White as Snow

White as Snow

This parrot is standing stoically on a branch amidst the greenery. He is “white as snow.” He seems to be happy and content. I like the way he is so elegant and has such beautiful plumage. 

The photograph was taken at Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to the Vancouver Parks and Recreation website, “More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.” 

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Canada Goose Fountain

Canada Goose Fountain

I like the Canada Geese playing and frolicking in front of the fountain. I have made it black and white to make it more interesting. This picture was taken only a few weeks ago but the fountain has been already closed down due to dropping temperatures and because of the recent snow already. 

There were still Canada geese at the Duck Pond in Assiniboine Park yesterday when I went for my walk. I do not know why the few stragglers have not flown south for the winter. They should be going soon. 

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The Sphinx

The Sphinx – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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The Sphinx

Way, way on top of the eastern side of the Manitoba Legislature, is the Sphinx. It is something you can easily miss if you are not looking carefully enough. 

According to Wikipedia, “In Greek tradition, the sphinx has the head of a woman, the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird. She is mythicized as treacherous and merciless, and will kill and eat those who cannot answer her riddle. This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus.” 

In the Manitoba Legislature, the Sphinx has a male’s head instead of a female’s head which makes sense as the Egyptian sphinx usually shows as a man or androsphinx. Further to that in Wikipedia, “In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version. Both were thought of as guardians and often flank the entrances to temples.” 

I have illustrated it with a red hue for the seriousness of missing out on the riddle. 

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Pelicano

Pelicano – Photography & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Pelicano 

I took the original photograph of the Pelicano and then created an artwork from it. I love the pelicans that I see on Lake Winnipeg and water areas. My husband and I have always affectionately called these birds, Pelicanos, not realizing that that is the Spanish word for them.  

According to the What’s Your Sign website, “Pelicans are symbols of love, sacrifice and motherhood. This has to do with legends about pelicans giving their own blood and life in order to save their offspring. Pelicans remind us how self-sacrifice is often required in order to protect who and what we love.” 

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Grackle

Grackle

This is a female Great-Tailed Grackle found in Arizona. Females are brown whereas the males are black. I love they way the leaves softly and gently frame the bird. She is enjoying the shade. 

According to the Audubon Field Guide, Great-Tailed Grackles are omnivores and their diet is varied including “many insects, also spiders, millipedes, snails, crayfish, tadpoles, small fish, lizards, eggs and nestlings of other birds, and sometimes adult birds. Also eats a wide variety of seeds, waste grain, berries, fruit, and nuts.” 

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Pink Parrot

Pink Parrot

This is a photograph of a pink parrot that I took at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. I like the way she looks. I hope you do too.

I added some purple to the backdrop for special effects and a sense of cohesion with the hue levels.

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White One

Mikawoz White One

White One

This is a close-up photograph of a white parrot taken at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, BC. You can see its feather as if they are petals of a flower elegantly spread out on her body. I like the way she has her face angled.

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Scarlet Macaw

Mikawoz Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

This photograph was taken at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, British Columbia. You can see the unique patterning of the skylights in the background.

According to Wikipedia, “The scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is a large red, yellow, and blue Central and South American parrot, a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called macaws. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America.”

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Tree and Me

Mikawoz Tree and Me

Tree And Me

This is a blue-grey bird balancing on a log in the water. This photograph was taken in the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii, USA. I love the matching blues and greys in the bird and the water.

I can’t say much about this bird because I have not been able to identify it. Sorry, if anyone knows, please add a comment and I will update this post.

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Balance Me This

Mikawoz Balance Me This

Balance Me This

What a wonderful bird? It is balancing every so precariously on its perch while seeming to eat something. They are elegant birds.

According to National Geographic, “All parrots have curved beaks and all are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot, two pointing forward and two projecting backward. Most parrots eat fruit, flowers, buds, nuts, seeds, and some small creatures such as insects. Parrots are found in warm climates all over most of the world.”

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