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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

a little inspiration... for the bird-brains.

Lots of little birds are always swooping in and out of our little backyard garden, but rarely do we notice the same birds make it home.  One of those rare exceptions and one of our favorite neighbors is a particularly handsome and quick (but hard-to-miss) cardinal with bright red plumage and a great big personality. 

Well, last weekend while gazing out the window and daydreaming about the soon-to-be spring garden (as usual)... Jojo spied our fine-feathered friend and somehow snapped this incredible photo:

The photo turned out like a real-life Charley Harper illustration... and with so much charm. ie: 

BTW, Charley was one of the greats and his book Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life is the classic anthem of his work.  Perfect for a rainy day.  Anyway, in honor of Charley, we dug into our photo archive to share a few more feathered favorites  (all are personal snaps of yours truly).  enjoy...

a stunning peruvian parrot. (cuzco, 2011)

an ominous trio of morning cacklers perched on the roof of my villa in South Africa  (johannesburg, 2009)

a sand-piper dancing in salty sea breezes  (palm beach, 2010)  

do not cross this pigeon.  just guessing...  (philadelphia, 2011)

So with birds on the brain... we would be remiss without sharing the INCREDIBLE tale of Alex the amazing parrot!  If you have 10 minutes, you MUST watch this jaw-dropping and oh-so-charming short video.  WITHOUT A DOUBT!  the best 10 minutes we've spent ALL WEEK!!!

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA scienceNOW.

ok... when the parrot said goodnight, I was impressed.  When he said I love you, I almost fell off my chair and died.  

I also loved when the one woman commented that Irene was "either brilliant or crazy"... so hysterical and something we ask ourselves as well.

We identify Irene... and admire your fearless passion anyway.  (ahem, 30+ years as a bird BFF!?)

explore more at The Alex Foundation.   Thank you NOVA and PBS.  

that's all bird-brains... stay posted to see the fine-feathered terrariums created from all of this flightly inspiration. 

xxc.  posted by chris

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