Everyday personal experiences with nature are the foundation to our larger appreciation of the world we live in. Recently a collector of my work named Sandy, shared a story of her affection for the common American Robin. She was interested in a piece that would celebrate her experience of caring for a Robin until it could fly away. I selected two pictures from my collection of images and offered her my first printing of either one.
Happily, Sandy selected a piece in a walnut frame that I will be shipping to her. Her choice was the image I titled Easy Pickins depicting an American Robin on a fruit laden tree. The price for the framed print which includes a nicely finished dust-cover on the back with a pocket for the Certificate of Authenticity, is $129.00. Visit my website for a full selection of available works by clicking HERE.
I always appreciate a collector sharing a story with me about an experience with nature. Recently, a customer told me about her experience with a common bird — the American Robin. I have always been fond of Robins as a sign of Spring; I also think they are an attractive bird, and very much enjoy their melodious song.
Having had purchased my bird work before, this customer asked me about my experience with Robins. That request motivated me to reconnect with some previous images of mine. As a result, I am introducing two new prints. The first piece is titled Fruitful and is of a Robin sitting on a richly fruitful branch. The second piece is titled Easy Pickins which is of a Robin framed by the branches of a fruit covered tree. Click on the names above to see them on my website.
In both images, the Robin is the clear
visual element of interest. Both images are also about the bounty of nature which birds rely on to meet their needs. The Robin is not an exotic bird, it is however, one with which we all have some memory and relationship during the year. These types of relationships, the everyday experiences with nature, are our most important.
This time of year I will spend time near food. Not just for the holiday feasts that I attend but outdoors as well. The remaining berries and other fruits still on trees become a hot-spot for bird activity. Visually, I enjoy the combination of birds and the colors that the fruit provides for an image. This past Saturday morning I spent hours working near a crab-apple tree that was still heavy with fruit. The exciting part was that a flock of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings had discovered this tree and were emptying it of its stores. The activity was fast paced and the light was rather low, but through anticipation and steadiness (tripod, image stabilization, and 400 ISO), I was able to make some images I’m pleased with.
I’ve often thought the American Robin an under appreciated bird because of it’s commonness. The birds I saw this past Saturday varied in color from quite light to still vibrant. There were dozens of them and they devoured the fruit, picking it from the stems with all sorts of physical contortions. At least half of the images I made were blurred, but where I was able to anticipate a peak moment, or the bird actually paused, I was successful in making images with sufficient detail.
It was a rush to watch the activity and in some sense to be a part of it. The few hours that I was working went quickly (as they always seem to do). Then, for reasons I can’t explain (because there was still fruit left), the birds just left and did not return. I suspect that when I return soon again, there will be nothing left on the tree. There is rarely a time that I am in the field though that some exciting natural process isn’t taking place. At least if your like me and just about any natural process is exciting.