A Bonnet for Bonnie

Bonnie bought a bonnet at the one of a kind show+sale in Chicago Sunday, but it wasn't this one.  We'll have to wait for Bonnie to model it for us.  Oh, there's more . . .

Bonnie bought a bonnet at the one of a kind show+sale in Chicago Sunday, but it wasn’t this one. We’ll have to wait for Bonnie to model it for us. Oh, there’s more . . .

Bonnie did buy this one-of-a-kind jacket without any prompting from her three male fashion consultants.

Bonnie did buy this one-of-a-kind jacket without any prompting from her three male fashion consultants. You go, girl!

 

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Found in the Fog

We enjoyed this one-of-a-kind view of Chicago Sunday while walking to the  one of a kind show+sale at the Merchandise Mart.  More on that to follow.

We enjoyed this one-of-a-kind view of Chicago Sunday while walking to the one of a kind show+sale at the Merchandise Mart. More on that to follow.

 

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Snake Shed

Chicago Cultural Center) We recently enjoyed an exhibit here called Present Standard that  coincided with the Spring of Latino Art and wanted to share one image that was particularly arresting: Ghost by Mariano Chavez.  Chavez created it in 2015 using snake shed, paper, and beeswax.  Vaya con Dios!

Ghost by Mariano Chavez.

Ghost by Mariano Chavez.

A fuller view of Ghost.

A fuller view of Ghost.

 

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Catching up with Gnatcatchers

IMG_8364(Three Oaks, Michigan) My question was: When you see two–not one, but–two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at the Kesling Nature Preserve along the Forest Lawn Road Floodplain, does that mean they are playing catch with gnats?  Probably not, but it was a pleasure to see said bird along with a Northern Parula and a Louisiana Waterthrush on the cold, damp Saturday that was the last day of April 2016.  We were on an outing with the Berrien Birding Club, or BBC, and our fearless leader, Kip Miller, assured us the woods would soon be alive with warblers as the coming warm weather warms up the food warblers love to eat: insects.  So come on down to the floodplain some time real soon and feast your eyes on spring warblers in breeding plumage. Birding doesn’t get better than that.  Oh, and I apologize for not getting shots of any of the aforementioned birds. They didn’t sit still for portraits.

The BBC in action on the new deck at Keeling looking for spring migrants.

The BBC in action on the new deck at Kesling looking for spring migrants. Come join us this spring.

 

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Lancaster Lake

Evidence of a wet spring at Lancaster Lake in Spicer Lake Nature Preserve.  You will find this magnificent 320-acre park north of New Carlisle, Indiana on County Line Road.  Visit: www.sjcparks.org

Evidence of a wet spring at Lancaster Lake in Spicer Lake Nature Preserve. You will find this magnificent 320-acre park north of New Carlisle, Indiana on County Line Road. Visit: http://www.sjcparks.org

A fungus among us at Spicer Lake.  Can anyone please identify this for us? Thank you.

A fungus among us at Spicer Lake. Can anyone please identify this for us? Thank you.

 

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River Walk

IMG_8345(South Bend, Indiana) We took a delightful stroll Thursday afternoon along the Saint Joseph River.  South Bend, of course, is named for the southern-most bend the river makes as it courses its way toward Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan.  So, if you ever find yourself in South Bend with some spare time, please follow in our footsteps along the placid Saint Joseph River.

We were careful not to fall in as there were no lifeguards on duty.

We were careful not to fall in as there were no lifeguards on duty.

A sign of welcome.

A sign of welcome.

Notre Dame has a handsome presence on the river.

Notre Dame has a handsome presence on the river.

This is where the rowing Irish launch.

This is where the rowing Irish launch.

Motivational message under a bridge.

Motivational message under a bridge.

Stone work along the river.

Stone work along the river.

A river walk for railroad buffs.

A river walk for railroad buffs.

 

Postcard from South Bend.

Postcard from South Bend.

We saw plenty of birds on our walk, including these Tree Swallows.

We saw plenty of birds on our walk, including these Tree Swallows.

The Song Sparrow is aptly named because it has a relatively complex song.  I was able to tweet with this little guy. But it wouldn't alight on my finger.

The Song Sparrow is aptly named because it has a relatively complex song. I was able to tweet with this little guy. But it wouldn’t alight on my finger.

Back downtown where we started.  And, we never fell in.  Not even once.

Back downtown where we started. And, we never fell in. Not even once.

 

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Melospiza melodia

Although common and widespread, the Song Sparrow is uncommonly delightful to behold wherever it is spread.  We beheld this chatty little fellow along the banks of the Saint Joseph River in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday afternoon.

Although common and widespread, the Song Sparrow is uncommonly delightful to behold wherever it is spread. We beheld this chatty little fellow along the banks of the Saint Joseph River in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday afternoon.

The Song Sparrow is aptly named because it has a relatively complex song.  I was able to tweet with this little guy. But it wouldn't alight on my finger.

The Song Sparrow is aptly named because it has a relatively complex song. I was able to tweet with this little guy. But it wouldn’t alight on my finger.

 

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