Here’s to a Transformative 2017!

** Wishing peace for all of us humans and nonhumans in 2017 ** I chose the peace sign because of how the artist originally conceived it ... and then transformed it, from a symbol of anguish to one of aspiration. The creator, Gerald Holtom, described it this way: "I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands outstretched, outwards and downwards in the manner of [...]

2018-02-15T20:35:47+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Blog, Holidays|0 Comments

The White and the Blue [Birds]

First there was Blue. She came to us from the great blue, the wild blue, as blue as Lightin' Slim, singing pigeon blues, not Rooster Blues. She came on banded foot, born of two other Blues who gave our Blue her azul feathers and fuchsia feet ... in a lineage that swept back through the blueness of her grandparents and past the great grandparents before them. They all commanded the skies and taught Blue, [...]

2018-02-15T22:24:11+00:00 November 20th, 2013|Birds, Blog, Domestic Animals|23 Comments

She’s a Hum Dum Dinger Pigeon

A little Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) courtship play ... photographed on the Seattle waterfront, in the magic hour of a winter evening. Music by Jimmie Davis - in the public domain Photographed with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Lumix 100-300mm (micro four thirds) • Edited in iMovie

2013-02-25T23:12:09+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 Comments

The Flying Wallendas … I Mean, Pijendas

I'm a sucker for pigeons. I loved them long before Hugh and I rescued a couple of lost racing pigeons, and I continue to love them long after. People who've never observed pigeons will marvel when they first notice how pigeons out-maneuver Peregrines in harrowing chases. These birds, whose ancestors sprang from the cliffs alongside their evolutionary partners, the falcons, have a lineage that defies their humble reputation. They've been war messengers, like Cher Ami. [...]

2012-01-26T21:21:15+00:00 January 26th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|6 Comments

Things I’d Never Seen ….

As little as I've been out in the field with my camera lately (relative to how it used to be), I've had a disproportionate number of firsts in terms of wildlife viewings. Some of it is my change of environment and the newness of Seattle and its wild offspring. And some of it is, well -- I've just never seen these things before. I always say that wildlife photography is like an ongoing field study, [...]

2011-07-30T19:20:49+00:00 July 30th, 2011|Birds, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pigeon Over Seattle

This pigeon did aerial turns and hovers that rivaled a raptor's. I captured a few frames as she took off from Pike Place Market and hovered for a few seconds against Seattle's skyline. Thanks to SkeletalMess on Flickr for the Creative Commons texture "Tainted" which I used in the above rendering. Related Pigeon Posts: Lancelot-Guinevere: The Case of the Castle Pigeon Changing Our Cultural View of Pigeons [...]

2010-10-06T14:04:05+00:00 October 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lancelot-Guinevere: The Case of the Castle Pigeon

Lancelot (no, Guinevere) -- lost himself (no, herself) -- along the coast of Scotland, where Picts and Druids and Earls and Scots laid claim to the medieval stones of her landing. Just north of these stones lie the crags and cliffs that offer sanctuary for pelagic birds, the calls of whom may have drawn her to seek some good fortune at this spot. Blue band on her leg, humbled by fatigue and flight, she wandered [...]

2010-07-20T17:29:23+00:00 July 20th, 2010|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Noah the Pigeon

When you work in any facet of animal rescue, you hear stories. Often, the worst stories -- one-act plays with bad endings. You wonder why on earth this storyteller decided you were the person who needed to hear it. I've learned that if an anecdote opens with, "Have I got a raccoon story for you . . . " it won't be pretty. That's why a tale like Noah's was such a welcome [...]

2010-03-01T23:45:28+00:00 March 1st, 2010|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Pigeon Pilates

Or so I call it . . . also fondly known as Pigeon Tai Chi . . . or simply, the Pigeon Stretch. It's that endearing things birds do -- wild and domestic both -- leg extended under outstretched wing, releasing tension from their hard-working limbs. I always appreciate a wild-bird stretch when I'm out photographing. I'm deluded into believing they don't mind me too much if they engage in a stretch. Below, a few [...]

2010-02-10T23:18:03+00:00 February 10th, 2010|Uncategorized|3 Comments