Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Attracting Backyard Birds

Yellow Finch Munching Coneflower Seedpod

Ever since I found out that coneflower seedpods attract finches I stopped deadheading them. Now every fall yellow finches visit my yard to feast on these pods. The pictures are not sharp because I took these pictures from inside the living room through the glass window. Otherwise, the finches would have flown away at the slightest disturbance.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

London Diary: British Museum

Ten-Armed Ravana (carved ivory image from Tanjore, India)

If one is able to move past the harsh realization that  most of the artifacts in the Asian and African sections of the British Museum are ill-gotten booties of British colonialism, it is easy to appreciate their beauty, artistry and the craftsmanship and see why the English coveted them so much. On a recent visit to the British Museum, I managed to capture some of them on camera. Here is a look.

Srilankan Ivory

Jade Book, China

Bronze Images, Tibet

Engraved Prayer Table, Tibet

Ornate work depicting Buddha's Life Story fron Tibet

Gold and gemstone work. Thailand

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