Monday, April 29, 2013
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|Fancy Bird, Miracle Garden, Dubai, UAE © Doug Hickok All Rights Reserved|
When traveling to new destinations, I am often torn between taking lots of photos and looking at birds. After photography, birdwatching is my next favorite outdoor activity (well, add yodeling too). In fact both Becky and I enjoy birdwatching. So on trips such as this one to the UAE, I usually have camera in one hand and binoculars with birding guide in the other.
The odd fellow pictured above reminds me of the hoopoes we saw. If you have never seen a hoopoe before, it is categorically outlandish in appearance, at the very least cartoonish.
This image was made in the Miracle Garden in Dubai, an unexpected oasis of flowers. Of all the amazing places that we visited, this little Eden was one of my favorites. I loved its colorfully whimsical displays!
Yes, I know, I am an odd bird too.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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|Sunset, Charleston Battery Bench, South Battery, Charleston, SC |
© Doug Hickok All Rights Reserved
Old mortars and cannons, relics from wars fought here in the past, are put on display along Charleston's South Battery. This area is also lined with ornate wrought iron benches. On the bench arm rest is a bird motif, symbolic of another relic from the past. It represents the Carolina parakeet, which once filled the skies of the Southeast U.S. but was hunted to extinction by the 1920's.