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Our Bird House

Posted on September 9, 2016

Over the summer Henry and Oliver helped me paint this birdhouse. I think they did a fine job.   We have it hanging from a tree outside our kitchen window.  I finally got around to setting up my camera on a tripod and ended up taking these photos.  According to our field guide I managed to get White-breasted Nuthatches, Titmouse, Chickadees, and Mourning Dove.  I’ve also had Blue Jays (they do like to make a big racket), American Goldfinches, Cardinals and a bonafide Hummingbird (I would love to get a picture of the Hummingbird). We’re starting to know their songs without looking out the window which I think is pretty cool and Oliver likes to imitate their song.  Happy September everyone and I dedicate…

At the Rodeo

Posted on September 18, 2012

When I ended my Columbia County Fair post I promised that there would be rodeo pictures to follow. Well I went through them and these were my favorite shots. I had never been to a rodeo before this one so I didn’t know what to expect. I still don’t know how I feel about lassoing the little calves, but dare I say I found my self having fun… Yikes this city girl seems to be living a double life. Don’t tell anyone. Enjoy. I did.

Columbia County Fair

Posted on September 8, 2012

On Labor Day we bid summer farewell by attending the Columbia County Fair in Chatham, N.Y. From what I gathered it’s one of the oldest fairs around dating back to October 12, 1841. The county fair with its farm animals, rides, food, rodeo (which I got to see one for the first time) and cool works by artisans was a wonderful way to close out the summer and say hello to the upcoming fall season. Hope you all enjoy the following photos.

Apparently this is an original schoolhouse that students use to attend back in the day. They utilized the space by displaying the beautiful art work of the students in the area.

I was drawn to this elaborate machinery and the beautiful tapestry hanging on the wall. The gentleman operating the machine was kind enough to explain to me the process of what goes into making one of his hand woven works of art. I think at one point he told me that their were 216 strings in the machine. It made knitting seemed like a breeze. What patience and attention to detail it takes to make one of these exquisite hand woven creations. If you would like to check out their work you can go to

My little guy had a blast. The look of joy on his face was the best part of the day.

I just love the cacophony of colors.

Stay tuned for photos from my first rodeo show…

Black Swan

Posted on May 30, 2012

Over Memorial Day Weekend I went to Montreal and visited Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation. A lovely park with flowers and ponds but what caught my attention was this magnificent black swan. I honestly don’t or can’t recall seeing a black swan in person and the last time I was so enamoured with a swan was when I read E.B. White’s Trumpet of the Swan. If memory serves me well the story starts out somewhere in the woods of Canada. It’s main characters involved a boy named Sam and a swan who can’t talk (honk). Anyhow, the book as you can see has stayed with me after all these years. Here’s to E.B. White for writing characters who leave an indelible mark on its readers (Charlotte’s Web anyone?) and to this beautiful black swan.

Photograph © Nareen Rivas

Deep in conversation

Posted on December 2, 2011

I was about to take my sleeping son out of the car seat after having done some grocery shopping when I noticed a lot of rustling and chirping in the woods in front of me. Since my son was soundly asleep I decided that now would be as good a time as ever to take out my camera and try to find the source of all this deep forest commotion. Where I live would be a bird lover’s paradise. They are everywhere. I really wanted to capture one nice shot for a friend that is an avid bird watcher (can you believe she was raised in Brooklyn) but then again I was raised in Manhattan but fervently love the outdoors. Well, it’s because of…