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Sunday, September 18, 2016

How Many Gardens?

We are very lucky to be alive. Whether your beliefs embrace a God or science, there can be little disagreement. Life is wondrous. I am devoted to protecting birds. That is why I recycle feathers. There are other concerns. Take flowers. A pot filled with lantana will attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and these will propagate, filling the food chain with promise.

The firecracker plant is starting to bloom. I'll share it here when it's in full display. We only started gardening this summer. School, starting a business, were taking over life and we decided having a garden was just a necessary spiritual undertaking. Building a garden is actually a lot like building a new business. First there is chaos.

When we're asked why we live in the desert, we consider the beauty that is here. In the photo above you can see the moon on the left in the distance. Cuttings from succulents progress on the terrace wall and the last of the daybirds graze.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Feather Rishi is Coming Closer

Ross Padilla has a good eye. He captures a pattern with precision. It's not easy getting nature to perform its little tricks giving us eye candy to enjoy and explore. That's what I first thought of feathers when I looked at them. I couldn't believe the variety of expression within a single species. Their feathers look almost alike, but then like snowflakes you begin to see they are each special, unique and different from all the others.

Reticulation in snake scales is quite a bit like the layering effect you get with feathers. I've written before that the ancient Egyptians gave me a focus on feathers. In their funerary art, they would represent layers of feathers overlapping like the scales in the image above.
Copyright Feather Rishi 2016
A molted feather you see above is a unique artifact. The Nikon captured image, more than a megabyte of information, was shed on the floor one fine afternoon. The Lacy Wyandotte donor was oblivious in the transaction which is the goal. Why should the chicken need to know? The feather rishi artist will take the plume and carefully clean it, inspecting it for flaws or imperfections that cannot be solved by the artist's bag of wizardry. Check the feather to the best of your ability to see if it's a protected species. It's sometimes hard to tell. Eagle can look very like turkey, for instance. 

I've been away much of this year. You may know I am a full-time college student pursuing a masters in Art History. I take classes online and in institutions around San Diego, California. Building a new business while enrolled in college there is much to master. I wanted you to see one of my recent scarf creations: This is not an attempt to show a model shot, just an information picture with my friend Angie.

I've chosen birds as my cause to cherish. There are so many causes, so much to cherish.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Life's Work

My Upside Down Life

Not everyone has as much to be grateful for as me. That knowledge deeply moves me. I got to enjoy a childhood in Alaska, for instance. Back then oil was suspected but not yet discovered. I learned to drive before I was a teenager and ran circles in the ice with heavy equipment. I would plow into snow-banks that were taller than me. I credit my parents for having the vision to take my late brother and me to the wide open spaces under the northern lights.

Mom was a serial spouse collector. I won't judge her. You can see why she was successful:
I followed her to Las Vegas as a teen, but chose at fifteen to live alone. It wasn't much of a stretch. Although I was in high school, the hotels in Vegas provided a handy income to a service assistant in luxurious restaurants that catered to gamblers in the casinos. Alright, full disclosure. I was a busboy at several establishments. However my greatest achievement in food service was that I was made the Coffee Boy at the Tropicana's Patio Room. That tray I carried with silver pots was very heavy. I lied to all my customers. Why not? They usually had a stack of chips in front of them and I ain't talking potato here. I told them I was supporting Mom while working my way through college. It was quite unusual if I couldn't receive a $5 chip for my inventions. It was easy money.

But I didn't really go to college back then. Instead, I'm in college now! That is why the law permits me to use the photos of others in my student projects. This blog is a student project too. At ASU I major in entrepreneurship and Graphic Information Technology, my two favorites. I have a long road to travel to reach my masters degree; today I tell the truth about who I am and what I am doing. My life's mission has become a dedication to avian life. Explore this on other blogs in this thread or elsewhere in my links.

to be continued
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