Odds and Ends

Philip Marlowe’s… Photo Noir?

Philip Marlowe is the quintessential hardboiled detective of American noir, and Humphrey Bogart, who played the hard-drinking and quick-witted gumshoe in “The Big Sleep,” is the quintessential Philip Marlowe. But beyond Bogart, the character of Marlowe continues on, collecting many interpretations and portrayals along the way.

Created by crime fiction writer Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe is a product of the pulp magazines of the 1930s. Chandler, who became a professional writer late in his life, developed his style by penning short stories for publications like Black Mask and Detective Fiction Weekly. The more and more he wrote stories for the pulps, the more and more a singular character evolved from the work: a tough private investigator with a stoic demeanor, a sharp tongue, a taste for liquor, and deep inner moral compass to keep him from losing his cool or falling for femme fatales.

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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up?

Happy Days…

It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up?

Ingmar Bergman’s Style Movie…?

Get your pop corn and enjoy!

“Intricacy of the Universe”

© ˙HJ Ruiz – Avian101

What’s Up?

Busy Days!

I had my house painted by a painting company only the outside. I’ve stained my deck myself, I planted a Fig tree (Ficus Carica), I applied mulch to my trees, I trimmed some tree branches and shrubs. I feel my lower back like being broken after all the things I’ve done…and that’s only the beginning of my To Do list!

I have a photo story line,I hope you’d like. Here it is:

“Dad Finch goes out for lunch with his evil twins”

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

Book Review # 37

Raptors of Mexico and Central America

Authors: William S. Clark and John Schmitt

Publisher: Princeton University Press


“I don’t know about you… but field guides with raptors as they main subject…are exciting and quite interesting!. This field guide is one that gives you all you need to know about raptors for those locations ~ plain and simple ~

The authors are experienced and well known experts on raptors. The guide in mention has 304 pages 32 color plates and 213 color photographs covering 69 species of raptors from Mexico and countries from Central America.

Each one of the species are described with concise information such as area where they live or occur, type of habitat, behavior, status and distribution. Description, Etymology, and references. Then the colorful photos make a complete reality for a successful identification. The birder or photographer will not have to wait until the trip is over to know about the raptor in question! It’s much more exciting to be on the field and encounter a raptor and to ‘know” which one it is with certainty right there!…just like a Pro!”


Reviewed by: H.J. Ruiz  -avian101.wordpress.com – April 24th, 2017