To God And Truth

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From the museum description: “Bisa Butler used thousands of brightly colored textiles to create these figures taken from an 1899 photograph of the Morris Brown baseball team. Combining hand woven Kente cloth, Nigerian hand-dyed batiks, and African and Dutch wax-resist printed cottons, Butler portrays these athletes life size…”

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, Mass.

World View

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It may be hard to tell without blowing up the photo, but the sphere by artist Virginia Jacobs, entitled “Krakow Kabuki Waltz” is covered with various kinds of fabric, a quilted ball. The artist says that it is “a distillation of the continuity and indefatigability of the spirit of folk music, dance and costume.”

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, Mass

Pheasant-Under-Grass

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I’ve been looking for this guy all year! A year ago, I caught a fleeting glance of him, but way too briefly to get a photo. With the advent of autumn, however, the Marsh bushes where he hides have been cut back–and this week I saw him running across his former stomping grounds to some still remaining bushes further off.

Ring-necked Pheasant

Marine Park Salt Marsh

Brooklyn, New York

Small, But Plucky

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This beautiful bird is an American Kestrel, sometimes called a sparrow hawk. It is part of the falcon family and it is the smallest of the raptors, about the size of a blue jay. It will eat, well, sparrows as well as mice, lizards and insects, and even starlings.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jamaica, Queens

Secret Identity Uncovered

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These little guys had me puzzled–so many sandpipers look alike to me! But when they did a short flight, they gave themselves away: their white rumps in flight marked them as–what else?–White-rumped Sandpipers. A first for me.

Plumb Beach

Brooklyn, New York