March 24, 2012

Where have you been?

I've been nesting ...

Nesting with my son's "Green Team" ... a group of children helping to change the earth ... one child at a time.

This year's big project was adopting an Osprey, building a new perch, and installing it.

The installation took place last week in the marshes of Avalon, NJ.

This is the old nest that had to go ... it was standing on one leg.

Scoping out the new location across the bay with dad ...
and then ...
the kids were sent out by boats on a mission, to take down the old nest and put up the new one!

a little exploring on the marsh ...


It's disturbing to see all of the trash, especially PLASTIC that is removed from the old nest.

Dads and teachers carrying in the new nesting platform.

Kids,parents, and teachers together built the nesting platform a few weekends before.

The platform goes up with a giant game of tug-o-war.

Mission accomplished !!

These birds are very territorial ... they will come back this year in search of their {old} nest ... and will hopefully build a new home on their new nesting spot.

We'll make a trip back down later this summer to check on their progress.

I'm so proud of the students! ... and thank the parents and teachers that make the time for such worthwhile projects for our children.

It was a great day of learning and spending time together ... not only with my family, but also with our school family ; )

Wishing you lots of time learning and enjoying the outdoors with your little birds this weekend!


March 4, 2012

Photo editing ....

Thank you Claudia!! ... we've all heard about Picnik disappearing next month ... well just look at what fellow blogger Claudia has found, iPiccy!! 
As soon as I read her latest post I ran on over to the site to play around a bit ... girls, you'll love it!! So similar to Picnik, with some new things to explore.

I pulled the first pic off my computer and started to play ... take a look ...

Original photo ...

"Artist Portrait Painting"... special effect

"Gritty" effect ...

"Old Photo" special effect ...

I couldn't resist.
The "Wanted" poster effect ...

Something else "New" I'm playing with Facebook.
I swore I would "NEVER" be on Facebook ....
Well, what do they say? Never say never?

Hope you are having some playtime this Sunday, if not ... go check out iPiccy for yourself.

Thanks again Claudia ; )