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; 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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This WW* is from Eleanor Roosevelt (*Wednesday's Wisdom)

Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the first lady, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, was born on this day of October 11th in 1884. A statue rendered in her likeness stands at the Seventy-Second Street and Riverside Drive entrance to NYC's Riverside Park. It's featured in the photograph atop this entry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Here's my Tuesday's Truths entry for Week 63: I finally went to the beach!

Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Truths for week sixty-three. Here's one thing that's happened since my last posting here on Blogger (10-7-2017), I finally went to the beach!

This fact is the "something" that I was referring to in this past Saturday's entry when I stated, "I have to take care of something this Columbus Day weekend, dear reader, so there is no posting for either today, tomorrow, or Monday. Therefore, I'll see you on Tuesday, here on Blogger. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your holiday week."

If you follow my entries here on Blogger, dear reader, then you may recall that I have been trying to go to the beach for the year 2017 ever since May.

Therefore, I'm so thankful that I finally had the opportunity to this, even though, because of traffic in getting there, we could only be on the beach four hours.

The beach I was able to visit was Long Beach which is on Long Island in New York. I've been to this beach on countless occasions since I moved to NYC in the 1980's, and several of my trips there have been with my sister, who unfortunately has not been able to visit me this year (as of this posting).

In any event, in spite of the fact thatI have been to Long Beach on so many occasions, I have never visited there in the month of October. It was such a wonderful experience to be there on a Saturday afternoon at this time of year. And because it's "officially" the end of beach season (meaning there are no lifeguards), the beach was not peppered with as many umbrellas and beach chairs, as depicted in the image atop this entry, which is from a web-page. However, a fair amount of people, as well as seagulls, were there enjoying an October day at the beach.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7th 2017's Annoucement

I have to take care of something this Columbus Day weekend, dear reader, so there is no posting for either today, tomorrow, or Monday. Therefore, I'll see you on Tuesday, here on Blogger. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend!

P.S. Btw, I credit the image posted above with a blog entry that I saw (in 2011) on French By Design.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday's Follow-Up (Re Yesterday's Blog Post)

In yesterday's blog post, I mentioned the fact that the bird type known as a tufted titmouse (who can be seen in the first photograph atop this entry), is being included in the forthcoming volume two of the first book that I wrote with Cam.

I also discussed the fact that the tufted tit mouse bird variety is "a cousin" to the bird type known as the chickadee (who can be seen in the second photograph atop this posting). Both images were taken in my urban garden where the story being told in the book takes place.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday's Tid-Bit Re The Tufted Tit Mouse

Cam, "my" female cardinal, and I have been engaged in the process of tying up loose ends for our sequel to the book  Words In My Beak Volume One.

This means I've been going through a vast number of images to determine which ones will make the cut regarding being included in volume two.

I won't be giving away the story by telling you that the bird type known as a tufted tit mouse (who is featured in the image atop this blog entry, where he/she is spending time in my urban garden), will be featured in volume two.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Today's WW* is influenced by St. Francis's love of animals (*Wednesday's Wisdom)

The young cardinal who is facing forward in the photograph atop this blog entry, is named Frannie for Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is today, October the fourth. He is the patron saint of animals, ecology, as well as merchants; and he is represented in my home by a small statue which is on the book shelves above my desk (this can be seen in the next picture, where his figurine is at the far left).

In any event, Frannie was given this name by her mother, Cam; and within the image above this posting, Frannie can be seen spending time in one of her favorite places, the container which is home to my 'Tamukeyama', and on either side of her are house finches.

The green foliage that you see belongs to my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida (Kiwi Vines), who are the stars of my first urban garden-themed movie, The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame...almost; which can be viewed within my Vimeo channel. Cam, as you may know is the author of the book, Words In Our Beak Volume One. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday's Truths for Week Sixty-Two: American Robin's Eye Placement

Hello, and welcome to the sixty-second week of my Tuesday's Truths series, which is being dedicated to the American robin's eye placement.

Here's the deal, a few days ago, to avoid Central Park's congestion (the powers that be were setting up barricades for a huge event), I made my way west to Riverside Park (RSP) so that I could go down by the Hudson River side.

As I passed through RSP, I was delighted to encounter a lone American robin (seen in the image atop this entry), especially since this bird type has not been to my rooftop garden for a number of days.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday's Memo: A Most URGENT Reminder! Casting items in rivers is NOT for the birds!

Last Thursday when I was at a pier located on the Hudson River, a woman pointed out to me that vast amounts of bread had been dumped into the river. I discussed this fact in one of my blog posts, where I included the photo seen above this entry.

In the case of the bread, it had presumably been put (tossed) there by certain folks adhering to their religious observances. However, certain bread is quite harmful to the birds who swim in these waters, availing themselves of what they perceive to be nourishment.

Unfortunately, bread is hardly the only harmful thing thrown into the Hudson River, as evidenced in the set of images below, where a Mallard duck can be seen swimming near to a lot of debris, which was floating in the river, including a watch (which I don't think belonged to the duck).

Witnessing an innocent duck engage with the waste in the Hudson is most troublesome, and I do what I can to raise awareness re conditions concerning wildlife.

As you may recall, dear reader, from my previous entries here on Blogger (September 16th and 17th), I was involved in costal clean-up project, with a number of folks who care about these issues. It is most upsetting to see things floating about in the river, which must've gotten there by folks casting them there, either for the purposes of adhering to a religious observance, or by simply being too lazy to dispose of them in a manner that won't harm our wildlife.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September's 30 days have passed for 2017. NEWS FLASH UPDATE: October has arrived.

September's 30 days have passed for 2017, and supposedly a number of birds, in the area where I live (at least the avian creatures who have admins) should have made their way south by now.