Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cassini Mission: a short film

A short film that sequences photos taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during it's Saturn fly-by.

Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-IV compliments the spectacle.

Brilliant work by Chris Abbas.

Monday, June 13, 2011

the gardener's gin and tonic

Hendrick's Gin contains essences of rose pedals and cucumber, and goes well with tonic and a cucumber slice - of which I just so happen to have a fresh backyard-grown supply. Yum!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

baby birds

Our backyard is alive with new families!

Sparrow condos facing our bird paradise
Here are some sparrow condos I made out of old fence-board last winter. We watch them come and go all day. When they return you can hear the babies inside.

no vacancy
They are some prime real estate, close to food and water. There is no vacancy.

baby sparrow on the fence
A baby sparrow sits atop the fence with unsure feet.

a baby sparrow checks out what all the fuss is about - peanut butter!
Same baby sparrow perched on a pot hanger looking into what all the fuss is about, and discovers peanut butter!

A young inca dove family sticks together
A family of inca dove sticking close in the shade.

baby grackle getting attention
Baby grackle getting fed. Me! Me! Me! is the sound they make.

mockingbird found a nice hidden spot for her next nest
This mockingbird is busy making her next nest in the tangle where our climbing rose meets the crossbeam of the arbor.

mockingbird making a new nest
She peeks out while arranging sticks.

Friday, June 3, 2011

the lion, the grass, and the gazelle

In the garden, the gazelle eats at the cost of the grass, and the lion eats at the cost of the gazelle.

Lion Attacking Gazelle

And all of them need water.

painting "Lion Attacking Gazelle" by Olaf C. Seltzer