How to make it just one more day?
My questions are infinite but the facts are plain. They walked barefoot in the snow and gave the best they had to give.
Last night while riding my bike down Telegraph in Oakland I looked up and saw an absolutely giant shooting star. I thought somewhere in the back of my mind I was forgoing moments like that by moving to a big city. It was a nice reminder that not all is as it seems and indeed once in a while you can get shown an actual light in the strangest of places.
You just need to look up.
Today I woke up with three goals.
I’m grateful for these opportunities to explore and enjoy.
Wake up to find out that you are the Owls of the World…
Another map and new birds learned for it. One thing I really enjoy with making these maps are the amount I learn about each bird from each region. Getting lost in the books and maps, studying color and detail and letting my imagination fill in the gaps.
I mapped these owls from a chair in Oakland California, the only thing close to an owl around is a plastic decoy I bought on amazon for $10 to entertain myself (and my niece via video chat).
I was able to find the owls with the great aid of a wonderful book of owl portraits. “Beautiful Owls, Portraits of arresting species.” by Marianne Taylor and Andrew Perris. via Ivy Press.
It’s a really a wonderful book that anyone who fancies owls should have. From studying for an art project or just simply to be amazed by their beauty it’s a spectacular book that brings these absolutely incredible and mysterious birds from every corner of the earth to your hands.
I almost forgot to tell you who’s Hoo….(see what I did there?)
North America: Snowy Owl
South America: Magellan Horned Owl
Europe: Tawny Owl
Africa: African Wood Owl
Asia: Western Siberian Eagle Owl
I had a delightful afternoon of painting owls and laughing at my own jokes.
My jokes, like when I put the Nashville and the Tennessee Warblers on the same page, this map was begging for the largest owl of each region…..right?
Or better, what to do with them when you get home. (If it stayed in the basket).
I picked up this map then I learned about some new-to-me warblers from every continent (besides that super cold one). And I put them to page one after another. It was a nice Sunday afternoon of records on the old Victrola and the window open for the wind to get in and make some pages dance.
Oh and for you folks keeping score at home:
1. Asia: Lanceolated Warbler
2. Australia: Spectacled Warbler
3. North America: Yellow-Rumped Warbler
4. South America: Rufous-Capped Warbler
5. Europe: Grasshopper Warbler
6. Africa: Melodious Warbler