HAPPY NEW YEAR!
|New Year's Party down the block with kids:|
the ball drops at 8:15 PM and then bedtime!
Also posted on my food blog.
|Sapeck (Eugène Bataille):|
Mona Lisa with a Pipe, 1883
|Adriaen Brouwer: The Smoker, 1630-1638|
|Adriaen Brouwer: Smokers, ca. 1636|
Metropolitan Museum of Art
|Gerrit Dou: Self-Portrait, c. 1640.|
|Gerrit Dou: Man Smoking a Pipe, c. 1650.|
|Adriaen Van Ostade: from Travelers at Rest|
|Adriaen Van Ostade: The Smoker, c. 1647.|
|Adriaen Van Ostade: Smoker at a Window, |
c. 1667. Detroit Institute of Arts
|Dirck Hals: Gentlemen Smoking and Playing Backgammon, c. 1687|
|Picasso: Woman with Cigarette, 1903|
|Picasso: The Smoker, 1964|
|Henri Matisse: The Music Lesson|
|Lucien Freud: Boy Smoking, 1950-51|
Tate Gallery, London
(atribuido a Antonio de Puga)
La taberna, ca. 1660-1670
Museo de Pontrevedra, Pontevedra, Spain
|"The Smoker" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1863)|
Detroit Institute of Arts.
|SOS Community Services|
|Snowy Plover, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Barbara|
|Snowy Egret, Chincoteague Island|
|Snow Bunting, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw, MI.;|
|Snow Geese, Watkins Lake, Jackson County, MI|
|Snowy Owl, Washtenaw County, MI|
|Dark-Eyed Junco, informally called the snowbird|
|Of course the term snowbird means something else too |
(source: Gabe Clogston)
|Flying sandhill cranes -- Len's photo.|
|A swan, canada geese, coots, and ducks swimming in one of the ponds, illustrating the incredible abundance of birds.|
In the middle distance are two groups of sandhill cranes.
|Two little snow buntings were hopping around on the road in front of us for a while.|
|Arnold Road just into Jackson County is the location of Watkins Lake|
(confusingly sometimes called Thorn Lake)
We spent the morning there yesterday in beautiful fall weather.
We were there looking for a Cackling Goose, which might just be the one on the left in this photo. Recently, ornithologists did DNA tests on the smallest Canada Geese. These geese have a somewhat smaller beak (compared to their heads, so it seems to be kind of stubby). DNA revealed that they are actually a separate species that hang out with the big guys. So we wanted to see it. Problem is, Canada Geese vary a lot in size.