Friday, September 14, 2012

Follow-Up for Friday: NOT JUST FOR THE BIRDS!

September 2011
September 2012
These images could easily have been in a bygone feature in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, where the reader was asked to note changes between very similar pictures that were taken moments apart with slight changes; or, one of the two pictures was altered; and, in either case, the task for the reader was to "test" his/her powers of observation by noticing the differences between the two images. For instance in one picture, a person would be wearing plain socks; in the other he/she would be wearing socks with stripes. In other words, the differences were very subtle.
However, the situation with the very similar pictures which I've posted here is that, while they are both aerial views of my urban garden, they were taken almost exactly one year apart, and many changes have occurred in my garden since a year's time, when the photo at the top of this entry was taken. I posted this particular image on TLLG' Facebook Page on 9-11-12 with great reservation, for it was the eleventh anniversary of the Nine Eleven terrorist attacks, and, out of respect for that solemn day, I did not want to go into details about my garden.  

But, much to my surprise, I received a comment stating, “What a wonderful gift that a garden grows (where) once such pain and loss and tragedy in this city occurred, rebirth.” Another response to this same image was, Thank you for this look into the individual lives of those who died on 9/11. I took a few moments to honor them. I bet Josh enjoyed your garden.” 

The latter comment was referring to a link that I included (in my 9-11-12 FB posting), to a blog entry which told the "back story" of this image, and it is one that you may recall, dear reader, from a prior posting here on blogger (in September of 2011), which you may refer to by clicking here.

In any event, this past Tuesday, September the Eleventh 2012, also happened to be the day Juan V came for his every-ten-days-appointment to work in my garden, and after he finished working he took an aerial view of it, which can be seen in the second image at the top of today's blog entry.

A couple of the most obvious changes in these garden images is the absence of both my Japanese Larch (Larix Kaempferi) and my Physocarpus opulifolius (Coppertina). I've indicated (in the second image) where they were placed in my garden by adding a circle and an arrow to Juan's image. (The arrow in the top image is not referring to anything specific growing here, rather it's pointing out — excuse the pun — the view which the image's back story refers to.)

Be that as it may, the circle, in the second image indicates where my Japanese Larch was placed when she first moved into my gardenShe had lived in a container in various parts of my garden, but in the image from last year, at the top of today's entry, she can be seen in the upper right-hand corner alongside the square container which houses my other larch.

However, as many of you that read this blog (or follow TLLG's FB Page and tumblr entries) might recall, my Japanese Larch died in the wrath of Mother Nature's heat wave this past August, which I "documented" in a blog entry that you may refer to by clicking here. It's still a bit hard to believe her death was only eleven months after today's top-of-the-blog image was taken!

As of this past Tuesday, September the Eleventh 2012, something else is missing from my top-of-the-blog image too, and that is my beloved Physocarpus opulifolius (Coppertina)!

He was quite a prolific character here on Blogger (as you may recall from posts he authored), including his "premier post" where he spoke of Cinco de Mayo in 2011, which you may read by clicking here. He also starred in a mini Virtual Story (movie) that I produced featuring him! It is in my Vimeo Library and you may view it by clicking here.

For most of his life in my garden, my Coppertina was located at the northwest corner of my garden (as indicated in the extreme top left corner of both images, which is hard to see in either image, although in the second image I've used an arrow to indicate my Coppertina's location). Perhaps you can see him better in an aerial image posted below which Juan V took this past August.


August 2012
In the image above, I have indicated the location of the Coppertina with a black circle and the image is one, dear reader, that you may recognize as I included it in an entry here on Blogger this past August when my Coppertina first began showing "real" signs of struggling for his life! 

The story was posted on August 20th 2012 (please click here for details), and at that time, I had no idea I'd have to let go of my feisty Coppertina (who has been the subject of many entries here on Blogger), but indeed, I did have to let him move out of my garden, as he was struggling too much here! He needed to move to a location where he could have more air circulation (my garden is hemmed in by the tall buildings which surround it) and breathe better; so I carried him to a very large garden that a friend has "installed" in the "yard" of Blessed Sacrament Church. I hope to post photos of my Coppertina's new surroundings in the not too distant future. 

Meanwhile, while life has been lost in my garden his season (including plants and flowers not mentioned in today's post), a "lone" cardinal, house finches, and mourning doves, continue to visit it, bringing much pleasure to the things which I grow as well as to me, as you might surmise from a few of the photo-ops posted below:


Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.  Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11
BURNING MY FEET! HOT TERRACE PAVEMENT: WHO SAID SUMMER"S OVER?
Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.  Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11
ARRRRRGUHHHH!!!!! WHO ATE THE LAST OF THE FOOD?
(I know how folks feel when someone takes the last morsel in a refrig AND say nothing!)


Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.  Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11
WHAT A NICE PLACE TO REST ME ACHIN' TOES!
Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.  Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11
I WISH THIS PLACE HAD A TABLE CLOTH!
(I'm always dropping these seeds1)
If dear reader, you enjoyed these photo-ops of my feathered friends, I have many more pictures of them on my Pinterest Board for Birds, which you may view by clicking here; and I have produced Virtual Stories (mini movies) which feature them that are in my Vimeo Library, which you may view by clicking here and here respectively.

Moreover, tales of "my" visiting birds' antics can be found here on blogger, by going to the label menu in the left side bar of this blog page and clicking on cardinals, finches or mourning doves, which will take you to the posts within Blogger that discuss the bird of your choice.

Additionally, if you haven't had your fill of bird talk after visiting these places, I do have great stories about all "my" visiting birds, that are different than the ones on Blogger; and you may read about the ones for cardinals by clicking here; the ones for finches by clicking here; and the ones for mourning doves by clicking here.

I do plan to include the antics of "my" visiting birds in the project for which I've launched a Campaign on indiegogo, and if you'd like to refer to this, please click here.

That's enough of MY chirping for the day, dear reader!

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