Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cam's Unnamed Beau

 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

Anyone who follows TLLG's venues either here on Blogger, tumblr, Pinterest, or Facebook knows without a doubt, Cam (the female cardinal in the image atop today's entry which was taken in my urban rooftop garden) is very dear to my heart.

Moreover, Cam had a "one woman show," in that she was the sole character in one of my Virtual Stories (mini movies) titled Words in my Beak , which may be viewed via my Vimeo Library.

I named her Cam for my dearly departed grandparents, Clara and Albert Melahn. Cam first arrived in my garden in July of 2012 and up until that time I had never seen a female cardinal, nor did – I must confess — I realize that female cardinals had brown coloring!

Cam has often confided in me that she needs to start a woman's group for female cardinals so that folks become aware of their beauty, for, as she pointed out, it is usually only the male cardinals whose image is rendered into toys, knickknacks and artifacts; as evidenced by the images 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

 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

 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

 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

The third and fourth images in this series are of a figurine which depicts a Catholic cardinal, and as you may know, from a variety of sources, including Wiki, the northern cardinal bird was named for those religious men: "The Northern Cardinal type species was named by colonists for the male's red crest, reminiscent of a Catholic cardinal's mitre."

Cam equates the fact that the Catholic Church has no female cardinals with the fact that the female (bird) cardinal has much less presence than their male comrades in toys, artifacts and knickknacks; except at Christmas time, where she once had her "group" represented on a coaster as seen in the photo 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

But as Cam pointed out, even in holiday decoration items where female cardinals are included; the male is always seen with them! Perhaps this is one reason Cam does her errands (gathering food) alone! For it was quite some time before she "allowed" her beau to visit.

They rarely came at the same time, but now that it is mating season, Cam often comes here with her beau which has been "documented" a number of times on TLLG's Facebook Page and in a number of posts here on Blogger including one that you my view by clicking hereMoreover, when Cam's beau is not here, it seems he is on her mind (as I tried to illustrate in the image atop today's blog entry)!

And Cam's unnamed beau is on my mind too, for now that he is a regular visitor to my garden, I'd like to name him! The following images of him (either alone or interacting with other birds which visit my garden) are ones I'm sharing with you, dear reader, in the hopes that they will inspire you to weigh in with an idea re the naming of Cam's love interest.


 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
He's VERRRRRY Passionate, so I thought of naming him Caz (Short for Casanova) 
 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
He's a "regular guy" so I thought of naming him Clyde 
 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
He can be a bit aloof, so Clyde might not fit, and I thought of Claudius 
 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
He's red, so someone suggested Rudy, but that reminds me too much of Giuliani!
 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
Perhaps because he mugs for the camera, someone suggested Ham

So there you have it, thus far the ideas for his name have been Caz (for Casanova), Clyde, Claudius, Rudy, and Ham. However, this morning upon hearing him sing (which he does when his mouth isn't full),


 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

it came to my mind that I should call him Domingo or Placee (short for Placido) as a way of honoring his crooning skills!

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