Birds Art Life: A Year Of Observation

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A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant.

When it comes to birds, Kyo Maclear isn’t seeking the exotic. Rather she discovers joy in the seasonal birds that find their way into view in city parks and harbors, along eaves and on wires. In a world that values big and fast, Maclear looks to the small, the steady, the slow accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that leave room for contemplation.

A distilled, crystal-like companion to H is for Hawk, Birds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of chasing after birds in the urban environment and explores what happens when the core lessons of birding are applied to other aspects of art and life. Moving with ease between the granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as much as the outer one, this is a deeply personal year-long inquiry into big themes: love, waiting, regrets, endings. If Birds Art Life was sprung from Maclear’s sense of disconnection, her passions faltering under the strain of daily existence, this book is ultimately about the value of reconnection—and how the act of seeking engagement and beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most satisfying and meaningful lives.


  • BirdsArtLife 01 Open

    Duration: 35s
  • BirdsArtLife 02 Winter

    Duration: 17min
  • BirdsArtLife 03 December

    Duration: 22min
  • BirdsArtLife 04 January

    Duration: 24min
  • BirdsArtLife 05 February

    Duration: 28min
  • BirdsArtLife 06 Spring

    Duration: 19min
  • BirdsArtLife 07 April

    Duration: 31min
  • BirdsArtLife 08 May

    Duration: 32min
  • BirdsArtLife 09 Summer

    Duration: 22min
  • BirdsArtLife 10 August

    Duration: 22min
  • BirdsArtLife 11 Autumn

    Duration: 13min
  • BirdsArtLife 12 October

    Duration: 21min
  • BirdsArtLife 13 November

    Duration: 19min
  • BirdsArtLife 14 Winter

    Duration: 13min
  • BirdsArtLife 15 Credits

    Duration: 38s