bird watching

Going through my travel photos of Germany I noticed a somewhat nerdy trend in subject matter: birds and more birds. (Coming in a close second were photos of bicycles and flowers which I’ll get to in another post.)

I think a combination of sunny weather (which tends to illuminate hidden colours in feathers), beautiful parks and ponds, and my fascination with healthy-looking pigeons who eat fruit from trees as opposed to garbage, lead me to this slight obsession. I also chanced upon a beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of birds at a used book sale in Munich. A little sparrow lead me to the table on which it lay, buried under dusty postcards and old texts…actually that part didn’t really happen.

(pictured: “The World of Birds” book; nature inspired royal tableware from Vienna’s Hofburg Palace; and a delicate plastic swan pencil sharpener I just had to buy!)

And speaking of birds, here’s my illustration for Chirp’s summer issue Take A Trip.


1 Response to “bird watching”

  1. 1 alejandraporta July 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    can’t wait to see more :)

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