Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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- Karen

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cardboard House

This dollhouse(or more like an apartment building) and its interior contents are all created with cardboard. If you were a cardboard character, would you live here?

Take a peek inside one of the rooms. This could be your neighbor.

Click on the last two photos to read more about this fantasy Cardboard House.

- Karen

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hummingbirds Mealtime Antics

Last week I did a post on these hummingbird babies and I am happy to report they are doing just fine as of Thursday morning despite the heatwave.
In fact, they are getting bigger and with more feathers.

When I first arrived on Thursday, the momma bird fed the baby on the inside of the nest first and then flew away.
I wished I could have gotten a better view, but there were at least 8 photographers to the right of me now.

After the feeding session, the baby who didn't get fed yet kept craning his neck to look for momma and his meal while the full-bellied baby went back to sleep.

Soon after, the momma came back with more food. Now both were fed and the world was right again, at least for this little one.
Their flying days are approaching. Soon they will soar into adulthood and this nature story will have its happy ending.

- Karen

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Follow Up: The Fine Art of Yarn Bombing

Earlier this month, I did a post about yarn bombing when I saw it for the first time at a local street fair. Lo and behold, this pastime has made national news in Time Magazine.

You can see more worldwide yarn bombing artistry on the website.
Here are a few pictures from the same link.

Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mexico City, Mexico.

Paris, France.

- Karen

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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- Karen

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hummingbird Discovery

Another hummingbird nest has been uncovered. This time not in my backyard, but at a local nature preserve.
The mother hummingbird seen here is feeding her two babies approximately 4-5 days old.

The momma comes back every so often to feed her growing chicks. They looked quite hungry with their mouths opened and pointing skyward awaiting for her return.

Unfortunately, the nest is exposed to the elements so the momma perches in such a way to block out the rising sun as she feeds her babies.

Momma continues to provide shade.
Quite a few people have come to observe this fascinating nature story, but we are worried the upcoming heatwave will be detrimental.

- Karen

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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- Karen

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mystery Lounge

I attended an Instagram-themed photo walk this past Saturday co-hosted by and
Photojojo let participants borrow their macro, fisheye, and telephoto smartphone camera lenses during the walk through San Francisco's Chinatown.
It was liberating not having to carry my heavy digital camera around for once.

I opted for the fisheye lens and took a picture of this old Chinatown bar, the Li Po Lounge. I am curious what is beyond those mysterious red doors.

If you are not familiar with Instagram, it is an iPhone photo sharing application.
If you use Instagram, feel free to Follow me at "avcr8teur" and I'll do the same for you.

- Karen

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy International Yarn Bombing Day

If you knit, you are probably aware that June 11th is International Yarn Bombing Day.
I have not heard of this pastime until a week ago at a street festival.

From what I read, it is a way of displaying your yarn artwork publicly on tree trunks, light poles, or wherever your imagination takes you.
You can read about yarn bombing here.

With everything done manually, it takes awhile to "tie" it down securely.

More examples of yarn bombing.
There is a debate of whether this is legal. What do you think?
Some consider it a form of graffiti.
I like it. I think it adds color and fun to bland looking objects.

Here is a yarn bomber at work during last weekend's street festival.

Let me know if you see any such artwork in your area.

- Karen

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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- Karen

Sunday, June 05, 2011


Does it drive or swim?
Is it a car or art?
It is street-legal but it doesn't go into the water despite having scales and fins.

It looks content being the center of attention.

It took 3 years for the artist to create this piece of traveling art.
Apparently, there is a whole community of artists who have converted their cars to works of art. Read here.
Is your vehicle ready for a makeover?

Click on the photo to enlarge it to read about the car's background.

- Karen

Friday, June 03, 2011


How to eat a cherry, Squirrel-style.
1. Steal the fruit from my tree,
2. Project its tongue outward to exam the fruit's quality.

3. Sink its teeth into the juicy fruit,
4. Leave the pit behind for me to clean up.

- Karen

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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- Karen