Sunday, October 2, 2011

Found feathers

This summer, there's been a lot of discarded bird feathers around the yard.  Perhaps it is because the birds were coming to the feeders and baths more steadily in the heat and drought. 




Somewhere along the line, I started picking up some of the more colorful ones and throwing them in a container inside the front door.  I sent a packet of the 'fluffy' ones to a relative for fly tying and sent an envelope of some colorful ones to an international friend.

Any of you artistic folks that make multi-media art or jewelry pieces (Laura, Becca, Cindy, Kat, etc.) need any feathers?

89 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

How very pretty and how sweet of you to share them. I don't have a use for them with what I make, but I do enjoy seeing your images.

Felicity said...

How absolutely glorious!

If we didn't have such strict quarantine laws in Australia I be jumping up and down and screeching in a most undignified manner "Pick me! Pick me!" but alas it shan't be.

I absolutely adore the blue tinged feathers and those with patterns - true gifts from our avian friends.

Smiling and waving from across the seas,
Felicity xx

Rain said...

Your photography never ceases to amaze me!! Guess thats part of what makes life so wonderful!! These feathers would be awesome in my scrapbooking and on some of the cards I make for cardsforheros ~ we send homemade cards overseas for our soldiers to be able to send special cards back to their families!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They look neat, love the fluffy ones! Guess the birds are just trying to keep cool too:@)

Jill said...

These are so pretty! I love the idea of picking them up and keeping them all.

Sandra said...

i love the one towards the bottom that looks so fluffy. these are really great photos of them and that is a lot of feathers to collect. i am thinking you find most of them on you little piece of heaven on earth.

Buttons said...

Oh how I love feathers you have quite a beautiful collection there. I think of them as gifts to the eyes and you have proven my point. B

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Girl, if you had any idea how many boxes of feathers I have collected over my life. LOL! You have a wonderful idea of sharing them with some creative folks! beautiful photos... I even like just looking at them as well as gathering them. ;)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

oh you KNOW i love feathers...collect them all the time! and i REALLY appreciate your thinking of me :) i have JARS of feathers all over!! it's hard for me to USE them in my art...i just like to look at them! the bluejay feathers are beautiful, aren't they? they're good luck...

Dawn said...

I think they're just trying to find another way to stay cool!!!!:D
Pretty.

Deb said...

that is so cool....one of my blog pals uses them for bookmarks....

Allison said...

You can never tell where these feathers might end up... maybe tied around a teenage girl's neck as the world's coolest necklace from Texas! You rock, T.

Judy said...

Can I add a few turkey feathers to your pile that we found the other day?

Woody said...

How clever to collect them, you have quite the assortment. Feather are so amazing from a technical perspective and so beautiful from the ascetic perspective.

Bruce Clark said...

Wow that is a lot of feathers. Love the different colors and textures.

Julie G. said...

Wow, you have such a wonderful collection of feathers! The colors are beautiful. I find the blue feathers especially appealing. Lately, I have found numerous turkey feathers all over our property. We have a large gobbling family living on our acreage. The fluffy ones are my favorite.

Samantha said...

Gorgeous collection!
I stopped collecting/displaying feathers when the bird dog wouldn't leave them alone...LOL!

Bob Bushell said...

What a lot of feathers, lovely.

Ellie said...

They look absolutely lovely, all those colours. And some of them look very delicate and fluffy.

ellen abbott said...

I collect feathers too. I have several devices I stick them in but my favorite one is the old wasp nest. the little cells are perfect for holding feathers. my birds are a little stingy with their feathers though. especially the cardinals of which we have in abundance.

Susan said...

Love the feathers especially the last picture. The colors are beautiful!

Hilary said...

Wow you sure have had a lot of visitors to your yard. I got into the habit of keeping the feathers I find and placing them in various containers depending on the size of the feather. I think of them as calling cards. I also have a feather keeper which sports a few. I think yours look lovely just as they are but if you can find someone who can make art from them, all the better.

Michaele said...

What a beautiful assortment. When my girls were little they were always walking around with a feather bouquet. The last photo is especially gorgeous!

Catherine said...

I love your feather collection ~ so sweet!

I have had a lot of bird feathers discarded here lately as well. Unfortunately, I think it's more from the neighbourhood kitty prowling my back yard... bad cat! :(

xo Catherine

Lou Belcher said...

Beautiful close up shots of feathers. I love the lighting on them.

Lou

Jan n Jer said...

They are gorgeous...the colors n texture are perfect! How nice of you to share them!

Debbie said...

beautiful collection t...perhaps the birds are trimming their feathers in order to stay cooler in those hot texas temps!! haha

how kind of you to offer them to blogger friends!!

have a wonderful sunday t, i hope it's a little cooler for you today!!

bailey-road.com said...

What a collection you have! Lately. it almost seems like it's snowing here, with all the little downy feathers floating down from above. Lots of molting and preening!

Zondra Art said...

Your photos are amazing dear friends, I love them!

Kisses:)

Andrew said...

What a collection.. lovely images.
I hope somebody has a use for them.

Chatty Crone said...

What a beautiful collection you have there. I guess their loss is your gain! Sandie

Clint said...

Quite a collection ya got there! I guess it's not surprisin', seein' as how you've got gazillions of birds of every hue and feather there at the ranch...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Who would have thought that discarded feathers could look that pretty? I like the looks of these.

Louise said...

Nature's art, in its purest form. Those are beautiful pictures, they draw you back to look again.

Evelyn S. said...

No colorful feathers around here! I don't even see goldfinch feathers on the ground. I'll bet your feather container is interesting!

polkadotpeticoat said...

they look so beautiful all together.....

Nova said...

What a beautiful collection.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

What a great assortment you have gathered...We found a hawk feather the other day so I added it to my small collection of rooster and cockatiel tail feathers.

Blessings Kelsie

Karen said...

Such pretty feathers and great photos!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

You could make yourself a nice headdress with those for your next rain dance. :)

Linda R. said...

Just look at all those feathers.. I can add a couple of pigeons feathers to your pile, But I am sure you wouldn't want those..

Your shots are awesome..

Candy C. said...

Great collection of feathers! I have some found feathers in a little vase by the computer, a couple of kinds of hawk, raven, probably vulture, and even some from my pretty Ameraucana rooster!

beth said...

what a great thing to collect....kind of like me and seashells when i'm at the beach :)

Pricilla said...

They are lovely and oh, so soft

Roan said...

Way cool! I occasionally find feathers, but never think to save them.

Robin said...

Cool! There's just something about feathers that demands a picture!

Millie said...

Lovely feathers! We are drowning in feathers around here.

SweetMarie said...

Pretty, pretty feathers! Love the colors...great photos!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a great find!

I love those photos!
magical captures and colours.

Snapper II said...

They are very colorful.
You may have some birds of pray around your place.

Gillian Olson said...

That's a lot of features, and great shots too.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures, lovely colors and a LOT of feathers! I really love what you've done in the last three! Hope your day is going well!

Sylvia

Hilda R.B said...

The last one was so great. Beautiful light in it! Have a nice week to you.

Gone Country said...

What a great idea to save and share your found feathers! I purchased a lovely framed feather in Nicaragua that had a hand-painted local scene on it. Maybe you could do a painting on one of your feathers for a giveaway (hint, hint!)?

Adam Tilt said...

Great collection and a brilliant idea.

Poppy said...

Great collection of feathers, I seem to spot white feathers just about everywhere I go, I very often pick up the fluffy ones, one day I might make a little pillow with them :)

KAT said...

how very nice of you to think of others. Id love some interesting different types of feathers. Im thinking a mixed media art with feathers. Do you know which feather goes to which type of bird on any ? Im sure you do ...
- KAT -

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've always picked up feathers too, and how nice of you to share your collection! Years ago when we lived in Alaska, I found an eagle feather, but I got rid of it when I found out that having one means you could potentially face up to a year in prison, and a $100,000 fine--Unless you're a Native American or something like that--Isn't THAT crazy??!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Neat! I don't collect feathers, because most would be from our own birds, but I do collect old pieces of glass, crockery, metal, etc..., from when the farm was in it's early days. Fun!

Paula said...

Wow do I detect a little green in those first pictures? Very pretty feathers. I can't pass up a wild turkey feather now and then.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I love to collect feathers also and have quite a few , not as many as you and different . Love each and everyone of these.

troutbirder said...

Being a fly tying I do use the occasional turkey feather. Otherwise no good at IDing them...

Joe said...

I always have to stop an pick up and examine need stray feathers I come across. Never collected them but it might be a good idea.

sharon said...

beautiful feathers. Some are so light and airy. love the colors of some!

Mama-Bug said...

How cool! I never find enough feathers to have a collection. I do have a small bowl of neat rocks I find here and there! I've always got a rock or two in my pocket!

Kessie said...

Very pretty, but be careful who you tell--picking up feathers from wild birds is illegal in some states.

Margie said...

The last three shots are wonderful!! Love feathers of any kind.

Becky and Gary said...

That's alot of feathers. So many cool colors too.
B.

wayside wanderer said...

I might have a collection of my own. I've heard that it is illegal to collect feathers of migratory birds???? So, I might not have a collection. A collection of what? I can't remember. And far be it from me to ever be tempted to actually pluck a goose feather from a rather nasty, hissing goose with a really fat bottom. Oh no. Not tempted to do THAT.

Farmchick said...

I always like to find those wispy little feathers.

Angela said...

I never thought about using them for fly fishing. That is a good idea! I do know that wearing feathers in your hair is all the rage at my daughter's middle school! The kids are wearing them in their hair like crazy! They are actually having them attached where they don't come out. We found a very nice one that has a clip where you can wear them when you want and you don't have to sleep in them. Last week I seen an old lady wearing one in the front with her bangs! lol It was red! lol

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Pretty nice looking feathers. Good pictures. Have a great coming week!

bon bon said...

hi hon! lovely collection!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's quite a collection there! Beautiful colors! I bet fly tiers would really love them.

Rose said...

Nice images...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Lovely, I adore feathers. I have been told that I am not to save feathers, for they are protected and yet, I do, for they are a work of art created and I love the intircate details of feathers. Hoping that you don't have a hawk taking those birds at the feeders, for they will leave many feather gifts as they take their capture. So glad to be here;)

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, that is quite a collection of feathers. You make me wish I was a artsy crafty person.

georgettesullins said...

It's wonderful to walk through the yard or the pastures and be surprised by a feather...they always catch our eye. It leaves us wondering about the creature who left it behind.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

I don't use feathers in my crochet but that's real nice of you to share!

I changed my settings like you posted. I had no clue. I wonder why that setting wouldn't let you post a comment. Weird. Blogger is a booger sometimes. :o)

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous feathers! The lighting on your collection is awesome!

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful feathers! :)

pattisjarrett said...

You have quite a collection of feathers. I thought it was because they were so hot, they were going skinny-dipping!

barbara l. hale said...

Now, that's a cool collection! Nice variety, too. I'm impressed.

Becca said...

I love these feathers! I always see people use them in their art. The only occasional feather we see around here is pigeon feathers and of course they are not that colorful or interesting.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I just LOVE the textures in that last photo and especially the way the lighting accents it. Breathtakingly beautiful.

Cindy said...

Love,Love,Love these pictures! You are so great with your camera, I love seeing what you post each day..It is like going on a great field trip!

Margaret said...

I just adore the last few photos.. You should put them inside one of those glass lamps.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

why do looking at those feathers make me want to sneeze? achooooo

Here I Am/Carrie said...

I too was drawn to feathers for awhile and picked up so many. They say they hold a message. Now I don't seem to see so many. Either I am not looking anymore or there are no messages out there for me. Seems you are getting lots.

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