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Good Morning Sunshine

November 17, 2014

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Sunrise in Wisconsin • photo: Phil Koch on Fine Art America DANNNNG , @Melissa Wiesner  when do I get to visit with you?

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~~Sunrise 10-30-13 ~ Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois by Michael Bennett~~ Feathery Cloud of beauty

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Hawks

August 20, 2014

Hawk is a common name for some birds of prey of varying size and distributed wildly. It is used to refer to various small to medium sized falconiform birds particularly those in the genus Accipiter (true hawks) including goshawks and sparrowhawks. It is a diurnal predatory bird (active by day) with approximately 720 species worldwide.

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All hawks have certain basic similarities such as keen eyesight, hooked beaks and taloned feet; however, diversity of forms and sizes exist between them. For instance the Bald Eagle weighs 13 pounds while the American Kestrel only weighs 4 ounces. Female hawks are bigger than male hawks and in some species can weigh twice as much as the male.

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Hawks known for their keen eyesight have four types of colour receptors in the eye. These receptors give the birds the ability to perceive a wide visible range and to see the ultraviolet range of the spectrum. They have the best eyesight in the animal world and their visual acuity is eight times better than humans. The curved talons of the hawks are used for capturing prey and their strong beaks for tearing flesh.

Most hawks mate for life however is a partner dies the remaining hawk will find a new partner immediately. Some pairs remain together even after the breeding seasons while others separate. They are partial to their breeding site, returning to it and to their mate after migration. Migration can start in the autumn and/or in spring, some migrate south and some north, and there are short distance travelers and long distance travelers.

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Hawks prefer habitats that are open like deserts and fields making it easier to find a prey. Hawks can easily live anywhere without any problems  They are easily found in mountainous plains and tropical moist areas in Central America, the West Indies, and even Jamaica. Hawks consume a variety of smaller animals including snakes, lizards, fish, mice, squirrels, rabbits and any other type of small animal found on the ground. The Red-tailed Hawk is known to consume rodents while the Red-shouldered Hawk likes to eat smaller birds like doves and bugs like grasshoppers and crickets.

Large hawks lay only one or two eggs per year while the small ones lay three to five eggs. Incubation takes about three to six weeks and after hatching the young hawks grow fairly quickly. They would stay with their parents for several weeks before attaining total independence and leave the nest.

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Gold that SPARKLES!

August 15, 2014

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Falcons

July 30, 2014

Falcons are small to medium-sized birds of prey with long and pointed wings and notched upper part of bill. They are found all across the world though they prefer the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Falcons are best known for the ruthlessness and superb flying abilities. There are more than 60 species of falcons and they are found in all habitable parts of the planet.

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Falcons are strong, fierce birds with large feet with long, carved talon and hooked bills. They are birds of prey and are therefore known for their hunting skills and known as a dominant predator within their environment. They have keen eyesight and swift in flight and pursue their prey with rapid wing beats. Falcons vary in size from 25 cm tall to more than 60 cm tall but the height of the falcon depends on the species.

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Falcons are roughly divisible into three or four groups. The first one contains the Kestrels which are a familiar sight with their pointed wings and long tails, usually small and stocky and can sometimes be sexually dimorphic. They can be seen hovering beside roadside verges. They are found in various habitats including farmlands as well as urban areas. They feed on small mammals and birds.

The second group contains slightly larger and more elegant species, the Hobbies and relatives. The Hobbies are very swift falcons with long, narrow wings and is often characterized by the considerable amount of dark slate-grey in their plumage. They feed on smaller birds and insects.

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The third group are the Peregrine Falcon and its relatives. The Peregrine Falcon is a large and powerful falcon with long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. They mostly live along river valleys, coastlines, mountain ranges and increasingly in cities. The Peregrine Falcon almost exclusively feeds on medium-sized birds such as waterfowl, songbirds, waders, doves and pigeons.

The final group contains the species of hierofalcons namely: Lanner Falcon, Laggar Falcon, Saker Falcon and Gyrfalcon. Their undersides have a lengthwise pattern of blotches, lines or arrowhead marks.

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Ranunculus

May 29, 2014

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Our Nation’s Capitol

May 26, 2014

US Marine Corps War Memorial

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National Cathedral

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Arlington National Cemetery

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April Moon Rose

May 22, 2014

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April Moon Rose is a rose of great delicate beauty. It is an ever blooming rose that offers clusters of long-lasting, sweetly fragrant 4 to 5″ double flowers that bloom from June until frost. The lemon yellow edged red buds unfurl to display double blooms of lemon yellow that are born in clusters on a continual blooming bush.

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When the weather is cool, the lemon yellow petals will develop red highlights giving the petals red edging. The foliage starts out with coppery tints and matures to be rich dark green and leathery on this rounded yet spreading shrub.

This large shrub exhibits compact growth and offers strong lemon yellow flowers with are good for cut flowers. It is best used as a specimen plant or at the back of the border or even as a foundation planting in front of your house or fence.

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This cultivar is hybridized by Dr. Griffith Buck and introduced in 1984; it is cold hardy to zone 4 and winter hardy in Iowa. Fertilize in spring just before new growth begins and keep moist until completely established. Average water is needed during growing season.

More info found at Antique Rose Emporium, Heirloom Roses and Chamblee’s Rose Nursery.

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Shetland Ponies

May 19, 2014

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Josiah Wedgwood

April 30, 2014

Josiah Wedgwood was born to Thomas and Mary Wedgwood on July 12, 1730 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. He was the eleventh and youngest child of the couple. Early on, young Josiah showed potential at pottery and at the age of nine, he left school to join the family business at Churchyard Works. His father died in 1737 so he became an apprentice to his elder brother, Thomas Wedgwood IV.

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At the age of eleven his health deteriorated after a smallpox attack leaving him with weakened right knee that made work as a potter rather difficult. Unable to work for a while he spent his days reading and researching about pottery.  Some time in his early twenties Josiah began working with Thomas Whieldon at Whieldon’s factory in Fenton Vivian, near Stoke. Josiah’s work with Whieldon was largely concerned with the improvement of ceramic bodies, colours, glazes and shapes.

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By 1759, he ended his partnership with Whieldon and opened his own business at Burslem. In 1763, he patented a gorgeous cream-coloured ware which was highly favoured by the wife of George III,  Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and it became known as the “Queen’s Ware”.

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In 1764, he married Sarah Wedgwood, his third cousin and they had seven children together. Sarah shared Josiah’s broad sense of humor and duty to family. She was intelligent and more educated so than Josiah and she helped him with his business.

In 1789, he produced a copy of the Portland Vase, a blue and white glass vase dating back to the first century BC. It took him three years on the project before he produced a satisfactory copy.

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Sometime after passing the company to his sons, he died at home in 1795, presumably of cancer of the jaw.  He was buried in the parish church of Stoke on Trent three days later.  Wedgwood’s company is still a famous name in pottery today and the term Wedgwood China is often used for its Jasperware which is still common throughout the world.

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Jasperware

March 30, 2014

Jasperware is the term used to describe the type of pottery developed by Josiah Wedgewood. Authorities described it as a type of porcelain and it is noted for its matte finish and is produced in various colors. This type of fine grained stoneware was a result of a series of experiments on the techniques of porcelain manufacturing and its name is taken from the fact that the product has the same hardness as the stone jasper.

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Jasperware was first made in 1775 and has been associated with the neoclassical sculptor and designer John Flaxman who supplied the designs to Wedgwood. In its natural state, it is white and then is stained with metallic oxide coloring agents. Jasperware is most common in pale blue coloring but it has been produced in other colors as well as such dark blue, sage green, lilac, yellow and black. The earliest produced jasperware was stained all throughout and was known as “solid” whereas the later and newer varieties were just colored on the surface and are therefore called “dips”.

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Items made of jasperware were varied including furniture mounts, vases, plaques, tableware, cameos, and portrait medallions. The popularity of jasperware was its height in 1795, which was the year of Josiah’s death. Like with every trend its popularity has come and gone with the times and jasperware produced in recent years is as collectible items  and not in the numbers it was previously.

A WEDGWOOD GREEN AND WHITE JASPER WARE TWO HANDLED BISCUIT BARREL MADE IN 1906.

Like with any stoneware the Wedgwood Jasperware can often be dated through the style of the markings or backstamps. Before 1860, the marking was the word “Wedgwood” accompanied by a single letter and other pottery marking. Between 1891 and 1908, the marks are “Wedgwood” and “England” then from 1908 to 1969, the marks changed to “Wedgwood” and “Made in England” and from 1970 to the present production, mark used is “Wedgwood Made in England”.

To date Jasperware is still being produced by Wedgwood UK and older pieces are being sold at antique houses and online auction sites.

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