Only they know for sure...
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I found the book a but sluggish and boomerang-esque with all its back and forth through Phoebe's life over a period of many years. You do learn more about the ins and outs of the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency (Phoebe's father) but the frequent story rewinds are a bit too, "who cares" for my taste, to keep me riveted to the book. As a result of that, it took me far longer to trudge through this book than it did for me to read Kenn Kaufman's Kingbird Highway. Now that book I truly enjoyed, but back to Life List for a few more moments.
The "astonishing" part of my two word review deals with the remarkable birding accomplishments of this uniquely driven, maniacally obsessed woman. With her boundless financial resources and the understanding of her long-suffering (Purina-rising star) husband Dave; its no wonder Phoebe was able to see all the birds she has recorded on her life list. Add the threat of a shortened life due to cancer, and Phoebe let 'er really snap. She took chance after chance with both her safety and her life in pursuit of goal after goal. Some would look at this behavior and merely applaud it, however I was torn between a "you go girl" attitude, and "what the hell were you thinking?" mindset. The unfortunate scenarios that she gets herself into are the "sad" portion, and her final, untimely demise is truly the saddest thing about her life. Most will wistfully say, she died doing what she loved...I logically say, she died and that's a damn shame...I blame the van operator by the way. If there was ever a more aptly named person (who shared a bir's name) I have yet to read about them...both loners, both obsessed with flitting about in search of stuff...yep, both Phoebes indeed.
So if you want to delve deeply into (not only Phoebe Snetsinger's life) but the lives of anyone she was related to, or came into contact with, read Life List. If you want pure unfiltered Phoebe, by Phoebe; read Birding On Borrowed Time - her posthumously published autobiography. I plan to do that very thing; just as soon as Tammy buys it.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Watch For Birds?...oh yeahhh, thanks for the friendly reminder Florida!
Florida is amazing on so many levels. Bountifully beautiful weather, eternally sunny skies, no personal income tax and spectacular critters galore! While I freely admit to being captively enamored with the all avian life forms of the state, I do take the time to notice the "other" living creatures along the beach. No, not babes in bikinis, however they can be quite a distraction. Reptiles and other scaly looking mammals are what I'm referring to for purposes of this blog. With my camera always at the ready; I tend to snap pictures of damned near anything that interests me, making no apology with each click. I've even been known to photograph my airline food. Most likely because flying is such a treat for me and doing it so very seldom, I find it a huge blast when being afforded the opportunity. I guess the true romantic in me is a bit of a "memory-keeper" and since memories occur when you least expect them to...well...
What do you know about armadillos? I admit to not knowing much. Due to this fact, I have provided for the both of us ( me-Birdstud and you- Dear Reader) a handy dandy LINK that should answer just about any questions you or I might have. Interestingly enough however, one fact about them I found out I was correct about - they are generally nocturnal. So imagine my surprise when out of the blue (literally) I encountered a good view of one in broad morning daylight! Of course my propensity to be a shutter bug drove me to capture the images you see in this blog...why you ask? The answer is always; I though it was cool.
Great Blue on St. George's Island, FL