NEW TREND: TINY HOUSE LIVING

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“Man can better set up in a small house than in a huge castle.” - Leo N. Tolstoy

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“With the loved ones you can be happy even in the smallest of places.” - Leo N. Tolstoy.

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July 03, 2010

FLOWERS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK AND ONE BUTTERFLY

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wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

Photos taken in Harriman State Park, NY + motylek (small butterfly)


June 28, 2010

SOVIET ENVIRONMENTAL POSTERS

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“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

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“Cut down one - plant ten”

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“Welcome, my feathered friends!”


June 25, 2010

SUN BOXES

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Sun Boxes  are installations by Craig Colorusso powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.


June 22, 2010

TWIG CHANDELIERS

twig chandelier, nature inspired

Above: Willow branch chandelier. 

twig chandelier, nature inspired

Above: Hickory Branch Chandelier.

twig chandelier, nature inspired

Above: Hickory pendant light.

Handmade twig chandeliers inspired by nature.  Found in Collier West.


June 06, 2010

A FOREST FLOOR STILL LIFE…

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Forest Floor Still Life by Otto Marseus Van Schrieck. Otto was a Dutch painter best known for mysterious dark close-ups of the live undergrowth of forest floors that give detailed views of
wild flowers, weeds, thistles, and mushrooms, lives of insects.

Even though it is not really a still-life, I think this painting is particularly amazing because of how still it is.


June 04, 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

DINOSAUR TRUE COLORS

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The discovery, which the researchers reported last week in Nature, supports research showing that birds are dinosaurs, having descended from a group of bipedal dinosaurs called theropods.
Dr. Prum and his colleagues, meanwhile, had set out on a similar quest. Working with paleontologists at the Beijing Museum of Natural History and Peking University, the researchers began to study a 150-million-year-old species called Anchiornis huxleyi. The chicken-sized theropod was festooned with long feathers on its arms and legs.

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Above: Mohawk Dinosaur

Scientsts were able to assign color to individual feathers and thus work out color patterns for the entire fossil of Anchiornis huxleyi, a small, feathered, two-legged dinosaur that lived roughly 150 million years ago.  The animal would have weighed about four ounces (110 grams) and appears to have had a dark gray or black body and wings with some white feathers that gave it a stripe pattern, plus a reddish-brown crest and speckles on the face. ( Source:  New York Times and Discovery News)


March 30, 2010

EARLY SPRING MOSS

early spring moss

after winter moss

moss after snow early spring

Early spring moss in upstate New York. 


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March 21, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLISON BEONDE

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“I have been trying to visually find a means to express the turbulence, sadness and strange beauty that comes with personal struggles, relationships and dealing with one’s own personal history in a more poetic way. Whenever something arises in my life that is profound, I find that nature always mimics it, and some of the shots I take grow into more rich personal symbols as time advances. I am interested in this use of image as a sort of personal time-capsule of my own struggles with anxiety, self-doubt and frustration”  - Allison

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February 23, 2010

TROUVELOT ASTRONOMY ILLUSTRATIONS

trouvelot november meteors

November Meteors

astronomy scientific illustration, mare humorum

Mare Humorum. From Study made in 1875.

trouvelot astronomy sun as revealed by telescope

Sun as Revealed by Telescope and Spectroscope


February 20, 2010

THE LAST OF THE WILD FRONTIER LANDS

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White Wolf in Mossland, chromogenic print

Canadian artist Adam Makarenko creates series of dioramas which are then photographed with altered perspective.  Influenced by science and nature, Adam creates photographs concerned with human manipulation of nature.


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Pursuit, chromogenic print


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Cessna, archival pigment print


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HWY Drive, chromogenic print


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There is a raven on our way down the northern highway

Adam grew up in Atikokan, Northern Ontario, where the caribou once roamed. “When Adam was growing up there, Atikokan was coated in red ore dust, and boasted two of the largest ore mines in the world. It was nestled in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness, isolated from the rest of the world. In 1980 the mines shut down, and it was at that point when Adam began to nurture his artistic ideas by exploring fields of endless moss, muddy swamps, thick boreal forests, and abandoned open pit mines” - from website.


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February 18, 2010

ANDREW WYETH TREES

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Spring Beauty
1943

Found on EMPIRICISM, new blog aimed at keeping track of all things beautiful, innovative or interesting.


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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

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I actually do not remember where I found this post card or who made it but I really love it.


February 14, 2010

TREES, WINTER

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February 05, 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

FIELDS OF CANOLA

canola field

Have you ever walked in or passed by a large bright yellow field of flowers? Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is a bright yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family). In agriculture, canola are certain varieties of rapeseed oil, or the oil produced from those varieties. Today 80% of the acres sown are genetically modified canola.


January 08, 2010

MAGICAL NATURE

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Victorial from Tel Aviv, Israel and originally from Kiev, Ukraine makes these beautiful, delicate mesmerizing photographs of the natural world with different vintage film cameras.

“And he retraced his wanderings in those deep old lanes that began from the common road and went away towards the unknown, climbing steep hills, and piercing the woods of shadows, and dipping down into valleys that seemed virgin, unexplored, secret for the foot of man. He entered such a lane not knowing where it might bring him, hoping he had found the way to fairyland, to the woods beyond the world, to that vague territory that haunts all the dreams of a boy.”
Arthur Machen

-Inmost Light on Etsy


January 05, 2010

PERFECT FLOWERS

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Flower illustrations from ” Plants - 2400 copyright-Free Illustrations of flowers, Fruits and Vegetables”


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January 03, 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

FROZEN LAKE

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winter swamp grass, snow

winter grass

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Frozen lake in Pennsylvania.


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SNOW ON RUGBY ROAD

snow on rugby road, ditmas park, brooklyn

snow on rugby road, ditmas park, brooklyn

snow on rugby road, ditmas park, brooklyn

First snow on Rugby Road, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.


December 20, 2009

NEW PAINTINGS BY WALTON FORD

walton ford at paul kasmin, watercolor painting, Borodino
Walton Ford
Borodino, 2009
watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

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The Island, 2009
watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

New paintings by Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery. 


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December 19, 2009

DRAWINGS OF LICHEN

lichen, botanical illustration

lichen, botanical illustration


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December 05, 2009

INVOLUNTARY PARKS

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Involuntary Parks by Caitlin Parker.

“The continent’s imperiled rims therefore become a new kind of landscape, the Involuntary Parks. They are not representations of untouched nature, but of vengeful nature, of natural processes reasserting themselves in areas of political and technological collapse. An embarrassment during the twentieth century, Involuntary Parks could become a somber necessity during the twenty-first.” —Bruce Sterling


November 25, 2009

SKY DISSECTED

Sky Dissected - watercolor by Anastasia Ugorskaya

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