Welcome to the eighty-ninth segment of my Tuesday's Truths series where I will be reminding you how certain wildlife (such as the turtles featured in the mini video atop this entry and in the photos directly below),
provided the inspiration for my kaleidoscopic image, Turtle Pond.
The turtles in Central Park have always been an inspiration to me. In fact, when I had my first website constructed to showcase my photographic works, I called it Turtle Pond Art because I was coming out of my shell as a photo artist. But soon after I did this, I was discouraged (from keeping that "brand name") by marketers due to their concerns with my name recognition.
Hence, I had a new website built (patriciayoungquist.com) by the talented Chris Deatherage, who is also the formatter of the hardcover versions of my Words In Our Beak book series.
In any event, less than two weeks ago, here on Blogger, I informed readers that my photograph, Turtle Pond, is now able to be printed on an array of surfaces for wall art (thanks to Fine Art America AKA FAA) and they can also print my images on fabric.
FAA is also able to render another one of my kaleidoscopic images, Trees From My Balcony (seen below),
in the same formats (http://bit.ly/2nAsEKg and http://bit.ly/2w4Doo4).
This particular image is based on a tree variety (known as Ailanthus Trees) that grow in my courtyard. Sometimes an Ailanthus tree is referred to as The Tree of Heaven, for reasons unapparent to yours truly, which is a fact that I've owned up to in at least one other entry here on Blogger.
I'm learning to appreciate the Ailanthus trees in my courtyard because it's from within their branches that a number of wildbirds have discovered my rooftop garden including Cam (the prolific Cardinal),
members of the Blue Jay family,
a lone Downy Woodpecker;
and, Wilson — a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.
Mourning Doves like to use the branches of Ailanthus trees for hanky panky,
while very young American Robins use these branches to practice preening,
and Common Grackles hold family reunions there.
Unfortunately, for the avian community of songbirds) a Red-Tailed Hawk also perches in the arms of Ailanthus trees. while looking to scoop up and devour the little songsters!
Be that as it may, these Ailanthus trees have played a vital role in the lives of all the wild birds who visit my place (only a fraction of them are represented in this blog entry), and this will be discussed in volume three of my Words In Our Beak book series, which will hopefully be released this fall.
Meanwhile, if you haven't had a chance to get volumes one and two of the series, here is the purchase info:
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2q75g8e