Monday, June 7, 2010

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Spring has sprung, and I've been trying to get out and take advantage of it in various ways.

Got to watch some bird banding action at Richardson Bay Audubon Center. The woman is disentangling a Bewick's Wren that caught itself caught in the mist net. For the second time, apparently, as it had already been banded, so they recorded the date, time, and location and sent him on his way.

Morty and I went to see some artists who were have Open Studios near our house. Unfortunately, he could not come in with me, but he found a nice spot to wait for my return.

Kitten season is upon, and this friendly little calico was hanging around a block or so from our house recently. Sure, I already posted this on my Facebook page, but, really, could you see this picture too many times?

Brian consults Sibley's while Morty tries to figure out why we made him go on a forced march at Briones Park on Memorial Day. He thinks it's hot when it gets over 65 degrees, good thing he doesn't live in Indiana anymore.

I took a mosaic workshop recently at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, where there are many amazing mosaiced things to see.

This is my own feeble effort at a stepping stone, done in the "Exterior and Garden Applications" class.

And, out of the blue, on the sidewalk on 8th Street near the new Berkeley Bowl - tidings from the Old Country! How this plastic bag from Nebraska wound up in Berkeley, California I'll never know.