handwriting "skills" (quote marks indicating sarcasm in this case) and to try to avoid relying so much on computer manipulation, although that's still fun to do. I wanted to do things that were more hands-on, if not hand made. Like something quilters or fiber artists might make, for instance.
Next time I'll trot out a couple visual poetry virtual quilts that use the above thingy with items from my collection of bad photos of odd insects.