Beautiful Mountain Bluebirds Are The BLUEST of All Bluebirds

Nesting in many remote areas, where it is less affected than the other bluebirds by competition for nest sites with Starlings and other invaders, the Mountain Bluebird was also named as the Nevada state bird in 1967.

The powder-blue male Mountain Bluebird is among the most beautiful birds of the West. Living in more open terrain than the other two bluebirds, this species may nest in holes in cliffs or dirt banks when tree hollows are not available. It often seeks its food by hovering low over the grass in open fields. During the winter, Mountain Bluebirds often gather in large flocks, even by the hundreds, sometimes associating with Western Bluebirds.

Male Mountain Bluebirds are sky-blue, a bit darker on wings and tail and a bit paler below, with white under the tail. Females are mostly gray-brown with tinges of pale blue in the wings and tail. They occasionally show a suffusion of orange-brown on the chest. Mountain Bluebirds’ bills are entirely black. Juveniles have fewer spots than the young of other bluebirds and lack spotting on the back.

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Unlike other bluebird species, Mountain Bluebirds often hover while foraging; they also pounce on their insect prey from an elevated perch. In winter, the species often occurs in large flocks wandering the landscape feasting on berries, particularly those of junipers.

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Mountain Bluebirds are common in the West’s wide-open spaces, particularly at middle and higher elevations. They breed in native habitats such as prairie, sagebrush steppe, and even alpine tundra; anywhere with open country with at least a few trees that can provide nest cavities. They also readily take to human-altered habitats, often nesting in bluebird boxes and foraging in pastures.

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For a while in the 20th century, the population was in decline, but it has managed to bounce back a bit.

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They are said to be aggressive birds, which I can believe after seeing the look on this dude’s face.

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This Artist Colorizes Old Photographs and They Look Totally Different

When we look at the old photos we notice they were all black and white grind. We ever thought we wish we could see them in colors. Or old movies that are made in the 30s-50s sometimes we have that slight imagination of how they looked in layering colors.

Since photography has always been an important part of human lives. Capturing the moment was also seen as a historical moment.

It’s a strange feeling seeing them in no colors, however, this issue is solved as this artist Sébastien de Oliveira is. Sébastien uses Photoshop to color old photographs and give them more life. The people in the photos look much more realistic and the pictures become so much more inviting. colorizing old photographs.

In one of his interviews, he stated: “I began 5 years ago to colorize some images and it became unstoppable. My three passions can combine themselves in colorization: painting, photography, and history. I spend lots of time finding images that tell a story. After spending some time on WW1 and WW2 images, now I am more interested in simple street views or peaceful ‘tranche de vie (pieces of everyday life) or colorizing portraits of actors from the golden age of Hollywood. I like to get into all the details that can be found in a photo and try to give my own interpretation

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1.  Chicago, 1941

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Sebastien de Oliveira told for the interview why he colorizes photos and how he got into it: “At the beginning, it was my hobby, but it is becoming a big part of my activity now, I am a photo retoucher and I work for the fashion industry in Paris. I have a background in Fine Arts studies so I paint and I take photos. My other passion was history, so I found a way to combine my three passions in one.”

The artist shares his strugle with colorizing photos: “I have a method so all the different stages are under control and not really difficult by themselves but the most difficult is always to choose a color for people’s clothing, because of the immensity of choice.

He also mentioned tha his favorite are the street views from the ’40s and ’50s with rounded cars and people wearing costumes, as he thinks it is so cinematographic!

2. Anonymous, France, 1967.

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3. Happy anonymous couple, 1948.

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4. Ambridge Pennsylvania, 1941. Photo by John Vachon.

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5. Rita Hayworth, eating on the beach, 1947.

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6. Anonymous, 1946.

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7. Bar at Central Park in New York by Marjory Collins, 1942.

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8. Althea Gibson Winner Of The Wimbledon Championship With Her Compatriot Darlene Hard, 1957

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9. Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) In 1956

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10. Parisian Girls Enjoying The Fun Fair, Paris, 1935

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11. Blue Island, Illinois. The Senise Family Going To The Movie, By Jack Delano, Feb 1943

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12. Jacqueline Cochran, (1906-1980), 1939.

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13. New York In 1942, By Marjory Collins

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 14. Cars And Girls, 1942

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15. Rainy Day In Pittsburgh, By John Vachon, June 1941

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16. Saturday Afternoon In Florence, Alabama, June 1942. By Arthur Rothstein

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17. Young Actresses Having A Sun Bath For A Film Promotion During The Cannes Film Festival, 1955

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18. Marilyn Monroe Resting On The Set Of The Misfits, By Eve Arnold, 1960

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19. Bergman, Hemphrey Bogart And Michael Curtis On The Set Of “Casablanca” 1939

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20. Waiting For The Bus, 1943

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