I recently read "Birdscapes; Birds in Our Imagination and Experience" by Jeremy Mynott. Published by Princeton University Press, who provided me with the well-made, hardcover book for this review. It comes in at 367 pages, 66 of which are appendices and notes about the main text. The font is fairly small, but diagrams and illustrations break up the text. Including references from mythology to modern culture, the main thrust of the book addresses how & why we think the way we do about birds in numerous contexts, from their appearance and attitude to the sound of their songs. It was an interesting read, but may be somewhat confusing to non-birders. Written by an Englishman, he references birds like robins--but English robins are nothing like the robins we know in the U.S. He also tends to use "birder-speak" that may be common across the pond, but is definitely not the language used by your typical, American birder. Despite the potential for some confustion, it was a well-thought out book, written in an easy, conversational style and would certainly be a nice gift for any naturalists or birders on your list.
Despite the title of this post, I've posted all of the fog shots that I'm going to in Pt. I. Here are other shots I took while I was there, including some after the fog lifted. WARNING (to those who don't like them); Spiders ahead!
The invasive yet lovely Chinese tallow.
Macro of dew on a plant. Click for detailed view.
I was into dewy macros that morning.
A clump of cut grass that appealed to me.
After the fog lifted, a couple shots of paths in the area.
Boardwalk and dew-covered web.
These grass spider webs are all over down here, but you don't see them unless they're covered in dew, like this one. Click for detailed view.
This dew-draped web (a featured image in the Ovation community photographer's group,) is the last non-spider image in this post.
I half "came-to" early in the morning again a little while back and saw thick fog outside, so I dragged my tired butt out of bed, grabbed my camera and headed to the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve. I spent 2 hours there before the fog finally lifted.
One of the many bluebird houses at the site.
It may be stereotypical, but I converted a number of shots to black and white.
Dew-covered web (click for larger view.)
The sun got much higher than this before finally clearing the fog away (around 9:30am.)
There's more to share again, so stay tuned for Part II!
I half-"came to" from sleep a while back to see a strange, orange glow through the windows. By the time I dragged my tired self out of bed & grabbed the camera it'd changed a bit, but it was still pretty cool.
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Today's the 3rd blogiversary of "The Dreaming Tree." Thanks to all of my readers, to those who shared it with others, to Google for pointing so many people in my direction and for hosting the blog, gratis, here on Blogger. It's be a fun ride for me--I hope it has been for you, as well.