A Few of Our Favorite Things: A Snowy Owl Painting, Little Curlews and Colors in Nature
Posted by on March 20, 2014

Here’s a few things that caught our eye this week:

1.) Congratulations to Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) 2014 Artist of the Year Peter Steuart! We thought his painting of this snowy owl was stunning.

2.) Did you see the Tugboat Yards Offer of the Week?? We’re so excited that they decided to feature Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water.

What are you lookin' at?

3.) Although the bird is our namesake, the little curlew is not native to our location (we chose the name for other reasons). In fact, we never see them here in Florida. So we get a kick out of seeing photos of the little curlew around the web like this one. 🙂

4.) We thought this profile of nature photographer Michael Lewandowski was interesting. In it, Lewandowski talks about the challenges of photographing eagles: “I was working nights and would go out before work and shoot the nest,” Lewandowski says. “I was there one day when I heard both adults screeching and looking skyward. Then one adult took off to scare away a hawk. Photographing the eagles was one of the greatest things I have done. It took four months.”

5.) Thoroughly enjoyed John P. O’Grady’s beautiful lyrical essay and image gallery on the Catskill Mountains titled “Certain Trees” in Terrain.org.

6.) Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Sept./Oct. Orion essay “Council of the Pecans” won the 2013 John Burroughs Essay Award. In “Council of the Pecans,” Kimmerer weaves the social history of the Potawatomi Native Americans with detailed biological information about pecans, especially their abundance during mast fruiting, thereby giving substance to the value of sacred land. The award will be presented on April 7th at the Literary Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Congratulations, Robin!

7.) This article points out seldom-used color names. Writer’s should note that there are many that can be used to describe nature, such as “rufous,” which is the name of the red color on the feathers of a rufous bird; “jessamy,” the pale white-yellow color of jasmine flowers; and “filemot,” the color of a dead leaf.

We hope you’re having a great week!

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