September 26, 2013 § 1 Comment
This time I am showing off someone else’s creation, depicting a familiar friend of mine.
The photo below is a representation of an original pastel on monotype by Sylvia Gonzalez, a very talented artist from Petaluma who’s work has been a favorite of mine for about 12 years. I didn’t even know she did this one until a little pic came via email a few days ago. Yes, that is my dog, Bodie. This time, I am showing off a work of art featuring my dog while she is still with me, alive and well, hopefully for many years to come.
I just want to say thank you to Sylvia and to anyone who hasn’t seen her spirited, creative, and of course beautiful work, (not just dogs, albeit a favorite theme of mine, but of many natural subjects ) please drop in to her website at sylviagonzalez.com.
What a lovely tribute to a very good dog!
- More of Sylvia’s work. . .
August 13, 2013 § 2 Comments
Three reasons to love the fair for me. I actually went, for the first time ever, which was fun, as I not only took fun fair pics mostly of lights and rides in motion after dark, but because I spent a few hours photographing butterflies at the Butterfly Experience tent. What a wonderful opportunity to capture these beauties with relative ease.
I also entered 3 photographs in a juried competition for photographers, and was pleasantly surprised that all 3 images received ribbons!
May 28, 2013 § 2 Comments
Hey Little Night Heron,
I am so so so sorry I didn’t keep you safe, somehow, some way, last week when you left the safety of your home in the Eucalyptus tree. I watched you wander around the street and grass next to it; I stood in the road to make the cars pay attention, slow down. I should have done more, little guy. I never should have stepped out of the road, never should have trusted the character of the driver who killed you. He was going slow, seemed to be attentive, but when I stepped back he did what I find unthinkable.
Did you see the tires begin to turn more quickly, did you see them angle towards you all of a sudden, or were you mercifully unaware you were about to be cruelly and senselessly murdered?
I think you were gone and didn’t hear me either, but in case you were still writhing in agony, your feathered body broken beyond repair, I apologize for the screams and the angry shouts, the swearing, the sobs. No one should die in such chaos, the fading light of their world filled with dark, hot anger. I am so sorry.
I let you down, my friend, and though I didn’t know you I still cry for you. Forever young. And never forgotten.
Rest in Peace,
April 13, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Where would we be without birds? I never want to find out. Sonoma county is blessed with many species of birds, and on April 28th we have the opportunity to celebrate them, while helping out a great organization and spending time with family and friends.
The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, CA is opening its doors to the public for the First Annual Festival of Feathers on April 28, 2013, 11am – 4pm.
This open house is for everyone, held at the facilities where birds of prey rehab and groups of young children learn all about our native birds.
from birdrescuecenter.org website:
Guests will be wowed by opportunities for up-close encounters with the Center’s resident birds of prey, which will include a variety of owls, falcons and hawks. Kids of all ages will enjoy a selection of fun and educational activities. Appetizers, snacks, desserts and wines representing Sonoma County’s finest will be available. A silent auction and raffle with items and services offered by wonderful local artists and businesses will be offered.
This place does awesome work and needs all the interest and support it can get.
Bird Rescue Center
3430 Chanate Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
The Bird Rescue Center’s rehabilitation hospital and offices are located in the North East Santa Rosa area at 3430 Chanate Road, just east of Sutter Hospital.
February 27, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Seems I haven’t written about my dog, Bodie, for quite awhile. She accompanied me on my trip to the desert in December, and we had a great time. That dog loves to romp through snowdrifts! Alas, she also has arthritis and the cold and extra effort didn’t help her mobility at all. My dog is officially lame, and after trying Legend for 3 weeks with no change we are going for the “Rimadyl, herbal supplements, and JD Prescription Diet” Strategy. This worked wonders for Sydney so I am hoping Bodie will be more like Sydney in this respect than she has been in most others.
Bodie still has the cutest smile and great freckles and a wonderfully even personality so it’s not all bad. I just want her to be in less pain, and be able to hike with me more this Spring and Summer.
January 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Last week while your were celebrating Christmas (or going to the movies, what our Jewish family did on December 25th, or however you spent that day) I was already down in the Mojave region of California, visiting the sights.
There are a lot of things to see down there, and I saw a few of them. So steal this trip, you won’t be sorry…
Notable sights on the itinerary:
Mojave, CA, Death Valley National Park, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Randsburg ( a semi ghost town with tons of personality) Owens Valley, Alabama Hills, views of Mt Whitney and friends, Mono Basin and Mono Lake, all the lovely little towns along route 395 like Olancha, Big Pine, Lone Pine, Independence, Bishop, Bridgeport…
The heavy storms overnight on Christmas filled Owens Lake with snow and ice, and the mountain ranges as you approach Death Valley were decorated with striations of white. It was very cold and breathtaking. A perfect sunrise experienced from the snow capped boulders of the Alabama Hills, with Mt Whitney blazing pink and orange as the sun emerged over the mountains to the east was heartbreaking and unforgettable.
Do this trip. Do it in the winter. You will not be sorry. Steal it now.