Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ant and Dove: Aesops Fable

To proof the doves and pigeons are kind and carrying, let us turn to Aesop’s fable Ant and Dove. An ant went to a fountain to quench his thirst and, tumbling in, was almost drowned. But a dove that happened to be sitting on a neighboring tree saw the ant's danger and, plucking off a leaf, let it drop into the water before him. The ant mounting upon it, was presently wafted safely ashore. Just at that time, a fowler was spreading his net and was in the act of enmeshing the dove, when the ant, observing his object, bit the man’s heel. This made the man drop his net and the dove, aroused to a sense of it danger, flew safely away. The timeless story has a moral: one good turn deserves another. “One act of kindness, how small is ever wasted.” (Aesop, N.d.)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Little Tiger From the Jungle

Photographer: Ida Tomshinsky

Birdscaping Your Garden

Growing native plants means to provide native food and shelter to attract certain species of the geographical zone within someone is living. How to get from landscape to birdscape? Then ask more questions?
  • Are these plants for birds to hide? Songbirds need protective cover from potential enemies, such as cats, snakes, and hawks
  • Are these places for birds to nest? Birds would come during the breeding season, if there are inviting places to nest, such as trees, shrubs, hedges, brambles
  • Are these shelters areas protect them from enemies and weather conditions? Evergreens against the walls and fences will protect will them from cold, wind, and rain
  • Is there food and water? Natural food sources are coming from flower nectar, grass seed-heads, fruits, berries, diversity of plants that attract insects. Plus, to provide an access to a small pool, pound or puddle will accommodate the needs of thirsty birds

Sunday, February 4, 2018

3-Projects for the Nursery

Bonnet and Boots for the Little Boy:
Rustic Country Style coordinated
in Brown and Green

Once upon a time there was a mom
who was expected a boy, and
these little boots were a perfect gift
for the little boy soon to come
and to be welcomed by the family

Baby Blanket with an Ornament

Warm Soft Brown Bonnet Decorated
with Green Border to Adjust the Size
and 2+2 Lady Bugs for Each Side

Warm Baby Boots

Little Wild Flower

'Little Wild Flower' - Photographer: Ida Tomshinsky
Everybody knows the life starts from seeds.
It took more then few months
to develop the climbing wine
that took over the fence.
The thick green leaves created this mini oasis -
the home for lizards and green iguanas.
The green leaves are comfortably
taking the sun bath, stretching, and growing
by overcoming few optical on their own: 
the drastic fall of temperature, cold winds,
 and the neighbor's  lawn machine.
And finally, the award -
the little wild flower.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

All About Birds

Men have held a fascination with birds for a very long time. To us, humans, bird watching activity comes naturally. In general, we are a nation of wildlife lovers; and everyone has an extra love feeling for birds. What is so special and unique about birds? For different people, there are different answers. For some, watching birds in a natural habitat is an effective and reliable way to gain perspective and relieve stress. To others, they are so magical. They are interesting to watch because they are beautiful, inspiring, and fascinating. Birds are cheery and lovable. Birds make life beautiful. Their songs wake us up and put in a great mood. Birds songs are one of the most beautiful sounds in the nature. Not everyone knows, only male birds are singing. Unlike instinctual calls, the complex pitch, rhythm, and structure of true bird songs must be learn in early life. To attract the mate, a male bird calls other birds from the forest. Some birds like parrots or superb lyrebird know how to imitate voice and sounds. Captive birds have been recorded not only the owners’ talk but also the ability to mimic the ‘industrial’ sounds of chain saws, car alarms, and camera shutters.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Year of Birds

One hundred years ago, the staggering destruction of birdlife caused by the plume trade spurred the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the earliest environmental laws passed anywhere in the world. While fashion trends have changed, the law remains as important as ever. Birds now face 21st-century threats – gas flares, oil spills, oil waste pits, transmission lines, wind and power turbines and more. The act has been used to help reduce those impacts and to implement practice that saves birds’ lives. The National Geographic magazine, National Audubon Society, the Cornel Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International joined together forces and resources with more than hundred other organization and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 Year of Bird.

In the book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice, author and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams wrote, “Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” (Tempest Williams, 2012)