Monday, October 23, 2017

Creatures Take Garbo's Cue: Part Two



As you may recall, dear reader, this past September I had the privilege of meeting Jewel, the white Muscovy duck seen in the images atop this entry, where she is in the company of a Mallard duck and  an array of pigeons.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A View From The Hood




The avian creatures featured within all the images included in this blog entry belong to the bird type known as a Khaki Campbell duck.

Friday, October 20, 2017

In Honor of the Recently Departed Tom Petty (b 10-20-1950 - d 10-2-2017)



The You Tube video featured above features an animated version of Tom Petty, for which he did the voice-over. Petty was born on this day of October 20th in 1950. Mr. Petty passed from this life eighteen days ago on October 2, 2017. This blog posting is in honor of his memory.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Here's Thursday's Tale for October 19th 2017 (Not Quite a Swan Song BUT....)



Many thanks to Jignasha Thakkar for taking the photos atop this posting. Her images feature a swan whom we encountered in Island Park (which is on Long Island in New York), after spending part of an October afternoon on Long Beach on the Saturday (10-7) before last.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Heeding the Insights of Mary Oliver Wednesday's Wisdom (WW)


It has been twelve days since I took this picture (above) of a female cardinal (one of Cam's daughters) who was casting her gaze in a very specific manner, as she wrapped her feet around the branches of a tree known by the name of Acer palmatum ('Shisitatsu' Sawa), which grows in my urban garden.

The long lens on my camera, along with a large monitor which is attached to my computer, allowed me to take notice of how this bird used her legs, ankle, and feet, in order to secure this vantage point for a better view of what she was looking at.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday's Truths For The Sixty-Fourth Week: Facts RE Herring & Ring-billed Gulls


It's week sixty-four for my Tuesday's Truths series; and as you may recall, dear reader, in this past Tuesday's posting (10-10), I mentioned that on the first Saturday of October, which was October seventh, I had finally been able to make a trip to Long Beach (which is on Long Island in New York).

Moreover, I have published a followup entry to that post (10-14), where I discussed some of the seagulls who I had seen bathing in the Atlantic Ocean on that beach day. In this aforementioned blog post, I promised to use my then forthcoming Tuesday's Truths entry to discuss a few other facts that I had learned re seagulls as a result of my recent trip to the beach, and so without further ado...

The seagull seen in the picture atop this entry, where the creature is preening, is a shorebird whom I encountered on that October afternoon. I've done some research since that time and my understanding  from reading a number of seagull related/themed articles and web-pages; the variety pictured here is known as a Herring Gull.

Monday, October 16, 2017

In Honor of Oscar Wilde On His Day of Birth (10-16-1854)


Oscar Wilde was born on this born on this day of October 16th in 1854. I've written about him in prior entries here on Blogger, including a post where I included one of my favorite Wilde quotes, which is, “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's the Feast of Teresa of Ávila


Today's the Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Ávila. In bygone years I've written about her in entries published here on Blogger. I especially appreciate her comparison to gardening and the process of prayer which I discussed in my 2011 post.

In last year's post I included the same image which is atop this entry, and, as of today, I have nothing else to add to what I've written about her in the past. Therefore, I'm reiterating what I stated last year: I invite you to refer to my posts re Saint Teresa of Ávila as a way of learning more about this saint on her feast day.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Splish Splash Seagulls Were Taking a Bath! (Saturday's Sequel Re 10/7/2017's Beach Day)

 





This past Tuesday, in my entry here on Blogger, I discussed a few things related to the visit I made to Long Beach (on Long Island) last Saturday. However,I did not mention a unique (to me) sighting that I observed when I was there, which was my seeing seagulls bathing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Post In Honor of International Skeptics Day (Holiday occurring 10-13-2017 & 1-13-2018)


Today is Friday the Thirteenth; and as you may recall, dear reader, from my previous postings here on Blogger, there are some folks who suffer from a case of Friggatriskaidekaphobia on this day. The "ailment" called Friggatriskaidekaphobia is associated with the fear of being born on Friday the Thirteenth.

If knowing that someone is afflicted with Friggatriskaidekaphobia makes you skeptical, dear reader, you've picked the right day to feel this way for October thirteenth, which is today, happens to be International Skeptics Day, which is also celebrated on January the thirteenth.

According to cute-calendar.com; this unofficial holiday "celebrates true facts and the exposal of wrong ones by being skeptic and asking the right questions."

This aforementioned web-page also states the following:

"Being skeptic does not exactly mean to not believing anything but to always keep in mind that things could also be different than the way they seem. Scrutinizing things instead of always accepting them can lead to brand-new insights."

Living creatures are not the only ones known to be skeptical. The figurine featured in the image above (where she is spending some of her time within my indoor succulent garden), certainly looks skeptical to me, so I've given her the name Lady Skeptic. If she looks familiar to you, it may be due to the fact that you recognize her her face as I've featured her in prior entires here on Blogger that discuss Halloween.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: "When this old world starts getting me down," I can rarely go "up on the roof" (and now Juan can't either)!


This past Thursday (October 5th, 2017), Juan V came to do his magic in my rooftop garden; and he took the photograph posted atop this entry. As you can see, it's beginning to look a lot like autumn in my garden. The foliage on my Continus Coggygria (Smokey Bush), indicated by the number one in the photo below, as well as the foliage on my Avellana corylus (Contorted Hazel Nut), which is indicated by the number two; and the foliage on my Crabapple Tree (indicated by the number three) are beginning to wear their autumn colors.

The circle affixed to the aforementioned image is indicating Juan's shadow as he photographs my garden from the rooftop of the building where I live.


Juan has been taking aerial views of my garden on a bi-monthly basis (during the growing season) since the year 2010. In order to do this, he has to climb up a ladder that is my hallway and thrust open a latch which leads to the building's rooftop.