Architecture for the Birds.


Do you feel that the fine feathered friends building nests in your yard’s trees need something a little nicer? Maybe a nice two bedroom Eichler inspired house, or something a little bit more Frank Lloyd Wright? Well Sourgrassbuilt is here to help you make sure that all the birds in your yard have a modern dwelling to call home. Designed and built by Douglas Barnhard for his company, Sourgrassbuilt, in Santa Cruz California these mid-century modern homes are pretty amazing. The birdhouses are handcrafted from valuable leftover wood and laminates that come from other furniture projects that Barnhard creates for Sourgrassbuilt. One of the really nice touches is the fact that many of the houses have small living garden space to help attract birds as well. Barnhard’s Etsy site says he is still taking orders through December 11 for Christmas delivery, so if you want be Santa to the birds this year, you better hurry.





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I Wish I Had Thought Of This.

I really do wish I had thought of this. The video below is of some crazy fun art pieces by  Juan Fontative. The pieces are constructed from discarded clocks, and push bike parts. Highlighting humming birds in flight and butterflies.

Each piece is a  perpetually looping flip book with flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies found in various other sources. The works are part film, part sculpture, and part audio.  Every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand by Fontative, from the watch sized gears, to the clips, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets

The works are mesmerizing, and hypnotic. Perfect viewing for an afternoon in the Spring.

“Birds”, by ZEITGUISED.

Here is a light hearted little two minute animation from . The animated short is a study of birds constructed in a variety of forms, all of which are taken from things related to, well, birds. The short film features some really nice CGI work, a fun little musical score and some nice sound design work. It’s fitting for a sunny April afternoon.

Arial Ballet.

The video below is a phenomenon that I have seen many many times. A large flock of starlings swarming together and flying in formation at dusk before roosting for the night. Thankfully Neels Castillon, and Mathias Touzeris captured it while preparing for a commercial shoot.

This is a nice way to start your work week.

Director: Neels CASTILLON
DOP: Mathias Touzeris
Music: Hand-made – Alt J
Location: Marseille, France

It’s For the Birds

After spending all summer trying to capture some half way decent images of the hummingbirds in my yard, I think I might have found a better solution than the OMD on a tripod with a wireless shutter release. Really what I would like is the Bird Photo Booth to house my OMD with a wireless shutter release controlled by my iPhone. None the less for $150.00 Bird Photo Booth has produced some pretty amazing sample images.


I love the retro design styling, and the fact that this can hold the GoPro Hero 3 as well as any iPhone, or iPod Touch. I also like the fact that is not software dependent allowing you to use your app of choice to talk to the camera you are using.

I just hope I can get some shots like the ones below in the future if I buy this.



Diana Beltran Herrera Paper Birds.

The new bird feeder in the backyard has made me a little obsessed this summer with my new feathered friends. Anyone that follows me on Instagram is probably aware of this do to the number of images I have been posting.

This afternoon at lunch I came across the paper sculptures of birds by Diana Beltran Herrera. There are 20 images are below, and the link will take you to her website which is currently down thanks to a traffic overload.

I love the fact that so many of these capture the birds in flight, and I love she has captured the life essence with in them, freezing the movements and interactions perfectly. Amazing stuff.

Design Friday. The Amazing Bird Photography of John&Fish


This really isn’t a “Design Friday” post in the sense that I am posting about a design topic. This is a post about these amazing photographs that were taken by John&Fish, a brother and sister team who live and work in Taipei Taiwan. As you can tell their specialty is in bird photography. I wasn’t able to track down much information about them that was in English, so I can’t really tell you anything about the gear they use or their background. According to the profile section on their Flickr stream, John is elder brother, Fish  is his younger sister, they were born in Tainan the ancient capital of Taiwan , and now live in Taipei city. They like photographing birds and spend almost every weekend (since 2005~2009) shooting in and around Taipei. John gives a limited breakdown of what he shoots with. ( Canon 1dsII body, Canon 500mm/F4, Gitzo 1548 tripod, Manfrotto 516 video fluid head. ) No specs on additional lenses, shutter speeds or f-stops. Although it is pretty obvious that they are shooting at a high frame rate with a really shallow depth of field. None of that really matters, because what is important here is the absolutely gorgeous photography. Click the link to see the entire Flickr stream. I think there are over 500 photos they have posted.