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A Fact About Mockingbirds That’ll Keep You Up at Night.

The Mockingbird Waits is the latest addition to the gallery. This is a close up portrait of a Northern Mockingbird taking a relaxing break from his springtime song and hunt for bugs. In this case, this bird sits on a dead stump waiting to hear the illustrious call of a mate nearby.

While this bird lives in Texas year round, they become more active and appear more and more as the weather turns from the chilly ice-cold Texas winters to the blazing heat of the summers.

They get the name mockingbird because of their ability to mimic other sounds around them. They sing their own unique songs, mimic other birds, or even imitate sound making devices such as whistles and musical instruments.

In fact they carry out this task of mimicry so well, the only way to tell it’s not real and just a mockingbird is that they tend to sing their imitation in songs of three bursts.

Unfortunately, they not only sing during day but also on some moonlit nights. It’s during these all night concerts that people discover just how stubborn this little bird is.

While in college on the night before a final exam, I had one of these small singers decide to sit in a tree outside my window and exclaim its joy to the world at 2 am. This lasted for an hour before I took drastic measures. Only after attacking the tree with a baseball bat to make loud noises and shake the branches did I prevail in silencing its repertoire and scaring it away.

I was lucky.  These birds are very territorial and have The Mockingbird Waitsno qualms about attacking larger animals that wander into its perceived territory. In fact, I know of at least one person who received a broken ankle and another who broke his leg trying to escape the clutches of these relentless little winged terrors. They will sometimes attack eagles or hawks by dive bombing them and pecking at them until they leave the territory. They have no fear.

My office is now on the edge of a Mockingbird family’s territory. Recently, I was privy to the continuous call of a young mockingbird chick to its mother. It is clear that the mother bird was attempting to teach the youngster to hunt, with loud protests of displeasure from the young chick.

However, the youngster was having none of that nonsense and proceeded to squawk continuously for 4 hours before the mother finally gave up and fed the darling. After three hours, I began looking for any reason to be in another place than that office.

I thought about taking some pictures but they perched in a tree by the door. I didn’t wish to scare the mother away thus leaving me with an abandoned hungry chick. Thank heaven for earplugs.

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The Serenity of Munching on Bluebonnets

Munching on Bluebonnets is a further exploration into the colorful Texas spring. The daily temperatures begin to rise towards the inevitable searing heat of the summer.

As with spring in other parts of the world, it is a time of rain and the regrowth of the sweet aromatic flowers and grasses that pastured animals love so well. The bluebonnets continued to bloom and now and then you could glimpse a touch of yellow flowers, Indian Paintbrushes, or the characteristic white and reddish pinks of multicolored bluebonnets mixed in with the dominant dark and light blues.Munching on Bluebonnets

These two horses are munching quite contently on the sweet bluebonnets without, it seems, a care in the entire world. They don’t even mind a complete stranger with a camera marching up to within a short distance to take pictures.

I had hoped to get them to look at me, and that was my original intention. But, upon viewing that the horses were so downright determined to keep up feeding on the bluebonnets,  I gave up and decide that no, it needed to be this way.

I felt that the scene before me was too natural to change for a small vision in my head. Once again, nature managed to prove that it’s seemingly random creation of beauty far outweighs man’s eternal struggle to find it or even create it.  This event was a Zen moment, and during those peaceful times it is best to just let go of your personal desires and become lost in the tranquility that the heavens have bested on you at that moment.

The horses were content, the pond was in the background, and the flowers were drifting and swaying on the soft morning breeze. The very colors themselves were alive with visual acuity and style.

Even the trees with their newly green leaves rustling in the wind gave a sense of peace and calmness that overcame me. So, lifting the camera to my eye and gently squeezing the shutter, I created Munching on Bluebonnets.

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6 Facts About the Texas Bluebonnet

Bluebonnet Carpet reminds us that every year there is a reminder of the coming warmer seasons. Around late March, North Texas and the Hill Country begin a gradual warm up into the welcome spring. Our attention turns from the dreaded ice storms to devastating hail and tornadoes.

Many people often ask how Texans cope with such a range of extreme weather. The answer lies, at least partly in the beauty found during the blooming of our state flower. April is the only time of year when entire pastures of grazing horses and lazy cows tromp and munch happily among the blue, pink, red, and white Bluebonnet Carpetflowers of the Texas bluebonnet.

Here are some basic facts for the bluebonnet.

  1. The amount of rain does will influence  how many flowers what you see every year. Depending on the amount of spring rains, Texans either enjoy a huge deluge of these gorgeous flowers or barely see one.
  2. Bluebonnets are not just blue. Most bluebonnet flowers are blue, however, both pink and white variations are found naturally.
  3. The pink bluebonnet was first discovered in a field south of San Antonio. Legends say that they were white bluebonnets that turned pink after the San Antonio River ran red with the blood of the Texas defenders at the battle of the Alamo.
  4. Bluebonnets are usually found with a red flower called Indian Paintbrush. The Indian Paintbrush is actually a parasitic plant that feeds off the root system of a bluebonnet.
  5. Bluebonnets only occur in 55-75 degree weather. In Texas, this usually means they bloom sometime around late March to mid April.
  6. While it’s not illegal to pick Bluebonnets, to some Texans it’s kind of like burning the National Flag. Everyone has the right to do it but it’s not necessarily seen as the friendliest thing to do.

I hope you’ll agree that bluebonnets are a most extraordinary flower. They always remind us of the beauty of nature and its ability to create lavish landscapes. Now, all you need to do to enjoy the bluebonnets is to place one on your wall.

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How to Be Unpopular in the Fairy World

The name of this piece is Fairy Umbrellas. These wonderful purple and white flowers are reminiscent of the umbrellas. The spring night’s heavy dew dripped in small pockets of the petals in a tranquil and serene way. The imagination swims with the imagery of a small fairy using the bell-shaped flowers as protection from the elements.

Fairies have been in European culture for centuries. There are plenty of people who will swear that they are nothing but gobbledygook and they are just figments of the imagination.

Others will swear that they exist and they still are a force to be reckoned with and avoided if possible.

As for me, I know that they exist in literature and superstitions dating back to the druids. As that I know all myths and legends have some basis of truth, especially ones that occur across many cultures, I let’s my scientific mind take a backseat and the artistic one say “What if?”

Fairy Umbrellas
Fairy Umbrellas – These wonderful purple and white flowers are reminiscent of the umbrellas. The imagination swims with the imagery of a small fairy using the bell-shaped flowers as protection from the elements.

In either case, You don’t want to upset them. So, I present a quick list of don’ts.

According to legend:

  1. Don’t wear clothing inside out.
  2. Don’t grow St. John’s wort. – they don’t like the smell.
  3. Don’t grow four-leaf clovers.– Leprechauns hate this the most.
  4. Don’t destroy or disrupt a Fairy Fort. These are the remains of old Iron Age motte-and-bailey forts found in Ireland and England.
  5. Don’t destroy or step into a ring of growing mushrooms, sometimes called a fairy ring.
  6. Don’t insult them.
  7. Don’t brag about them to others if they offer you a boon.
  8. Don’t stare at them; after all it’s not polite.

Fairies would get their revenge by either causing illness, stealing, attacking the offender with bad luck magic, or enthralling the person to dance till they died.

So, if you run into one of the wee-folk, make sure you tell them about the photo-work Fairy Umbrellas.

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Mother’s Day Delights Show

Welcome to the  Mother’s Days Delights Show

The the Mother’s Days Delights Show has various photographic works of Andrew Chianese and his artistic tribute to Spring and motherhood.   The pictures in the show share a love of things floral and the season of spring.  Special works include brilliant flowers, sun-kissed gardens and the celebration of motherhood.

This show will be on display starting Monday, April 28, 2014 thru May 12, 2014

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