Posted tagged ‘birds’

Birding While Black

April 26, 2016

Truth and wry humor — ’cause we’re too big to cry — on the subject of doing human while black.

Gotta love it:  “those crepuscular hours.”  That’s fine writing.

I figured we’d need something removed from the immediate concerns of politics.  That there’s politics in the larger (and lasting) sense in the video above?  I concede.  Sue me.

You want a lagniappe?  Here’s one more Lanham video:
 

 

Start The Week With The Lord God Bird

September 8, 2014

66_Ivory-billed_Woodpecker_(Duke_of_Portland_Audubon_edition)

A nice start to what might be a tolerable week* comes in the form of a message from Harvard’s rare books collection, the Houghton Library.  Its collection of 114 early J.J. Audubon drawings is now online in high resolution.  Among the treats, a depiction of two Ivory Billed Woodpeckers, the “lord god bird,” having their way with a tree.

According to the announcement, these early drawings are rare/of heightened interest because of Audubon’s practice of destroying sketches and alternate versions after selecting what he saw as the best of any subject.  The earliest images in this collection date back to when Audubon was 18, and, says Harvard, they probably survived Audubon’s rolling erasure of his tracks in the hands of one of his patrons.  In any event, the images are gorgeous, and there for the gazing.

That said, the image above is a later Audubon not from the Houghton collection, as Harvard requires permission from the curator before reusing their images. I’m asking for same; if I get it, I’ll add one from this trove.

*Hah! Who am I kidding.  There are still Republicans with actual power!

Image:  John James Audubon, Plate 66 of Birds of America, depiction of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, 1838.

Mental Health Break: Ornithology edition

July 28, 2008

As the the ever reliable xkcd confirms, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing: