Friday, April 25, 2008
On view through May 25, 2008
Inspiring Impressionism explores how impressionist artists were inspired by their artistic predecessors—a theme rarely examined in previous exhibitions.
Through side-by-side comparisons, this show demonstrates that impressionists, who are popularly seen as artistic revolutionaries, drew inspiration from earlier artists, including Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, van Rysdael, Velazquez, and Watteau. The exhibition features about 100 works of art, including 65 artworks by impressionist painters like Monet, Degas, and Renoir. Inspiring Impressionism will be on view through May 25, 2008.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Reflection and Refraction
Animal Vision-dissecting a cow's eye! This was by far my favorite workshop of the day!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
You are currently viewing the nest of our resident Great Horned Owls, "Harold" and "Maude", located at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. If you're lucky, you'll also get a glimpse of the two small owlets that have recently hatched. The images are live, and update every three seconds.
The bird is one of the most common owls in North America, found everywhere from tundra to desert to rainforest. Known for its prominent ear tufts, the owl's wingspan measures about 40-57 inches (101-145 centimeters). They nest early, laying eggs in January or February through April. Both the male and female incubate eggs for 30-35 days.
Owls often take over a nest used by some other large bird, sometimes adding feathers to line the nest but usually not much more. This owl couple took over our ravens' nest from last year around February 18, 2008. These owls have not been the only squatters of the nest. During the summer of 2007, we had a family of sparrows who lived within the sides of the large nest.
The ravens have not been pleased with their living situation – occasionally circling the area, trying to reoccupy their home. The two owls are unconcerned with the ravens' menacing behavior,and fiercely defend their 'new' nest.
Visit often to follow the progression of the owlets!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Stumpy after a wintry ride today! I love Colorado!
It was nice to ride while the spring snow was falling. The birds were gathering big, juicy worms from the moist earth and happily singing as though they too know this snow won't last long. This weekend calls for temps. in the 70's!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I am always amazed and thankful for the weather in Colorado. You can experience multiple seasons in just one weekend! Saturday I was lucky enough to be up at Vail Pass with a friend enjoying some spring snow.
Sunday I was hiking at Flatirons Vista trail in just a t-shirt, under a bright sun and blue sky.
Flowers are here!