It’s time to cool things down…

We are on the edge of fall with the September 23rd autumnal equinox.
Here are some photos to celebrate the season:

Parc de Sceaux, France [Ref. 10-08-17c-11], 2008 © Lynn Geesaman
Parc de Sceaux, France [Ref. 10-08-17c-11], 2008 © Lynn Geesaman
Still Life with Pomegranates, 1993 © Kate Breakey
Still Life with Pomegranates, 1993 © Kate Breakey
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The Source, 2005 © Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Let the boots, scarves, and pumpkin picking begin!

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Birds on poles. Birds in trees. Birds in flight.

Birds have a remarkable homing instinct, allowing them to return to the same places year after year, even when they have flown halfway around the world.

Birds on Poles, Biwa Lake, Honshu, Japan, 2001 © Michael Kenna
Birds on Poles, Biwa Lake, Honshu, Japan, 2001 © Michael Kenna

Birds fly in a regular, recurrent and seasonal movement from wintering ranges to breeding areas.

Migrating Snow Geese South of Regina, Saskatchewan, 1999 © Terry Evans
Migrating Snow Geese South of Regina, Saskatchewan, 1999 © Terry Evans

Nearly 40 % of the bird species living in Europe and Asia are migratory birds, which means, in autumn, 3 to 4 thousand million birds are leaving Europe and Asia for warmer places.

Four Birds Flying, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2008 © Michael Kenna
Four Birds Flying, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2008 © Michael Kenna

These are some of our favorite trees for birds: Flowering dogwood, Crabapples, White oak, and Eastern red cedar.

Five Birds in a Tree © Kate Breakey
Five Birds in a Tree © Kate Breakey

To see more work by Kate Breakey, Terry Evans and Michael Kenna please visit our website.

New Work by Kate Breakey!

Kate Breakey’s newest series, Golden Stardust, transforms every day objects, flowers and creatures into delicate 24kt gold photographs. Made completely of 24kt gold leaf, Kate’s pieces illustrate her interest in the creation and application of this highly valued chemical element.

Cone Shell after Rembrant © Kate Breakey
Cone Shell after Rembrant © Kate Breakey

 The Element ‘Gold, (Au) can only be make in the nuclear reactor of stars.

It came to our planet when the Earth was first forming, as dust from catastrophic astronomical events –stars imploding and ejecting energy, as light and matter. The events that produce most of the gold in the universe are called ‘Gamma Ray Bursts’. This occurs when a double star consisting of two neutron stars collapses under the force of gravity. Neutron stars are the cores of dead stars. They are only a few miles in diameter; so dense that every last bit of matter has been compressed down to the density of the atomic nucleus. The two dead, dark stars spin around each other for millions of years at millions of miles per hour, constantly pulling each other closer. Then finally they touch. At that moment more energy is released than the rest of the universe combined. Much of their mass collapses into a black hole and leaves our universe forever, but the rest is released in an enormous explosion of gamma rays and newly- formed elements. Some of that star- dust flung into space, is gold. The gold in the Earth’s crust was carried here on asteroids that hit the earth, during the ‘Late Heavy Bombardment‘ 3.8 billion years ago when the Earth gained most of its mass.

 The Ancient Egyptians believed that gold was the flesh of their Sun god ‘Ra’.

– Kate Breakey

Palo Verde Beetle tiny © Kate Breakey
Palo Verde Beetle tiny © Kate Breakey
Chrysanthemem © Kate Breakey
Chrysanthemem © Kate Breakey