Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Quetzal for Christmas

It's time to put up the Christmas tree. And it's time for a new blog post. So I put the two together and came up with last year's new ornament. Plus it's the only thing I've created that even comes close to resembling a turkey. I've painted a new ornament for every year that my husband and I have celebrated Christmas together. Last year was Christmas 13. And it was the year of the Quetzal. A nod to our upcoming Costa Rica trip. I also posted some peeping tom shots of the real thing. The pictures were taken through a scope in Costa Rica's Cloud Forest. The elusive Quetzal is a beautiful bird. The males have a long tail of feathers that trails behind them in flight. But we were just happy to see one sitting in a tree.


DJan said...

Wow! What a gorgeous color that is. Nice captures, and I love the tradition of adding a new ornament each Christmas, an original one. When you are both old and gray, you can relive each Christmas through each unique ornament.

Nina Crittenden said...

Your painting is divine! Hey, guess what!?!
Your crazy cats are on my blog!!!

charmine. said...

Sharon,your work is lovely!That's a nice tradition and pl show us your tree when it's up.
Yes,it's winter here now,7-8 at night.

Don Urness said...

I think I have a Quetzal or two left over from my trip to Guatemala. It is their currency.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What beautiful birds in the photo and the art work is gorgeous.
You have such a magic eye for photography!
Your tradition is a wonderful idea!

SquirrelQueen said...

The Quetzal is a beautiful bird, what a gorgeous color. I really like the idea so a new ornament each year, it's even more special when you make them.

Taty Cascada said...

¡ QuĂ© hermosas fotos !, muy bien logradas...El colorido de esa ave es prodigioso, un beso para ti.