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Month November 2009

Those Quiet Lines

Jeanne-Claude: 1935-2009

Jeanne-Claude — artist and creative partner to Christo — passed away on November 19, 2009.

I wish I could have seen The Gates while it was on display — not to mention the other large-scale installations on which Jeanne-Claude and Christo collaborated. There are too few artists who possess the drive to work at such immense scales, who literally change the appearance of whole landscapes to communicate the sublime.

She will be missed.

(Special thanks to Youtube user videofeedback for providing (seemingly) the only decent video of The Gates installation.)

The Cat Who Came For Dinner

The Cat Who Came For Dinner

Doom knows about your freshly-stocked cupboard.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Tamacun

Yoda the Screech Owl

Yoda the Screech Owl

(According to the volunteer present, “Yoda” is named for the way he walks rather than his bright green plumage, small size, and cadence when speaking.)

Bubo and Yoda

A Great Horned Owl and a Screech Owl share a brief conversation at dusk.

(“Bubo” is the Great Horned Owl. He calls three times in this recording. Toward the end of the recording, “Yoda” — a rather diminutive Screech Owl — chimes in.)