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September 27, 2012

Here at Birds and Words, we’ve gotten a year older! To mark the momentous day, I’m going to share one of my favorite paintings with you:

“A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle” by Hendrick Avercamp (National Gallery, London)

I love the mood in Avercamp‘s painting — it has that never-ending Sunday feel to it. And I also love that no matter what angle you look at the painting from, you can conjure up a different narrative. And, if you look very closely, there are three birds in the branches of the tree. Sometimes I imagine myself there, in the background, having just devoured a cardamom bun (did they eat those in 17th century Holland or is that just a Swedish delicacy?), binoculars in hand, staring straight up at the tree — and who knows, I might just have been able to ID those birds…

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