Archive for December, 2011

Photos of 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

I take many photographs during the year, and  the following are especially meaningful to me. Shot in my garden in Los Angeles, my father’s place in Maine, Palm Springs, Hudson, NY and New York City…Wishing you a very happy, healthy and laughter filled New Year 2012 :)

PALM SPRINGS

OUTSIDE THE BARN IN MAINE

MY FATHER’S BATHROBES-MAINE

FOUND ON A HIKE IN MAINE

COOKBOOK IN ECHO PARK

BICYCLE USED AS TRELLIS FOR CHERRY TOMATOES-LOS ANGELES GARDEN

BUNDLED HERBS ON TABLE AT AMANDA PAYS’S HOUSE-LOS ANGELES

SEEN IN HUDSON, NEW YORK

DRIED SUNFLOWER FROM MY GARDEN, LOS ANGELES

WHOLE FOODS SHOPPING  BAG RECYCLED AND REPURPOSED AS PARCEL PACKAGING-LOS ANGELES

ONE OF THE MANY MANTIDS IN MY GARDEN IN LOS ANGELES

FRESH WALNUTS + REUSABLE PRODUCE BAG

WHOLE SPICES-LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES-IN MY CLOSET

ECO FRIENDLY GIFT TAGS

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I rarely find gift tags that I like so this year, I decided to just make my own. Using a few blank kraft paper tags I had, and adding some recycled cardboard from the organic boxes of tea I drink and perhaps even parts of a box of Weetabix cereal, I cut them in different sizes. Using a couple of stamps, and a black ink pad, I stamped them first, and  when the ink was dry,  I used a hole puncher, punching larger holes for the chubbier ribbon to make it through. The ribbon is actually remnants I had saved for a rainy day.

I’m not bothered about the smudges

The ribbon remnants really dress up the tags

The Conference Of Birds

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
THE  CONFERENCE OF BIRDS 

 

Today when doves

echo in soft matching notes

coo coo   coo coo

 

that is me, writing.

 

when the woodpecker

batters his head

into the same tree

 

until the hole

is big enough

to stuff his acorn

 

or the thrasher

standing king-like in the madrone

his crass notes a rasp in spring air

 

that is me, writing.

 

when the hummingbird

makes his sky circles

with the loud pop at the bottom

 

that’s my exclamation!

 

my despair, the red-shouldered hawk

sawing the sky in half

with his screams———

 

kee-yer   kee-yer  KEE-YER

 

when the loud scolds of jays

greedily push at the feeder

knocking seeds from the stand

 

and the faint treble of California quail

cluck in the underbrush

shy and tentative……   chicago  chicago chicago

 

and even the rip sound

of the perigrine pulling

feathers from his kill

 

 

discarding, and selecting

 

 

when the mocker, boisterress with longing

jumps from his branch

in acrobatic turnings

 

and the warblers query

witchita  witchita witchita which?

glitter-flashes of gold in the oaks

 

when the violet-green swallows,

chi veet chi veet, sew the sky back together 

wih their darts and swoops

 

we are flaunting

scolding and cooing

show offs, saying

look at me, look at me .                             

 

-Wendy Wilder Larsen

 

BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF CALIFORNIA:

WOODPECKER

 

 

PERIGRINE

HUMMINGBIRD

 

QUAIL