Sunday, February 28, 2010

When it comes

As the third rock from our Sun hurtles through space, tilting once again on its axis to soak up the rapidly approaching warmth, my mind spins too.
The latest trip around the Sun, full of so many pages like a book.

And dispersed through my book, like chapter plates, the birds I love and respect, who also await the warmth from under a dusting of snow:
Sylvester disapproves of snow

The last of the food supply with a skin of ice
Macro icy crabapple

gives way to moss and the antennae it throws out:
Moss thingies

A rare blue in a flower unfurls and reaches out with fairy toes dipped in colored sugars:
Bluest blue flowers

A new generation will be born in a cup of softness from fur that I lovingly collected for months:
Titmouse and dog hair

When the dogwood throws itself open in a thousand tiny glories,
Sunlight through dogwood

fierceness gets a new face:
Meet your new sister

When it comes, the ice will fracture and our hearts and minds can expand once again, to ride the next trip around the Sun.

When it comes, I can sing again.
Lorelei Hooper Flower

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Big Red

A male cardinal visited my car today, while I was in it...
I thought he was just showing territory aggression, but after observing him for a while, I wonder if he was just in love with my car.


Very little crest-raising, very little battling the mirror image...


He spent a lot of time at the corner of the windshield, and made motions like he was drinking.
Looking for liquid water?

Interestingly, he occasionally tapped on the glass, then preened that bald spot on his chest.
He did this multiple times.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Good rule of thumb: Don't do anything stupid* around me.

*Especially when you are in a work truck, making it extremely easy for me to tell on you. Because I WILL.

Hello everyone! I'm back, and with a story to share.
I saw a flock of ring-billed gulls in the Kmart parking lot, so I thought I would grab some lunch and go over and sit with the gulls while I ate.
While I was sharing my french fries with the flock, two different people came by and dumped huge amounts of bread and whatnot for the gulls. (Now I know why they congregate there) This was done in a furtive fashion, as if they didn't want anyone to know that they were doing it.

One of the gulls caught my eye as being different than the others. One foot dangled uselessly from his leg.
broken foot

The general floppiness and the color of it told me that this was probably a dead foot and this poor dude wouldn't make it. I actually, briefly wondered if I could catch him and take him to a rehabber.

foot close up

I came to my senses. This was a flighted bird, and I had no net.

This particular bird made me laugh out loud.
parking lot camo gull
He was ruling the parking lot with his head-throwing and bullying. I was enjoying all of the vocalizations...the typical 'gull' cries, weird gruff moaning, some very eerie chuckling...And check the camo...gulls are well suited for parking lots, at least in their first few years, aren't they?

I set the camera to "Video" to capture all the cool sounds.
(Some people hate I hate house sparrows. To each his own. Personally, I love gulls)

As the camera ran, a truck came barreling into the shot, scattering the gulls. I followed with my eyes instead of the camera...a township truck had intentionally tried to hit the flock of gulls.
I just sat there with my mouth hanging open.
I snapped out of it and used my binoculars to read the number on the truck and to get a physical description of the driver (he had parked and gone into Kmart).
So here I was, with not only his truck number and what he looked like, I HAD VIDEO EVIDENCE of what he did.
Hmmm...what's a girl to do?
I emailed his boss at the township headquarters.
It felt good. Oh yes it did.

Look for yourself:

But let's take the birds out of the equation. He is still driving diagonally across an active parking lot at about 40 mph.
I am awaiting a response. And I will be certain to share that response with you.