Avian Admiration

the Magnificents

the Magnificents

I felt these birds before I saw them, a rustle of wind and a presence over my shoulder. When I looked up, I didn’t have a name for them, so I broke out into a full-body sweat, as if my every pore were calling out to them. I dubbed them the Goosebumps Bird, but later I learned that their real name is the Magnificent Frigatebird, a worthy title for a beast whose very Is-ness can make an otherwise solid human go liquid.

Birds of a Feather

birds of a feather

Egret with Mustache

egret with mustache

Dodos

bald eagle pair

In the Bicentennial celebration of 1976, I attended the Boston parade dressed as a bald eagle, a very patriotic toddler indeed. I was told at the time that the bald eagle I was impersonating had gone extinct. I didn’t bother to update this knowledge until several decades later, when I was gobsmacked to stumble across one that was very much alive. It was like seeing a dodo or a woolly mammoth perched in the branches. In my eyes the bald eagle is still the picture of resilience, a creature capable of defying extinction itself, a phoenix among beasts.

Mohawk Bird (Pterodactyl punkrockius)

Punk

Here’s looking at you

scarlet macaw pair

Oh! Canada

Heron pair

Backside of a Peacock

peacock backside

Even the backside of a peacock is a work of art. The biosphere is a continuing marvel. Happy Earth Day!

L’chaim! To life!

L'chaim

Headlong

splash

“It’s good to go North. Good to go South.” – Buson

good-to-go-north

Unruffled

unruffled

Flighty

flighty_

Flutter

bird-feeder-multiple-exposure

Mr. Bombastic

albino-turkey

plein air

wildgeese-1

nonlinear

nonlinear-1

Treble Clef

treble clef-1

Waxwings

waxwings-1

overlooked underpass

cliff dwellers (1 of 1)-2

the Entanglements of Home

entanglements of home

Photo by Becky Jaffe, Art by Bird

Collage by Bird

collage by bird-3

Photo by Becky Jaffe

The bird that built this nest is no mere architect, but an artist. Beauty and intelligence are woven into the fabric of existence.

vigilant

vigilantPhoto by Becky Jaffe

 

gospel of the Great Blue Heron

great blue heron emphasis on greatPhoto by Becky Jaffe

You’re invited to the reception of Levity & Gravity

Wild Geese
Please join me for the reception of Levity & Gravity this Friday, June 12th from 6-8 pm at Collector Art in Berkeley. I am pleased to present new work, a collection of nature photographs printed on slate. My portraits of wild birds in flight are set into rock, an interplay of levity and gravity.
  “Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.” 
– Charles Caleb Colton