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Birds in my backyard: Evening Grosbeak


















These birds visit our feeder every Winter/Spring and while they are beautiful to behold, they are loud and crowd out my local birds.  They get pretty rowdy and fly into my windows sometimes.  I love that my kiddos know them and can laugh at their antics.

Large and brightly colored, the Evening Grosbeak is a noticeable winter visitor to bird feeders during irruption years. When a flock settles down to feed, it can clean out a surprisingly large amount of sunflower seeds in a short time.  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak/id

Birds in my backyard: Oregon junco



















These fun little birds are residents of my yard.  They are pretty fun to watch.  They visit my feeder but hang out and eat on the ground.

Dark-eyed Juncos are neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter. They’re easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and the bright white tail feathers they habitually flash in flight. One of the most abundant forest birds of North America, you’ll see juncos on woodland walks as well as in flocks at your feeders or on the ground beneath them (Cornell Lab of Ornithology).

**I am thinking this will be a fun new feature every other Thursday!


Treasury Tuesday: Love Birds

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Monday Mosaic: What’s my style?

I have decided to submit some of my artwork to my local art gallery(ahh, it’s juried!).  Exciting right??  Well I am having a hard time deciding what to submit.  I am trying to figure out what best defines BleuOiseau Photography.  I made a few mosaics to see what works best together.  I am having a hard time finding cohesiveness and defining my work.  Am I a wildlife photographer, a landscape photographer, or fine art photographer?

I wanted to submit all birds but my husband then defined me as a wildlife photographer–like it was a bad thing or limited.  I mean, I LOVE birds but I don’t want to be defined as a bird photographer unless it lands me a job with the Audubon Society (which is a dream by the way).  I tried putting together a few of my Twisted Series which are fun to make but you either love them or hate them.  I didn’t have much luck with them on my Facebook page so I won’t submit them.  I made a third mosaic trying to tie in a variety of my artwork.  It showcases my favorite Twisted print, the Dancing Tower, and a few of my other favorites which I tried to make cohesive with color.





















































So what is my style then?  I don’t think I slept well last night thinking about this.  Looking through my photos, I see there is a theme and that theme is nature photography.  This really doesn’t surprise me.  I mean I hold a degree in Resource Biology.  I hike, run, and cross country ski.  I am constantly birding and so is my family.  There isn’t a day that we aren’t talking about birds or the bird feeder…but does that define my photography?  No.  I love to shoot other things as well and therefore, I am going to submit the photos in my third mosaic.

Now which medium do I use?  Metal prints, ThinWraps or wood blocks…so many decisions to be made before next Monday!

P.s. Just saw that the lovely ladies from fPOE have featured me this week!  Thanks a ton for the shout out!!  Happy Monday ya’ll 😀

This is for the birds!

Last week, I received the most lovely gift…for my birds!  A friend of mine gave me two bird seed ornaments.  As a bird lover, I was overjoyed (excuse the Angelina Ballerina-ism) to have them.  I had been meaning to make some with my kiddos.  Now I had two and a peaked interest to make my own.

I found a recipe and set a plan to work on making our own once my son went to sleep.

Here is our set up:


I measure and my little chicky pours:


She did most of the mixing and filled quite a few up.  Be careful, this stuff is sticky!!

We used what cookie cutters we had even though some of them had some crazy corners :/

We had a bear, hedgehog, star, angel, snowflake, fox, gingerbread man, two hearts, tree and a snail.

I believe the birds enjoyed them!

If you Google, bird seed ornament, you can find many recipes. I cannot seem to find the one I used! Have fun and remember, it will be messy 😀

Favorites Friday: Birds

If you don’t know by now, I LOVE birds!  I would love to be an ornithologist 😀  I talk about birds with my kiddos, I go birding with my family, I stalk the birds in my backyard…in fact, my zoom lens is ready and waiting for that hummingbird to come back to my penstemon.  I am going to teach an after school class in November on birds for grades K-4 and I am so excited!

So my favorites today are showcasing some cool items with birds.  Some really cool stuff out there and here are only a few of my favorites:

1.  I was lucky enough to go to Scotland and see this little bird in person.  How cool to have a blue tit on a ceramic cup!

2.   I absolutely love watercolor and this puffin watercolor is no exception 😀

3.  Handmade buttons!  With owls!  Enough said.

4.  My kiddos are obsessed with penguins right now and rightfully so.  They would love these minatures though I would probably keep them to myself!

5.  This is a cool idea for a wedding…wish I knew about it 7 years ago.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!!!

Mosaic Monday: National Wildlife Refuge Week

We had such a busy weekend!  There was a lot going on this Saturday.  Lots of festivals to attend, soccer games, meet ups with friends, I love it.  My little chicky had a soccer game early on Saturday then I met up with some cool gals to go over the manual function on their cameras.  I got some shooting time in on my walk home which is why I love meeting up with my friends 😀

We only attended one of the celebration/festivals over the weekend.  There were several in the Dalles area but we decided to head to Trout Lake.  It was the start of National Wildlife Refuge Week  at my favorite refuge.  We headed to Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge (did I mention we are a HUGE birding family, well we are :D).

Binoculars and camera packed, we enjoyed a hayride around the refuge.  The guide was very informative and the view was awesome.  I will have to remember next time to walk out that way with boots on because there is a fantastic view of Mt. Adams.  (Trying to take a pic while on a hayride is plain silly–I tried though :/)  We saw lots of yellow-rumped warblers and even a garter snake sitting on top of water.  The kiddos had a blast and I cannot wait for them to own their own binoculars 😀

Check out the mosaics below and be sure to find a refuge near you, your kids will thank you for it!

Fun around the refuge!

Various locations around the refuge...check out the snake!