One of the coolest things about spring on the Seward Peninsula is the return of all the migratory birds (Which hasn't quite happened yet). It is so amazing when it does happen though... to see, and hear, flocks of thousands of Sandhill cranes flying overhead is so welcome after the long winter its like Christmas, and Easter and the last day of school all rolled into one. When I was teaching the kids would hear them flying over the school (they make a really distinctive call) and they would all rush to the windows, noses pressed up against the glass because it really is the difinitive sign of spring. I would usually take a 10 minute break and let my class go out and watch them. Place-based education right? Not only are there cranes, there are swans, a plethora of duck and eider species and countless other shore birds. Wanna know what the cutest chicks are? Shorebird chicks. They look like puffballs on stilts. See:
Susan Stevenson, for the great image on google searches. Your photos are amazing...and your blog looks pretty cool too. Hopefully its okay that I am borrowing this photo for illustrative purposes.
Since I have been hoping, waiting, and wishing to see some birds but haven't, I have been making my own spring happen in the pottery studio--part of which involves birds. Here is some of the stuff I have been dreaming up lately:
The "Bluebird of Happiness" Sugar bowl
Sunshine & Roses Platter
(if you look close, you can see that some dark glaze from another pot spattered onto this one in the kiln. Arg! I hate that--but I guess it cant all be sunshine and roses, right?)
Some Sourdough crocks... still in the green, not yet glazed, or named, but I am liking them so far!
And... no birds on this one, but a nice springy texture and form. It is a cake-stand, I guess (thanks Erin F. for asking me about them and inspiring me to make one! My pottery students are so rad!)