Tuesday, June 22, 2010


this small one is still calling loudly. i can't satisfy it. it has tiny downy feathers clinging to the big bird feathers. it is calling now, and i don't know how to help. the rain falls and it wants home. or something i am unable to interpret. there are many birds here. maybe it will survive.
wendy was greatly worried, and a wee bit scared of this powerful little person. so am i.
i made acquaintance with maple leaves, reddened with a rust or canker of some sort. eco printed on old sheeting wrapping a steel pipe, with a touch of vinegar in the hot water bath. india insists we look locally for color (colour!) maple so defines the north country.
a student's gift to me: his first welds on steel.
the color changed after leaving the dyebath, then drying, and now awaiting the hot iron and in a few days a final wash. strong, deep purples have vanished, and a blush of ochre and peach make an appearance.
for me the responsibility of living with animals, and next door to animals is always fraught with  anxiety. i used to remove and apologize to every road-killed animal i found. it was uphill work. this little bird still calls. i wish it luck, but my intervention can do no good; i am untrained in how to help. i gave it to the rosa rugosas, the arbor vitae, the other birds close by. better than on the grass where the neighbors' cat will kill it. she, however, is single minded. kill, eat, survive. i am too far removed from these pure motivations. the bird is now silent. robins are singing. i am hopeful.


aimee said...

i LOVE all the prints you are doing. my bro-in-law asked me, why are you trying to make paper here using korean bark? isn't that hugely NOT resourceful? and i said, if i had all the milkweed i wanted, i'd gladly make hanji that way. someday.

i am so glad that book found its proper home, with you!

Deb G said...

Oh that is always so hard! Nature is so determined but life is so fragile...I think ecoprints capture that too.

neki desu said...

there's very little romance in nature.it's a struggling to survive attitude or else one perishes.all these romantic views on nature make me smile.

Dianne said...

The prints are lovely... I wish the little bird much luck.

Velma said...

i was so happy with the prints! the bird--probably didn't make it, but i did what little i could.

Velma said...

aimee-lots of milkweed around here...maybe in ithaca, too?

Bonnie K said...

Sweet little bird. Gaia does her best to take care of her own. We must take comfort in knowing this.

Luscious prints. Maples are my favorite!

jude said...

these prints remind me of ghosts somehow, and how fragile things are but yet how their impression lasts.

Velma said...

i hear that insistant voice, heard it again last night, but the small one was gone.

sugar maple ghosts. i like!

Fiona said...

What a lovely little bird. Often the parents come back and find them - or so I tell myself.

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