Physician Epidemiologist & photographer. I inherited my mother's photography business and collection and our lives have been swept into the beauty and obsession. I am expanding the available images, learning the ropes, practicing patience, watching my own daughter develop her "good eye" & becoming a naturalist (I hope).
Rhode Island Red chick sleeping in the spring Phox
Americans have taken to chickens with a earnest vengeance. With the
seriousness of intention -- "I want to make a difference" -- a difference in the environment, the food chain, or our relationship to nature -- and the pleasure
experienced when that something is chickens. More of us every day are adding these
funny productive birds to our homes. For those of us first-timers our
chicks are arriving this month. Lots of crazy peeping coming from new
homes and more of us falling under their spell.
I'm sorry I do not have a way to salute the coming of spring-- like the goldfinches sudden brilliant yellow patches that turn it into a canary yellow bird.
Instead spring urges me to plant and dig dirt --
I think turning into a different color would be easier in the long run.
I could pick a different color each spring!
Spring is high hopes".
----Gay McDonnell Bumgarner, Photographer
I remember in the spring we used to wear bonnets, new dresses with big crinkly slips. Or, perhaps little suits and ties. Was it our goldfinch-ness perhaps, that same urge to show our colors, to look bright, maybe act like a tulip?Blooming.
Check out more goldfinches to see their winter and spring outfits.