Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Felt - "Iceland 2010"

I was busy in the studio last Saturday and really enjoyed making this piece of felt that was inspired by the recent eruption of the volcano in Iceland. The left image shows how my wool looked before I felted it. I laid down several colors of my hand-dyed merino wool, along with wool nubs that I dyed and added for texture. I am so delighted with the finished work, seen on the right, The finished size is about 11 inches square. I plan to frame this in a shadowbox frame, like my other felt pieces. Slowly but surely, I am building up a body of work that I can submit to galleries for a possible one person exhibition. I plan to make another piece of felt, but larger in scale. So, please visit soon for the next in this series.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Baby Cardinals, April 10

Baby Cardinals, April 10, originally uploaded by pvt_waldo.

Here is a picture courtesy of the online camera I am following of the Cardinal nest in San Antoni, Texas. They are only 3 days old!!!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

My new online interest - Live Bird Cameras!!!

Many of you who know me are aware that I am an avid bird watcher. Last week I discovered that Ustream.com has numerous live cameras of birds nesting, all around the United States.

My all time favorite has to be The Owl Box, in San Marcos, California. This live video cam shows the life of Molly, a Barn Owl, and her four owlets. I have learned so much about the daily life of a Barn Owl and the raising of little owlets. Watching each of them grow, day by day, developing in size and new habits has been a very rewarding experience, and sometimes very comical.

Carlos and Donna, the owners of this camera, are to be commended for their interaction with local elementary schools and educating the children on the lives of Barn Owls.

There are recorded videos for anyone to watch and see the earlier stages of Molly and her family. If you are real lucky, you might even see McGee, the dad, arrive with some dinner for the pantry, such as mice, moles, possum and rabbits. Check it out! You'll love it!

A few others I am following are:
Cardinal family in San Antonio, Texas, with thee newly hatched babies
Osprey in Brewster, Massachusetts, building their nest
Eagles in New Jersey
Eagles in California