Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shades of Blue

When I took these images yesterday afternoon, I had originally intended to entitle this post "Tawny," but in looking over the images, and others, below, I decided to call it "Shades of Blue" instead.

Kali and I haven't walked in "my" preserve for several weeks because it's been so muddy.  But yesterday Kali didn't have to go to work, the skies were cloudless, and the paths had dried enough so that Kali wouldn't complain about muddy shoes, so we hit the trails for a late afternoon walk.
We've hardly had any snow this winter, so most of the native grasses are still standing tall and beautiful.
Most of the early spring birds have arrived now - especially flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and a few American Woodcocks.  Just last Sunday, a pair of American Kestrels hovered over the fields in search of rodents hiding in the high grass.  Though we may be in for a snowstorm tomorrow, spring's approach is unmistakable.

Last weekend (Saturday, February 23), Kali and I drove 2-1/2 hours to Baltimore for the American Craft Council Show at the Baltimore Convention Center.  This is the largest fine art craft show in the country (650 craft artisans), and it was spectacular (as always).  Since Kali and I are in our de-accession stage of life, we only bought one decorative piece for the wall, a piece of jewelry for Kali, and a holiday gift for Kali's boss.  We look at the show as if we were going to a craft museum, since all of the work is of the highest quality.
In the "blue" motif - a detail from "Aspens," an etched and illuminated glass wall sculpture
And, finally, just last Saturday evening, we attended a performance by Parson Dance, one of our favorite contemporary dance companies.  The image below is from the first piece that the company performed, "In the Round" (2012), and it was breathtaking.  Even when the dances weren't as spectacular as "Round," the dancers were so perfect that they elevated the works to high art. Bravisimo!


packrat said...

As usual, Scott, your posts offer the highest level of education and entertainment. I particularly like your inclusion of "Aspens," which is a striking image. I've been fortunate enough to see the American Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk) in both the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, and the bird never fails to amaze me with its beauty.

robin andrea said...

I really appreciate seeing Pennsylvania through your eyes. Love seeing those dried grasses and the blue skies there. You remind me that I haven't seen a Kestrel since we left the coast. One used to come and sit on the neighbor's roof to hunt. Quite a striking little raptor.

Scott said...

Packrat: Kali and I saw many, many Kestrels (probably the highest density I've ever seen) as we walked the trails in the National Bison Refuge in Montana one summer. There, they were going after the abundant grasshoppers. They probably go after grasshoppers here, too, but not at this time of year.

Scott said...

Robin Andrea: Thanks for your comments and appreciation. The contrast of the dried grasses and the blue skies (when we have them) is irresistible.

We've got a few Kestrel boxes set up in the preserve, and the birds take advantage of them, so I can see them most any time I want during the summer months. I think they're striking, too.