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Thursday, April 29, 2010

great blue heron rookery

We met friends in Northampton, Mass and they took us to Arcadia Audubon Sanctuary to see the great blue heron rookery. Each nest you see in the trees had a heron sitting in it. As we watched more herons flew in and out, we probably saw at least 15 to 20.

If you look closely at this picture, in the bottom nest, on the left and facing left is the head of a great blue heron.

Here's one who got up to stretch.

There was a lone Canada goose sitting on a possible nest right on top of a beaver lodge.

Another birder was there and alerted us to a great-horned owl nest (they had taken over one of the heron nests). The adults were out but the owlets were visible.
Here's my attempt at taking a picture of the owlets. They are the tan, fuzzy looking blobs off to the right in the center of the picture.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Smithsonian Craft Show - I'm back!

The Smithsonian Craft Show was a long show with a Wednesday night preview party and four long days after that. Attendance was very good, lots of interest in my work and I made some good sales! My new pod pieces and wall pieces were really popular and that's always nice.
Here's my booth at the show.

My favorite piece sold and has a good home!

There is no better place to have a show than at the National Building Museum in DC. It is an amazing building, the columns are huge, there's a fountain and great architecture both inside and out. And I had time to visit some museums.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Birding and packing for Smithsonian


I went back to Herrick's Cove this morning to see what birds were out. Saw the Eurasian green-winged teal along with 18 American green-winged teals. I didn't take these pictures, they're from Webshots, a photo sharing website. My picture of the Eurasian teal looked like a blur with a white horizontal line. The horizontal white line is what distinguishes the Eurasian from our American green-winged teal (he has a vertical white line, see pic below).

Green Winged Teal

Then I returned home and packed up the Element with my baskets, ready to leave tomorrow morning for the Smithsonian Craft Show, held at the National Building Museum in DC. SmithsonianCraftShow

This afternoon my neighbor Ron called and wanted to go to Brattleboro to find the vesper sparrow that was sighted yesterday and again today. So off we went and met up with our 2 favorite birders to join forces and we found the vesper! A lifer for Ron and I! I took this slightly out of focus shot but you can see the white eye ring which is one of the field marks of this sparrow.

A great start to the week!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monk Parakeets

After I set up my booth for CraftBoston on Thursday, I hustled over to the Bremen Street Park in Boston near the airport. The first thing I saw was the huge stick nest the parakeets were building high up on a telephone pole. Then as I watched the nest, the 2 monk parakeets flew in and out with sticks and twigs. They would fly inside and weave the stick into the nest (just like making a basket). How cool that was to see!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I'm heading to Boston tomorrow to do the Craft Boston show! CraftBoston
I've got lots of new work so if you're in the area stop by.

The Society of Arts & Crafts presents CRAFTBOSTON 2010. The show will take place April 9 – 11, 2010 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. CRAFTBOSTON is the premiere New England exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The shows will feature 200 of the most outstanding artists of our time,showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.
Additionally, CRAFTBOSTON features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a book seller, an educational lecture series, tours for guests who are blind and visually impaired and other special interest groups, and informational booths promoting non-profit craft organizations.