back to nature

January 10, 2021  •  6 Comments

There are times in all of our lives that require more than a little pondering and perspective.  I suspect this week was one of those for many Americans and others across the globe.  Thousands upon thousands of photographs and videos were shot during the storming of the Capitol, arrests have been made, soul searching is happening on many levels, and there are calls for accountability.  There is little I can personally do at this point, other than support the country in any way possible, and continue to show the importance of art and education, and the planet on which we live.  It is the least I can do, and go back to nature in this week's blog.

A stray feather - perhaps from an owl or a hawk - appeared in a pile of leaves several weeks ago.  I would look at it on the way out to watering plants or hanging laundry.  It was a beauty.  Simple grey/brown and white stripes, with wonderful edges.  It kept calling and when that happens, photography happens.  Here it is on sandstone dusted with snow.

On the water's edge...

...and on ice

Here are two shots that reveal the feather's design.


Now it shows off the skill of a Zimbabwean basket maker.


Thanks to Barbara F. R., Dave O., Char, Terry T., Jean and Sam, Lisa, Earle, Wayne, Christina, Dianne, and Steve for your beautifully crafted and thoughtful comments on last week's blog.  

until next Monday,


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Wow chica! I, too, am a feather admirer. These photos knoci me out!
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Yes, nice feather. All of our birds love to show us their feather beauty and designs.
We have so many.

Hoping for a better 2021.
Louise Watkins(non-registered)
So good to always be uplifted by your thoughts and photos. What happened was truly tragic and sad.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Thanks for taking us back nature. We needed it. You've expressed the wonder of the natural world in the simplest of subjects and this variety of backdrops. I particularly like the refection in water and the Zimbabwean basket. The intricacy of the basket and the feather are perfect partners. The feather would be pair beautifully with one of Fred's rugs especially one with undyed grays.
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
The perfection, simplicity and beauty of one feather in contrast to the horrific events of the week. A call to rally our country forcthe preservation of Mother Nature’s beauty and gifts in order that we may survive.
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