Downy In The Berries

Downy In The Berries

A Downy Woodpecker, nestled in a winter holly shrub, contemplates perhaps her flight to the next insect rich tree. Or perhaps she is wary of some unseen predator which has forced her into this camouflaged moment. Adult Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers. They produce a number of vocalizations, including a short pik call. Like other woodpeckers, the Downy also produces a drumming sound with its beak as it pecks into trees. Photographer Shelley Neff’s capture is rich with implications for an accompanying audio track. Shall the composer feature a pecking effect? Will we hear some other ambient effect that speaks of our gentle bird’s environment? Or perhaps the music will suggest in some subtle way the bird’s state of alert or the unseen threat of harm. Another approach might describe the bird’s camouflaged state, in which a rather constant sonic texture is interrupted subtly by a dissonant element. The fullness of berries, black and green, makes a wonderful canvas-filling subject for our linen finish greeting card product. We hope you will visit the Art Store and select Downy in the Berries from the Shelley Neff greeting card collection. The shopping cart button above will take you over to the...
Balancing

Balancing

It is not every day that you see a dancing duck! Our baby mallard does a happy two step, one webbed foot raised enthusiastically into the air. The detail in this wildlife photo closeup by photographer Robin Lusk is super rewarding. We sense the joy of things in nature, so completely not self-conscious. And surely that one eye that looks out at us is full of laughter. Composer Dan Goldstein’s track captures some of the off-balance feel and humor of an animal standing on one foot. It is a tripping sort of melody, treated canonically. The brass sounds approach the quacking sound we might hear from our dancing...