NORTH COUNTY TRAILWAY- UPSTATE NEW YORK BIKE TRAIL







Two day hundred mile bike ride from New York to Lake Purdy and back.


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SYCAMORE SEED PODS

sycamore seeds, prospect park

Sycamore is one of the species of Platanus native to North America. It has been extensively planted in New York City as a shade tree. It can easily endure the big city environment, bears transplanting well and grows rapidly.


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April 13, 2009

PROSPECT PARK TREES

trees-in-prospect-park

prospect-park-forest

*Above: Trees in Prospect Park


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I LOVE: TAPESTRIES WITH TREES

Unicorn in Captivity Tapestry

Above:The Unicorn is Penned, the Unicorn Tapestries,
circa 1495–1505,
the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York City


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Above: Woodpecker
1885
by William Morris


April 01, 2009

CUTE CERAMIC CUPS INSPIRED BY BIRDS AND TREES…

tree and bird inspired ceramics, cups

Really cute tree and nature inspired stackable ceramic cups by Chris Koens!


March 21, 2009

FIRST FLOWERS IN DITMAS PARK, BROOKLYN


first flowers in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn


first flowers in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn


first after snow flowers in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn


first flowers after snow in Brooklyn

So it snowed a lot a couple of days ago in Brooklyn. Then, it became increasingly warm, snow melted and these first white flowers appeared. Photos are taken in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.


CATEGORIES:   GARDEN, NATURE,
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March 15, 2009

I LOVE: CHARLEY HARPER’s PRINT THE DESERT

Charley Harper poster - The Desert

I love Charley Harper’s print, The Desert. 


CERAMIC PLATES INSPIRED BY ERNST HAECKEL BIOLOGICAL DRAWINGS

ceramics inspired by nature,ceramic plates inspired by Ernst Haeckel's biological drawings, design squish blog

Beautiful ceramic plates inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s biological drawings (book named Art Forms in Nature) by Megha Patel.

 Ernst Haeckel's biological drawings - Art Forms in Nature, design squish blog

*above:  Ernst Haeckel’s book “Art Forms in Nature”


March 07, 2009

CLOUDS

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Benjamin Hemmendinger
Clouds
2009
Lithograph


Ben Hemmendinger graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is really good at painting clouds and his mom, Gail Kort, is a professional cloud painter.  I believe Benjamin painted only clouds for a year or two while studying at Cooper (although I could be wrong).
Now Benjamin resides in upstate New York.
(This posting is created by me, Anastasia Ugorskaya, watercolor/drawing artist and Cooper Union graduate)


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March 05, 2009

SNOW COVERED

painting snow, Amy Bennett, design squish blog


painting snow, Amy Bennett, design squish blog

Today is a snow storm in Brooklyn.  Speaking about snow storms, artist Amy Bennett constructs paintings where houses, villages, roads and trees look small, like tiny toy models.  In a lot of her artwork, snow is taking over.  Amy writes that her art is a lot about isolation and quietness and by transitioning her models into winter, seemed to fortify these senses. 


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March 02, 2009

VIJA CELMINS DRAWINGS

vija celmins, charcoal drawings of water

Vija Celmins
Untitled (Big Sea #2)
1969
graphite on acrylic ground on paper
33 1/2 x 44 in.


I love Vija Celmins drawings of the surface of the ocean.
“Vija Celmins immigrated to the United States with her family from Latvia when she was ten years old. She and her family settled in Indiana. Celmins received international attention early in her career for her renditions of natural scenes, often painted from photographs lacking a point of reference, horizon, or discernible depth of field.” “Celmins’s work demonstrates a remarkably close engagement with the natural world mediated by photography. Celmins has said her images dispel romantic notions of the sublime in nature.” - Wiki


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February 18, 2009

AMY ROSS DRAWINGS

mushroom surreal artwork illustration by Amy Ross

Amy Ross’ drawings, watercolors and collages have a surreal effect.  The drawings are rendered in the style of scientific illustration . It is not easy to distinguish at the first glance where the leg of the mushroom starts and the leg of a human being begins. People’s heads are morphed with mushroom legs and birds are actually flower buds on magnolia trees - Amy plays with similarities and differences of nature’s shapes.

amy ross scientific illustration: Mushroom with Mird

 
Amy Ross
Legshroom With Bird
2008
collage on paper
10 x 8 inches


I LOVE WATCHING BULLFINCH BIRDS IN THE WINTER

bullfinch snegir bird of eurasia, russia

Bullfinch (Снегирь, snegir)  is a small bird with big round red belly that lives across Europe and Asia.  It is widespread in Russia and one can spot lots of them in Moscow city around winter time. Bullfinch birds travel from Siberia to warmer climate of Moscow during winter.  They eat mostly red Rowan berries that keep hanging in multiples on Rowan trees even in coldest days. It is quite beautiful to see many red birds around red Rowan berries juxtaposed on the winter snow.  Birds look like huge red berries lost in many little ones.  I even think that is why the word red in Russian comes from the word beautiful.
I found this ceramic cup that definitely has a watercolor of bullfinch bird on it by Helen Beard, ceramicist and a watercolor artist from England:

bullfinch bird, apricot belly chikadee


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February 14, 2009

CALIFORNIA QUAILS

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I love California quails and quails in general. This is what is it says on wikipedia about California quails: “The California Quail is a highly sociable bird that often gathers in small flocks and one of the daily communal activities is the taking of dust baths. A group of quail will select an area where the ground has been newly turned or is soft, and using their underbellies, will burrow downward into the soil some 1-2 inches. They then wriggle about in the indentations they have created, flapping their wings and ruffling their feathers, causing dust to rise in the air.” (so cute!!!) 


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SEASCAPES - HIROSHI SUGIMOTO - SEVEN DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS

hiroshi sugimoto

seascape gelatin silver print

SEVEN DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS is a title of the show in Gagosian Gallery, NY and series of gelatin silver prints by Hiroshi Sugimoto.  Photographs in the show are of the sea and its horizon in locations all over the world. The photographs are taken different in time of the day and with different exposure time. All the photographs have remarkable sense of stillness and eternity. The ocean is still and seems as though it is floating in space and we are floating with it.  Hiroshi returns to the same subject repeatedly to reveal the “subtleties that he finds in the primordial sea, site of the origin and emergence of life as well as of eternal continuity”.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo. In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles to study photography at the Art Center College of Design. Now he lives and works in New York City and Tokyo.


February 13, 2009

SCOTLAND ON BIKE

bike touring scotland, design squish blog

bike scotland, design squish blog

Me and Paul are planning on bike touring Scotland this spring.  Exciting!


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February 07, 2009

GRAHAM HILL INTERVIEW



I just found this interview with Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger.com about Planet Green! Elephant journal says: “Years ago, back in the dark days of pre-Green Fad-dom (2004)<—:):), our smoggy future looked black. Four years later, Green is the new Black. (!!!!!) ”


JUSTIN SMITH COLLAGES OF MOUNTAINS

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justin smith design squish blog


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February 01, 2009

NEW YORK CITY TAP WATER ?

new york tap water

I always liked how New York City tap water tastes like.Tap’dNY is a new bottled water company based out of New York that sells…....New York City tap water!. actually, New York City water is not that bad since it travels to the city from Adirondack mountains and beautiful pure lakes upstate.  TAP’DNY get water from NYC’s public water system, purifies it through reverse osmosis and bottles it locally. This saves miles of ridiculous transportation.
New York City also had a campaign not long ago called Get Your Fill encouraging New Yorkers try to drink tap water all around the city and they even gave out NYC reusable tap water bottles!

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You can read NYC drinking water supply and quality report here: Drinking NYC Water Supply and Quality Report


January 28, 2009

DRAWING TREES…

drawing trees

This ia a drawing of a tree by Amy Talluto. Amy draws and paints a lot of trees, forest and nature landscapes. 


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January 26, 2009

GRASS HOUSE BOATS IN AMSTERDAM

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Speaking of houses with grass roofs…this peculiar boat-house is not only floating on the water but also has a green lawn backyard on the roof. It is located in Amsterdam and is a living example of the hippie times that swept through Holland in 60’s-80’s as one Dutch friend of mine pointed out.  Not only you are not wasting any fertile soil for the ground of your house, but also multiplying the amount of oxygen released by greens by growing them on the roof. Some will argue with me that this is not too hippie. Then, how about the house below?  I believe the owner is growing some very important kinds of weeds….
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January 24, 2009

ANDREW WYETH

andrew wyeth - pennsylvania landscape, watercolor

realistic watercolor portrait, andrew wyeth - best watercolor artist ever

Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors are so detailed and realistic. My favorite part about his paintings are the tiniest grasses and hairs that are visible.  Not a lot of people can master this technique.
On January 16, 2009, Andrew Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness. He was 91 years old


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January 16, 2009

I LOVE PTARMIGANS

ptarmigans - white mountain quails

I love Ptarmigans. Ptarmigans are sedentary species, breeding across arctic and subarctic Eurasia and North America. The Ptarmigan is seasonally camouflaged; its feathers moult from white in winter to brown in spring or summer. Ptarmigan’s feet are fully feathered to maintain body heat and to act as snowshoes during winter.


January 14, 2009

DRAWING OF A TREE

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Drawing of a naked tree in the winter. Watercolor, pencil and graphite on paper.


January 08, 2009

BIRDS BY CARSON ELLIS

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One of my my favorite drawings by Carson Ellis, artist from Portland, Oregon.


January 06, 2009

CERAMIC PINE CONES

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I like finding pine cones in the forest. It is fun to observe them, study them,  bring them home - put the on shelves and tables or use them as Christmas tree decorations.  These ceramic pine cones by Coe&Waito are a real masterpiece. “Each porcelain pine cone is meticulously hand sculpted capturing the intricate beauty of natural specimens” Ceramics pine cones available are black pine cone, white sprice cone, red pine cone and white pine cone.


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LIVING OFF THE LAND IN THE CITY

Manny Howard wrote a story which I read in New York Times called My Empire of Dirt in which he describes how he attepted to live off the land of his own backyard in the city of New York for one month. 
He made a plan of where and what kind of vegetables and greens he will plant and what kind of animals he will grow in his 800 square feet backyard:

A cucumbers, cantaloupes, peppers, heirloom tomatoes.
B Rabbit feed, chicken feed, six rabbit hutches, a slaughter station, a refrigerator, and four egg-laying coops.
C 1.Tomatoes, beets, celery, yellow squash, purple eggplant, a fig tree. 2 Collard greens, cucumbers, and callaloo. 3 Cabbage, eggplant, rhubarb, leeks, garlic, onions, fennel, rosemary, thyme, and mint. 4 Corn, broad beans, basil, bok choy, and parsley.
D A duck coop, a duck pond, and two wayward rabbit hutches.
E A high-rise high-capacity chicken coop.
F The potato crop: a raised bed technically known as a “drill.”


 

Whatever came out of this project you can read here:  My Empire of Dirt.  I am going to ruin it for you: it did not end well.  To live off the land one needs a much bigger backyard, maybe not in the city and maybe more the size of a real farm. Also, one needs to know well how to take care of plants well.  I think to grow additional food for your meal, like tomatoes, strawberries,peas or chives is good in the city, but not a whole meal. Chicken are also possible to grow in the city but for such clustered city like New York, maybe quails since they are smaller?

 


January 01, 2009

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