Sunday, June 27, 2010

Around the Patio

I have the most awesome patio!  I love to sit out in the evenings, catching the wonderful light play as the sun goes down.  Mornings bring the birds to the fountain and deer, antelope, bunnies, ducks and birds to the feeder.

Now,  I'm seriously considering starting a petition.  I have 2 bird books ( Ok, I have 3, but one is very old) and you'd think this would be an easy job to tell you the names of our birds!  I simply want them to start wearing name tags.  They don't need to be large name tags, I'd be OK with having to use my binoculars to read them.  Just that there are name tags.  That will be my petition:  A Demand for Birds to Wear Name Tags.  Today's birds are easy, but I have several I'm wondering about.

It's not easy to get a good shot of the antelope, but this one is one of my best. This is taken from inside of the house, through the patio door and unfortunately you have to see through the fence!  You can see his horns, they've grown a lot in the short time we've had these beautiful animals.  The 1st spiral of his horns is starting to be apparent.  Aren't the size of their eyes are amazing?  I've not tried walking outside with the camera yet, I want them to be more used to coming this close in to the patio.
 antelope 1
This is one of my best hummingbird pictures that shows details of the coloring of our hummers.  I don't know what kind this is-- did I mention my two 3 bird books? I see no bright or distinguishing colors on them, mostly  brown, but this shot shows that clear light colored band under the neck.  If any one knows the name of this, please let me know!  Can you see how helpful name tags would be?
hummingbird 1
Our house finches are  brilliantly colored. They stay here all year.  These photos were taken a few days ago and the finches joined with Painted Buntings to drink.
birdbath 1
A second Painted Bunting joined in:
birdbath 4 
This side shot shows his many colors and I love how the sun was hitting that bright yellow spot.
birdbath 3 birdbath 2  
The fountain is near the side of the patio and birds line up on the fence before they fly in.  They  fly back and forth from the fence to the fountain. We can get quite a group hanging out.
birds on fence

Now to another subject - all things Space!  Bob has an awesome blog  - Black Holes and Astro Stuff.  His post yesterday will give you many wonderful links to explore.  He has cool info about Astro Stuff, great photos.  I love it, thank you Bob!  
DSC_0015resizedIt looks like they're ready to get back to normal again. 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blowing the dust off!

I'm blowing the dust off of my blog!  I had family visiting and totally left my blog to gather dust.  Ok, well, I left it for an extra week! I've enjoyed family, San Antonio, the awesome Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, the Witte Museum, the San Antonio River Walk, La Villita, a little shopping and some great coffee shops! 

I'll be back soon, I promise.  I've had maintenance work done in my studio and I'm cleaning up from that.  The new great lighting will be awesome when I get back to my easel in a day or 2 -   Stay tuned!
Jean