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Daphne Guinness

I‘m back. omg. The dog ate my blog.

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Happy first week of June to everyone!

Hope you are enjoying summer weather wherever you may be and not the notorious June Gloom that arrived right on schedule to the day here in Santa Barbara.

We  had a hectic but fun filled week celebrating Younger Son’s graduation from high school.

We’re now officially “Empty Nesters” (Sound of page turning…)

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It’s all good though.

No, really.

I’m fine :)

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All babies leave the nest and I suppose in the scheme of things, we humans are blessed to keep ours nesting much longer than most  creatures do.

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As good a segue as any into a post about the plethora of birds we have flying about here this Spring!

Everyone is talking about it. It’s like a giant casting call for a remake of Hitchcock’s film.

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Sadly the 3 beautiful turquoise eggs in the nest right outside our window finally hatched but the babies disappeared just 2 days after they were born.

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I’m convinced it was crows as the nest was right below this window and there is no way the rose branches would support the weight of our massive raccoons.

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Then again, this guy was hanging around and looks rather scary (what is he??)

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On a lighter note,

Martin Johnson Heade

I can barely walk through the garden without getting dive-bombed  by hummingbirds- they’re so adorable and always seem to be having so much fun!

I have a feathery fashion show right outside my window every day.

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Junya Watanabe, Spring 2012

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“Hummingbirds” rug, The Rug Company

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Anndra Neen’s sculptural bird cage evening bag.

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Orpheus 8

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A tiny yellow bird perches on the Cecil Brunner roses at my desk window.

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Timorous Beasties wallpaper

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Stella McCartney and a feathered friend sharing a cuppa.

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We’ve certainly been getting a big kick out of  the ducks camping out in our stream lately.

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“Are you looking at me??”

“Maybe you didn’t hear me…

I said ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME??”

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Wampoia Club, China

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Berthe Morisot’s (1841-1895) “The Cage”

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Birdcage chandeliers at RestorationHardware.com

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Dale Chihuly (I’m guessing ?)

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A bird in the hair…

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Sanderson wallpaper

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Decorative wooden birds available (on sale 40% off) at Wisteria.com

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The Bird Whisperer

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Vogue

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Junya Watanabe Spring 2012

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.Slim Paley photo

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.Crunchy wonton noodles, melted chocolate and Jordan almond eggs (via Pinterest)

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Bird file folders and stationary both on sale right now at Wisteria.com

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Shourouk Swarovski crystal choker

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Hope you had a great weekend and are also enjoying the great outdoors.  I’ve missed you!

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63 Comments

  1. I will never know how you organize your inspirations into these beautiful arrays of pictures, art, and witty asides. Well done, Slim

  2. What awesome photos. You are so blessed to have such magnificent birds hanging around your property.

    Sue

  3. Hi Slim, Glad you’re back. I missed you. Thanks for a beautiful post. The unknown bird must be some sort of hawk or perigrine. I can’t tell how big it is from your photo- definitely a raptor though.
    Best, Ruth

  4. Slim!…..I just spent the morning looking at old posts since I was suddenly going through withdrawal! Then a read you had a graduation so I forgave you……but soooooo glad you’re back! and in great form as always…I love the shape of birdcages…..have several bamboo and old wooden ones… no birds…but I do have a sweet new grandson, Asa Quickbeam (a Celtic tree!), who I met for the first time this weekend…….sign.
    Welcome back!

  5. Slim

    You are a fine feathered friend whose birds eye view of life, art, and nature has hatched many a new idea for this little tweedy bird. Stunning photos once again.
    Many thanks.

  6. I see I’m not the only one who was ready to release the sled dogs on a search and rescue! And feliciatations to your son, what an exciting time is ahead of him.

    This post made me want to move to the country now. Actually, yesterday. Especially as there has been a non-stop brouhaha outside our windows–no, I don’t mean quaint Provencal murmurs but a Napolitan catterwall making me tire of being a townie. And if I could have that little yellow friend to stop by my desk window to say tweet, it would be a done deal. Thank you for the MUCH needed dose of beauty today.

    PS. Its a good thing those, um “creations” are Junya because otherwise they are begging for a snark attack…

  7. Love all of the fine feathered friends. I’m jealous of all of the hummingbirds you enjoy down there. One is flitting about the catmint in my courtyard this morning, such rare sightings are a real treat here! Welcome back! Congratulations to your son. My first just graduated, it is an all consuming process. Stop by to see the little party we threw.

  8. Just discussing your absence with a friend yesterday! Yay! You are back in school and congrats to your younger son who is not! Yes, a hawk and are you sure that the ‘Bird Whisperer’ isn’t the ‘Bird Squisher’?
    xo, Chris

  9. What a pretty post to come back with. We were empty nesters for 10 years, then our son came back and lived with us for a year. I thought it would be difficult, but it was delightful and I was sad to see him go. But now that he’s gone again, it’s OK. Funny how we can adapt to changes, and thank goodness we can.

  10. Glorious pics, as usual.
    I believe it is a hawk too, and it looks just like the one with Stella so maybe you can ask her?
    Have you seen the hilarious ” put a bird on it” video? Google it.

  11. Ahhh, Slim, these would be beautiful for a book for women at this stage of life…my last of four has one more year of high school, so I’m right there with you. Congratulations and condolences too – but the love still carries us along in this new out-of -nest stage…

    ALSO – my friend is not receiving your post – can someone add her back in?! stephruff1@yahoo.com

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    • Hi Julie
      So sorry but there is nothing I can do on my end to add “Stephruffi” back in. This happens occasionally, I have no idea why. If she opts “out” and then re-signs back up for email alerts it will hopefully put her back into the system.

  12. Thank you for the lovely post. I, too am suffering from June fog (and rain this morning) in Northern California – yuck! I think your predator maight be a red-shouldered hawk. I love watching hawks in my neighborhood, both in the natural settings of the Presidio and perched up on a light pole on a busy street to get the necessary vantage point.

  13. Fabulous post my fine fair feathered friend!….I’m loving all my birdies too! …Except for those big black crows who love to gobble up the little babies..I run outside and scream at them and chase them down (albeit sometimes in the nude as it maybe in the wee hours of the morn)…and the red-tailed hawks!-just the other day I was tending to the herb garden talking to my little wild bunnies (who were happily muching the tall grass in my herb garden) when a hawk missed my head by a mere inch (time to sing the wind beneath my wings) and swooped to grab the bunny….(bunny survived)….and those speed driven humingbirds, I know it will be someday when one of them flies into my head (I picture going to the emergency room w/bird beak in my brain)….that reminds me…add fine organic sugar to grocery list as they managed to finish off the last pound of azucar………word is out…”bird lady lives here”…………..love their alarm in the morning, nothing like waking up to a cool morning and only the birds and I are up…………congratuations on both graduations, I am on your same page…….blessings……………..beryl

  14. This fabulous collection of pictures lifted the June Gloom from my corner of Santa Barbara County! Welcome back to blog-world and congrats on empty nest status…we had a boomerang situation for 7 months (son and his wife and their two tiny children moved in while they saved money for a house)…and OH MY we are happy to have our empty nest back. You will love it once you get used to it.
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  15. I am always excited to see your new posts. This one was worth waiting for! Makes me want to learn how to attract pretty little birds to my new abode!

  16. You are always missed! Your posts make me sigh. Just sigh. Oh, AND want to move to California…NYC…Sri Lanka…The Four Seasons Maldives…etc. HOW do you find the most incredible images? Your Google must be on the “Refined” setting. : ) And congratulations to your little birdie on his graduation!

  17. Thank heavens you’re back! my Saturday mornings are not the same without you. As always love the fashion, and that hummingbird painting. In my garden yesterday had a visit from a great big kookaburra and a large flock of sulphur crested cockatoos. Birds everywhere it seems.

  18. Congratulations to your son Slim and we can be empty-nesters together this year. I think it means we should have more time for blogging…………we shall see as right now I am falling behind. I have a little bluebird friend these days. He/she is playing me, as soon as I grab my camera it takes off.
    Good to see you back. XO

  19. I got all day-dreamy, looking at that photo of the bedroom and it’s lovely view. Ah.
    And I love hummingbirds so much, just don’t get the lovely jewel-toned ones down here much in SoCal.

  20. Glad to have you back! Your little bird fleeing the nest <3, little birds getting stolen from the nest outside :o( and….. if I am not mistaken….. water birds looking for a place to make a nest and make babies in your garden!

  21. Congrats Slim on graduation. Its a good thing…life goes on and each chapter is exciting.
    Great post. Who doesn’t enjoy the beauty of birds?

  22. I’m like a lunatic chasing the black birds away from our yard as they lurk in wait for the baby birdies to hatch, and sometimes they don’t wait. The “mean looking” bird you showed is a red tail hawk…they are more apt to eat mice and small kittens than baby birdies. We’ve had a lot of sweet birds this year too…we live in Southern California, maybe the birds are returning in search of Hitchcock. :-)
    Glad your back and have it together after watching both sons graduate. I still get misty when I think of my boys leaving the nest. I try to keep it to myself since after so many years, Hubby just looks and shakes his head.
    Karen

  23. I think that bird might be a merlin…
    we have hawks swooping by regularly for the house sparrows that nest under our eaves.
    The raccoons here are constantly raiding the nests and digging up the grass ins search of grubs..
    we also have deer that dine on our roses…
    I don’t sound like I am in harmony with nature today but I am!

  24. Beautiful post, Slim. Congrats on your youngest son’s grad! Empty nest isn’t so bad is it? I hope you ‘tweeted’ this post.

  25. Ah yes as I write the cardinals are singing a glorious tune in my backyard. There is nothing more lifting to the spirit than to hear song birds sing. And yes I agree our fine feathered friends do seem to be rather vocal this spring. That’s a good thing.

    The bird…it’s either a hawk or a falcon…and most likely you are correct they being the perpetrator of the missing eggs I’m afraid.

    Thanks for the amazing post!!

    Lovin’ the birds!

  26. just wondring – are those Turquoise breasted beauties, complete with the female, who got a bit carried away with her blush …………. married and setting up domicilary in Santa Barbara – they are beautiful! so in love…….and quite the exotic combo. Beautious!

  27. Slim,
    This is one of your most spectacular posts!
    I’m wondering if your friend on the roof was a Cooper’s Hawk?

  28. Actually came back to see that insanely beautiful Daphne Guinness photo again (your posts are so beautiful that I often need to see them a few times). So stunning. But I also have to say that the Taxi Driver Duck photos made me laugh out loud a second time!

    I am not a Mom, so can’t know what it feels like to have an empty nest but…trying to be positive here…maybe it will give you more time for adventures? :)

  29. hi Slim – this morning over breakfast I was showing my 5 year old son ‘Overnight Annoying Emails from the US which Make My Life Difficult’ and then, in the very middle of said emails, he caught a glimpse of yours! We opened it up and saw the birds. Needless to say NOT in the same category He loved the teal birds and so do I. Always had a thing for nests and eggs. Divine . xoxo

  30. Empty nest? Not so fast! They all come home after college. At least for awhile. It’s a new kind of “feathering” the nest, though. Such a pretty post!

  31. Congrats to youngest son! And I am very impressed by the still shots you are able to get of the birds on your property. Are you dressed up in some sort of bird camouflage sneaking up on these little guys?! A dress made up of a nest perhaps?? Knowing you, I bet it is something very glamorous!

  32. Love your goldfinch outside your desk window. So pretty. Also, gotta love ducks with attitude! Hilarious. I am lucky my husband is a bird watcher and has been forever. I have collected vintage bird books for him and they are so pretty and fun to find.

    I can’t help remembering the last time we were at the Natural History Museum in London, all the gorgeous birds they have on display there that are sadly no longer on this planet. Many of their extinctions were due to hunting for hats for the Victorians. Now, our birds are disappearing due to pesticide and some fertilizer use. Another reason for people to go green in their yards if they love birds.

    Lovely post.

    xo
    Kim

  33. Yay! You’re back! Our 12th grade “promotion” is next week (with finals for the 9th grader). I’m so happy for my big girl – going all the way to St. Andrews next year! Sigh…

  34. That scary bird is a hawk. I am sure he took the baby birds. We have them on our property and this is the time of year that they hunt to feed their babies. They are known to pick up small dogs under 10 lb. I have small dogs and have to watch the dogs like a hawk. (Pun intended).

  35. The unidentified bird might be a kestral which is a raptor or bird of prey. There are many images on Google. I had one who liked to hang out on my front porch. It scared me to death several times because when I opened the door it would swoop down to fly away. I think it liked my Christmas wreath because it pulled the decorations off of it and left them at my doorstep. Red tailed hawks where I live are darker colored.

  36. People are mean…..birds are not. People kill for sport………animals do not….your readers are not very well acquainted with animals if they view them in the juvenile light of the movies.Beautiful post, beautiful photos as always.

  37. Congratulations on your son’s graduation! I know that the day when my youngest graduates is coming, but I am hoping that the next six years magically go slower than the last 6 flew by! As always, your photography is lovely, and your posts charming and delightful!

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