It's that time of year, the time our attention is drawn to the renewal of spring. This time of year we're giddy about the retuning birds, planning and plotting our garden strategies, thumbing though plant catalogues or perhaps if you're the organized sort, you might be reviewing last years garden journal. Over the weekend, we dined with our friends in the mountains and over dinner they told us about the Jay that pays a visit each morning to eat peanuts given by hand. Face it we have birds on the brain.
* I mounted several felled agave blooms to the exterior walls of my garden which the birds use quite freely. They attract an amazing amount of guests to be viewed in plain sight. Sunday evening to my surprise, I was standing outside when a great horned owl silently landed on one just feet away and I enjoyed his shadow, silvered on one side by that great big moon.
Over the weekend I heard accounts from two of you who live along the central flyway to share with me the return of the geese and cranes. I love when you share your wildlife encounters and and keep me abreast at what's taking place where you live. Both of you said the same thing, "I opened my windows to listen"............you are my people! I would have done the same thing. A fantastic event, one to be embraced, one that most certainly would cause a heart swell. A swollen heart is a beautiful thing.
Late last spring while I was out hiking I found this! It is one of my most coveted treasures, a tail feather from the one known for the Red Tail. I gasped when I found it tangled in the undergrowth, a gift from the heavens.
I enjoyed some quality studio time and decided to band you this week by making a variety of feathers on silver bands. The bands are textured like the chaff in which the feathers lay, next to a silver pebble molted and discarded by fine feathered friends.
I spent some time perusing the pages of the like minded and decided I need more agastache in my life and if you can find a variety that wants to live where you live, I highly recommend you get some in your life too.
Bands will be landing here tomorrow, in the meantime have a most beautiful day my.......
snow, sun & rain birds
rare & strange birds
free birds and maybe even some jail birds