Thursday, June 11, 2009

It’s All About the Blue+

I have been obsessing about Blue jays for awhile. I finally saw one in our backyard two months ago – it was collecting some branches from our partly dead dogwood. So, I decided to paint a pair of blue jays but didn’t turn out the way I wanted to. I was going to throw away the painting but chose to save part of it. Here’s the part I managed to salvage– he looks a little bit blue.


And below is my apparent obsession with Charlie Harper.

“How do I get down from here,” she asks.

There were a few things I’ve learned about blue jays. For example, I did not know that blue jays are a member of the crow family or corvidae that includes ravens, rooks, jackdaws and magpies.
Furthermore, blue jays are not really blue – their vibrant blue color is a result of refraction. Once the feather is destroyed, the vibrant blue color disappears. Lastly, blue jays mimic the sound of the red-shouldered hawk when feel threatened or to deceive other birds. If you want to know more about Blue jays and other birds, visit Birdhouses 101.

2 comments:

Ben German said...

The title of the post is on another level, fitting indeed.

Happy girl in the tree trying to get down. (I say happy although the predicament could be dangerous).

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I love both of these, and your charleyharperness is wonderful too!