Friday, July 15, 2005

Jenn


Jenn asked what a waterbird is. I posted this on her blog and promised a photo (Jenn, had the grass been shorter, the feet would've shown. Found no shots of them out on the street. It's dead-end, so they wander there, too. Sorry)

Water birds can fly, but they have webbed feet at the end of long skinny legs and tend to nest in reeds along the water and not in trees. Typically, their legs are longer and skinnier than a regular bird's and they have longer necks for diving for food, as well as wondering through yards for bugs. The webbing isn't obvious from a distance, like a duck's is, but get close enough, you see it

12 comments:

Steven Moore said...

Strange looking creature - like a cross between an ibis and a heron.
I have a green-woodpecker on my washing line at the moment. He has a red berret. It is meant to be extremely propitious to see a woodpecker. The most breathtaking British bird is the kingfisher whose blue is so vivid & vital. The most magical is the long-tailed tit. Always in flocks, its presence and its high chatter silences and suspends the mind.

Pris said...

Your links are magnificent. I see a woodpecker on the tree out front several times a year, but never a green one. We do have some very beautiful and unusual birds here in Florida that I'd never seen before living here, either, but only brief visits from the ones I knew up north, such as the cardinal and bluebird. The long legged birds are fascinating to watch. They almost lope as they walk, yet manage to look totally graceful.

Steven Moore said...

Hi Pris, I thought you may like this, by John Baldessari.


What Thinks Me Now

I want to re-enchant and remythologize.
I want to drill a hole deep-down in art to discover the mythic infrastructure.
(I am less interested in the form art takes than the meaning an image evokes.)
(I am interested in art as a way of knowing.)
I want to express myself in archetypal imagery.
I want to stand at the edge rather than the center.
I want to recall what I always knew. (I am interested in what thinks me.)
(I would rather discover the memory of the soul than to be correct in thought.)
I want to move away from racial amnesia.
I want to produce images that startle one into recollection.
I want to think of history so that it is not a record of events but a method of release.
I want to see the world as something else than serial progression.
I want to know the matrix of events in history.
(What appears to be trivial in a fairy tale, etc. could be the lingering remnant of the memory of the soul.)
I want to engage in the spiritualization of matter and the materialization of the spirit.
I want to think of time as synchronic.
I want to see all variants of a myth in a single imaginary space without regard to historical context.
I want to sift information from noise.
I want to avoid the tedium of sectarian dogma.
I want to consider language as an articulation of the limited to express the unlimited.
I want to be at home with the paradoxical, the ambiguous, and the random.
I want to eroticize time, consciousness, and human culture.
I want to blur the boundaries between truth and fiction.

Pris said...

Oh, I love that. I found myself saying, 'oh yes, yes' all the way through. Thanks for posting it.

keros said...

Hi Pris- Besides the ibises, and other common So Fl birds, we also get peacocks in my neighborhood... wondering if they have made it up the block to your neck of the woods.

Pris said...

Haven't seen any peacocks on our street. They're cool birds, so I'm glad some are still running in the wild around you. We tend to get a number of parrots in the surrounding trees, escaped, I suspect, from somebody's house or just abandoned.

jenni said...

i think we have something similar--or they may be herons--we don't live on the coast, but we have a lot of costal birds that have migrated (probably from seafood restaurant dumpster to dumpster) all the way here. anywayz, thanx for posting this pic! now i know what a waterbird is!

Pris said...

You're welcome...and yes, herons would be part of the group, too.

keros said...

Pris- how about we do a bird calendar?

Pris said...

Noooooo....now don't tell me you're backing out of your offer below.(Of course, if you like, you could hold up a photo of a bird??)

keros said...

Oh no, no, no. We're doing the OTHER calendar. This one would be an alternative for bird lovers.

Pris said...

Okay. Deal. Jenn already has her thinking cap on!