PINE MEADOW TRAIL, HARRIMAN STATE PARK

autumn yellow trees, hiking in  upstate new york, pine meadow lake , design squish blog

destroying angel, poganka, deadly poisonous mushroom, hiking in  upstate new york, pine meadow lake - october, design squish blog

Deadly poisonous mushroom “Destroying Angel”

moss hiking in  upstate new york, pine meadow lake - october, autumn, design squish blog

Upstate New York two weeks ago.

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October 30, 2012

POSTER

poster by federal art project in ohio, design squish blog

Poster by Federal Art Project, W.P.A, Ohio , US 1938. (Ohio is a buckeye state) Image found in The Library of Congress Photostream


May 27, 2012

HUMAN NESTS TREEHOUSES

treehouse nest, design squish blog

“Weaver’s Nest” by Porky Hefer

treehouse nest, design squish blog

“The Nest” treehouse by Bertil Harström

Inside the human nest treehouse in Big Sur - The Human Nest Treehouse

bird fashion, design squish blog

Bird inspired fashion - http://www.trendtablet.com/419-birds-2/


February 18, 2012

AMIRA FRITZ: FORESTS, FLOWERS AND PEOPLE

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

“I grew up on the countryside where my parents run a plant nursery and a flower shop.   I decided to show nature how I experienced it as a child.”

-http://www.amirafritz.com


May 21, 2011

HELLO TREE

tree waving hello, design squish blog

Above:  Tree says hi.

hug a tree, photograph, design squish blog

nature, design squish blog

Photos by Israel based photographer Ella Sverdlov

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May 12, 2011

TREES

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog


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April 14, 2011

GREEN STREETS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

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Green streets in my neighborhood Moscow, Russia(Москва, район Ленинского проспекта и ул. Обручева).  One thing I miss about growing up during Communism - the overgrowth.  Photograph by Dmitriy Chistoprudov. 

http://chistoprudov.ru/portfolio/


March 29, 2011

WILDFLOWERS BY LAWRENCE BECK

alpine wildflowers, lawrence beck, contemporary photography, design squish blog

alpine wildflowers, contemporary photography, controlled nature vs unbound nature, design squish blog

thicket, lawrence beck,  controlled nature vs unbound nature, design squish blog

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Lawrence Beck is a New York based artist who explores controlled and unbound nature. Beck takes photographs plants in national forests, city parks and botanic gardens. He celebrates the beauty of plants while undercutting this ’natural’ elegance by revealing its manufacturedness.


January 24, 2011

FALL IN PROSPECT PARK

golden tree, prospect park, brooklyn, design squish blog

Golden leaves and trees full of house sparrows in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.


house sparrows on a tree, prospect park, brooklyn, design squish blog


house sparrows , vorobej, design squish blog


November 08, 2010

TREES. ROXY PAINE

trees drawing, roxy paine, design squish blog

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Tree drawings and sculptures by Roxy Paine.


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October 03, 2010

HAPPY LITTLE TREE

happy little tree, sculpture, bob ross, design squish blog

Sculpture on Governor’s Island, New York.


September 28, 2010

SCRAP ECOLOGY:  INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL GOERS

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Above: Shelving/vase system displaying thistles, dried plants and exotic flowers.

Daniel Goers is a local Brooklyn designer, architect and artist who has a show right now called Scrap Ecology at Brooklyn coffee shop K-Dog in Lefferts Gardens.  All pieces are made from reclaimed materials except some lighting components. Daniel has been collecting scrap materials and remaking them into beautiful designs and sculptures for some time now. His other great project is in collaboration with artist Jennifer Wong called Birdtown. Fifty birdhouses were built from recycled materials and installed in Fort Greene:


http://myrtleavenuebirdtown.com/


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Above:
Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong.


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Above: Birdhouse from Birdtown.

Scrap Ecology aims to rearrange the raw materials of our urban and natural environments into objects with new meaning and purpose. These materials include abandoned shipping pallets from Red Hook, wood cutoffs from carpentry projects, recycled packaging, discarded architectural samples, donated plant stems and foraged specimens from Prospect Park and the mountains of Harriman State Park.


http://dgoers.com


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Why reclaimed materials?

New York is a great place to find raw materials to build with.  every day the streets are filled with “trash” that can be so much more. But maybe the best reason is that material is free. The reclaimed material also tends to have more character.


Do you enjoy living in New York? Would you if you had an opportunity move somewhere where there are more trees and less garbage?

Of course, New York is a great place to be a designer but my sculptures do hint at the desire to be closer to nature.  I would love to live in a barn in the mountains but in the meantime I will work to bring nature to people’s homes here.


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Above: Lamp made from glass jar moss terrariums.


Why do you think using reclaimed materials is popular today? 

It’s just marketing for many people. I like to believe that myself and many other designers simply see some intrinsic value and potential in the waste around us. What was once a shipping pallet can become a hundred new things, so why cut down another tree?  More people come to this realization and the ‘green’ movement will become less about marketing & more a part of the collective conscience.

 


September 10, 2010

POEM FOR ASPEN TREES


aspen tree poem, wind full of wantonness, design squish blog


And the wind, full of wantonness,
wooes like lover
The young aspen-trees till they
tremble all over.

- Thomas Moore (From Trees of America)



July 30, 2010

GARBAGE FIND: TREES OF AMERICA BOOK

trees of america, book found in park slope, design squish blog

trees of america, book found in park slope garbage day, design squish blog

From the book:

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I or you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind it passing thro’.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

Christina G. Rossetti


July 26, 2010

SOVIET ENVIRONMENTAL POSTERS

soviet environmental posters, design squish blog, red book protects nature

“Red List protects nature” - The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, founded in 1948, is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.

soviet environmental posters, birds-doctors of the forest

“Protect birds - they are doctors of the forest”

soviet environmental poster

soviet environmental poster, design squish blog

“Cut down one - plant ten”

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“Welcome, my feathered friends!”


June 25, 2010

LAND ART /  FOREST ART

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Signe Parsegel land art.

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Forest Art Wisconsin.

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Michel de Broin “Superficial”


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May 18, 2010

BIKE RIDE TO FORT TILDEN

bike ride to fort tilden, Fort Tilden, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY

bike ride to fort tilden, Fort Tilden, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY

Located on the Rockaway Peninsula Brooklyn, NY, Fort Tilden is mostly a natual area that was a former United States Army installation.  Fort Tilden today is largely a natural area of beach, dunes and maritime forest. Most of the old military installations are abandoned, though some buildings have been renovated and are used by local arts groups. Atop one of the old batteries, Battery Harris East, is a viewing platform offering 360-degree views.  Fort Tilden includes some of the most secluded beaches in New York.


April 19, 2010

MORE PARKS IN NEW YORK CITY: BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

brooklyn bridge park

brooklyn bridge park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park currently under construction on the Brooklyn waterfront in the vicinity of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. As of March 22, 2010 the first newly built section of the park, Pier 1, has been open to the public. !!!!!!!!!!!!


March 30, 2010

IVAN SHISHKIN AND TINY DETAILS

Ivan Shishkin, Winter

Ivan Shishkin. Winter. 1890.  Oil on canvas.

Ivan shishkin, Winter detail

(Winter, detail with bird)

Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin born in 1832,  was a Russian painter who is known for his realistic forest landscapes, paintings of wildlife, grasses and especially pine trees. I like the tiny details in his paintings. Click on the images to see in full resolution.


Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field, 1878. Oil on Canvas,

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

(The Rye Field, detail with grasses)

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

(The Rye Field, detail with birds)


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January 19, 2010

A WALK AMONG THE TREES

winter tree

TREE
Graphite on panel, 2007
18” x 24”

winter tree

WINTER TREE
Graphite on panel, 2007
18” x 24”

- By Anastasia Ugorskaya


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December 30, 2009

PINE FOREST, UKRAINE


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September 13, 2009

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

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Brunonia Serica
Ferdinand Bauer
1760-1826
from Floral Illustrations of New Holland

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Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
15th or 16th century
Gouache on vellum

old botanical illustration

From Vienna Dioscorides

old botanical illustration

From Vienna Dioscorides

old botanical illustration, grape wine, Codex Anitia Juliana

Botanical Illustration from Codex Anicia Juliana, AD 512

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From Vienna Dioscorides

lower illustration, botanical, Ferdinand Bauer

Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia)
Ferdinand Bauer
Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae
Early 19th century


botanical illustration for brooklyn botanic garden, adele rossetti morosini

Adele Morosini Rossetti (for Botanic Garden)
Rosa Abraham Darby
Watercolor , color pencil, tempera on paper



clifornia flowering plant, botanic illustration

California flowering plant


california snow flower, botanic illustration


California snow flower

peruvian flowering cactus, botanic illustration


Peruvian flowering cactus


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September 05, 2009