Announcing the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store. Airing Old BAA Online Store Dirty Laundry. And finally, extensive photos of the notorious Pribs pants! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Announcing the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store. Airing Old BAA Online Store Dirty Laundry. And finally, extensive photos of the notorious Pribs pants!

What’s Up

I got lots done on Monday but am not quite sure exactly what I did. Had a great swim and am planning on another ice bath. As has been usual lately, I started and finished this blog post. It took close to four hours in all…

The Streak

Todayโ€™s blog post marks an insane 200 days in a row with a new educational (and fun) blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-โ€“and folks have been doing a really great job recentlyโ€“-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. Please remember that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.


The new BIRDS AS ART Online Store

Click here to check out the new store.

Announcing the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store

For far too long the BAA Online Store has been an embarrassment. While it has been partially functional, and many BAA friends have made thousands of purchases in the old store, an equal number of folks have been rightfully turned off and fled. Shipping has been the huge problem from day one: overseas folks would purchase a $40 CD and be billed for $87 postage… Folks who e-mail Jim their concerns were issued a timely refund of the overcharges. The old store was designed to offer US Mail as a legitimate shipping choice. That never came to be. When folks entered their address they were often baffled when the state abbreviation came up as OT. Many folks e-mailed expressing their consternation and we responded to each letting them know of the glitch in the system. And the “This Site is Not Safe” warnings will be a thing of the past. (We always kept our security certificates updated, but getting the system to consistently recognize that was simply beyond us.)

Thanks to good friend Chris Klapheke of Outdoor Photo Gear who kindly recommended a pre-packaged store from BigCommerce.Com. Thanks to the hard work of my righthand man, Jim Litzenberg, and the folks at BigCommerce.Com, the new and long overdue BIRDS AS ART Online Store is now open. All can access it here, or always, by clicking on the New BAA Online Store! tab on the left side of the lower yellow-orange Menu Bar (on most browsers). It should be just to the left of the hugely popular Used Photo Gear tab (again, on most browsers).

Loyal patrons of the old store will appreciate the ease of ordering from the new store and the deadly accurate shipping choices and function. Though you can checkout as a guest, we urge everyone to take minute to register. Doing so will allow for faster checkout and in addition, you will be able to track the status of your order. And your next visit will be that much easier.

Once you get to Checkout, be sure that “Register an account” is checked. All, including patrons of the old BAA store, will need to register (just once). Please type carefully, check your data carefully before hitting OK, and make a note of your password. If you have a question or need our help, simply click on “Contact Us.”

Big time thanks to the many who have patronized the old BAA Online Store despite the problems. All should really enjoy the new version.

Please note that it will not be too long until BAA store links in old blog posts and Bulletins will not work. We hope to have a page in place soon that will direct folks to the new store but not to the identical product page. You will need to surf around a bit.


artie (on the left in his Pribs pants) and Lou Newman at Lou’s recent photo exhibit opening in Sarasota, FL. The two baby Great Egrets in the nest image that you see on the wall in the image above was one of my very favorites from among Lou’s new exhibit images.

Photo courtesy of and copyright 2016: Kristen Herhold, Community Editor of the Sarasota Observer

The Pribs Pants

Wildlife artist Ramiel (Ram) Papsish painted my dungarees for me in 2001 after my second visit to St. Paul Island where I believe he was working as a tour guide. I ran into him on Facebook a few weeks back and decided to wear the pants to Lou Newman’s opening. They proved to be a big hit. I also learned that Ram is headed back out there this summer!

I think that I first saw some of Ram’s artwork on a poster or two on St. Paul. I was blown away by how beautifully he captured each bird as if in life. I remember thinking, “This guy really knows these birds.” Many artists paint this or that species but the shapes and proportions often do not add up to the living thing. Ram nailed every bird he painted. At some point, I realized that he had painted the filthy, dirty, ragged, threadbare jeans that he wore around the island every day with the birds of the Pribilofs. We struck a barter deal: some prints for a pair of painted Pribs pants.

I’ve worn them only a very few times but plan to change that as time is getting short :). Yeah, I know, 70 is young but I am thinking that it will be the first birthday ever to get my attention… The pants can be washed inside out in cold water I think, with a gentle detergent. Enjoy each of the pants legs below.


Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Right leg front



Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Left leg front



Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Right leg back



Artwork copyright 2001: Ramiel Papish
Left leg back

Pribilofs Pants Questions

Which is your favorite pants leg? (Be sure to note front or back) Which is your favorite bird? How many birds can you identify as to species? Go ahead, name them if you like.

Grammatical Question

I did some surfing to see if I could learn if “pants legs” needs an apostrophe somewhere. But came up empty. If you know for sure, please share.

Please Remember to use our Affiliate Links ๐Ÿ™‚

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.


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In all blog posts and Bulletins, feel free to e-mail or to leave a comment regarding any typos or errors. Just be right ๐Ÿ™‚

15 comments to Announcing the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store. Airing Old BAA Online Store Dirty Laundry. And finally, extensive photos of the notorious Pribs pants!

  • avatar Marvin

    I believe you wore these for a workshop in Haines a number of years ago.

  • avatar Leonard Malkin

    According to Wikipedia, people in the fashion industry use the word pant, meaning one article with two leg tubes. “This is nonstandard usage.” The word “pants” are like nouns that generally only appear in plural form, much like “scissors”. So “pant’s legs” is ok for fashionistas but “pants legs” is for the rest of us.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Yeah, I went there too but still nothing definitive as I understand it ๐Ÿ™‚


      ps: the “scissors’ blade” or the “scissors blade” (to refer to a single blade of the scissors)?

  • avatar Jim Brown

    At first look, I thought you two were twins ! Great art work for Art.

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    What a creative piece of artwork.
    Beautiful! Impossible to pick a favorite leg!
    Yes, one-of-a-kind!
    Does Ramiel sell his artwork? Perhaps a BAA item in future? He is a very talented artist!

    I recommend that you don’t use detergent – use a small amount of Woollite , on gentle cycle. And no dryer!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Don’t know but you can find him on Facebook. Thanks for the washing advice mother Kerry ๐Ÿ™‚


  • avatar Loren Charif

    Having been in the menswear business for 30+ years, I can confirm that there is no apostrophe in the word “pants” ๐Ÿ™‚

    When I saw them at the reception I didn’t really notice the level of detail in the artwork (actually, I didn’t want anyone to question me about looking too closely at the pants you were wearing at the time!)…absolutely fantastic, and a wonderful one-of-a-kind piece of artwork!


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Loren. My question is about the phrase, “pants’ legs,”, the legs of or belonging to the pants… a

      • avatar Loren Charif

        Ahh…I missed that. In that case, it’s generally referred to (believe it or not) as a pant leg (again, in the industry).

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Thanks. I e-mailed my grammar expert and am hoping that she is still well enough to respond… a

  • Not paying enough attention to the title of the post, boy was I surprised to see photos of pants. I was expecting a botany lesson. Congrats on the new store!

  • New store site is much better But if you click the link on the bottom right of the blog page you go to the old store

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Myer, Where on the bottom right of the blog page? (The old store is still active for a while more…) But I am not seeing what you are referring to. a

  • I love the whole thing. I think those pants are pretty cool. All you need is a matching jacket ๐Ÿ™‚ The store looks pretty awesome also.