Arte y Aves

Art, Birds, and other things: All Give Praise to the Creator

Author Archive: Sylvia Jean Riggs

Mindo, Ecuador: Río Silanche

“See you at 5:00 am and we’ll go to Río Silanche”. If you know us very well, you know that for us 5:00 am is in the middle of the night! But we sacrificed in order to see some wonderful birds. At the Yellow House http://ecuadormindobirds.com  they made us sandwiches to take along for breakfast, and …

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Mindo, Ecuador: Refugio Paz de las Aves

Our second day in Ecuador we were inducted into the Ecuadorian world of birding at Refugio Paz de las Aves http://www.refugiopazdelasaves.com. Since we had to be there before dawn, we looked closely for the turnoff from the highway. What a relief to find the little wooden sign! What we didn’t realize was that once on …

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Birding Ecuador

We just returned from a month in Ecuador where we visited our daughter, Jennifer. Now, because we are birders, and Ecuador has 1, 600 amazing species of birds, we just had to see some of them. Jennifer was happy to go along with us and turned out to be an awesome spotter, as well as …

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Choices

I have a number of choices to make today as to use my time. I have a little time off of my day job and I have to decide what to do. I could read blogs (there are lots of interesting ones out there), read Facebook (I can’t decide if it is just a time waster or a good …

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Giving Thanks, My Favorite Holiday

This week Americans in the US and in foreign parts will celebrate Thanksgiving. Typically, we eat turkey and pumpkin because that is what we understand the pilgrims did when they celebrated a great harvest. Children in school learn about pilgrims and indians; people decorate their homes in fall colors; jokes abound about turkeys; stores discount cranberries and …

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Sourdough

I’ve been on a sourdough kick. A few months ago I started a starter and have been making sourdough ever since. I have made pancakes, English muffins, whole wheat breads, white breads, pita bread, pizza crust, and even cinnamon rolls. There are tons of recipes available online so I won’t go there. Just do a …

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Baby Birds

We seem to have a nursery in our backyard. My husband stirred up the compost and out ran some cockroaches. Now I totally detest cockroaches, but it turns out the Bewick’s Wrens that have been hanging out in our backyard find them to be a great delicacy! One of the wrens quickly snatched up a …

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Books, Paintings, and Birds

“All good books are truer than if they had really happened and after you’re finished reading one you feel like it happened to you and it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and places and how the weather was.”-E. Hemingway. I stole that from …

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Abstract Art

 Strictly speaking, it [abstraction] refers to art unconcerned with the literal depiction of things from the visible world—it can, however, refer to an object or image which has been distilled from the real world, or indeed, another work of art. Artwork that reshapes the natural world for expressive purposes is called abstract; that which derives from, …

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Jesus Christ Is Alive!

“I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance: that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures; that he appeared to Peter and then to all twelve apostles. …

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