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28apr2022

cropNot really sure why today's page never got posted: it was made before covid hit (and I stopped blogging for awhile), though it does acknowledge a loss to which even today I'm still not entirely reconciled—such a small thing, just a little pouch, bead and braid, yet it represented connection (with Japan, and one of the f2’s friends or family, not to mention my own happy memories of sometimes confounding/intriguing native Japanese while braiding on trains)

Yet it's pretty enough and shows a photographic technique I've attempted (and only still very occasionally achieve) for decades; thus, a triumph.

But for some reason, I wasn't feeling it. Well. Today I need to go make plant sticks, so I'm pulling from the archives.

So have a braid from 2019. Perhaps tomorrow I'll be back with pretty blue ephemeral flowers:)

27apr2022

cropI knew that cats couldn't taste sweetness, but I hadn't realized pandas are unable to detect umami. I learned this interesting factoid on an PBS Eons episode called Why Sour May Be The Oldest Taste. Evidently the ability to detect acid is conserved in every vertebrate species, which says to me it's important! (I would've guessed bitterness would be the one ultimately conserved, because so many toxic things are bitter, but the danger acidity posed to animals is even older;)

Some plants turn pink in the presence of acid, so if you want blue hydrangeas, you need the pH of your soil to be alkaline. (Which I strongly suspect mine is...) But lucky for me, since as much as I enjoy pink flowers, I enjoy blue violet ones, such as these Chionodoxa, even more.

26apr2022

cropBonnie Raitt has a new album out, her first since 2016 according to the NYT review where I discovered it, and the besides the positive review, the featured song, available on youtube certainly impressed me. I do believe I shall have to go out buy it, at least if it's available on CD. The sound is very much vintage Raitt, helped, I gather, by her reuniting with her old bandmates, though its sentiments reflect recent loss, particularly those of the past three covid-ravaged years.

Continuing with the pretty-pix, today's offering is a Spring Beauty crocus. I probably bought a hundred of these things, of which 4 clumps survived—but, some of those clumps are thriving, so yay.

25apr2022

cropI quite enjoyed this video essay about Frank Quitely, who among other things did the art for All Star Superman (that's the 12 month series that has that famous page of Supes listening to a suicidal kid; I liked the series, but mebbe wasn't totally blown away by it. Two others books by this artist I'd like to check out is Pax Americana, which is supposed to be a response to Watchmen, and We3, about 3 government altered pets, which from the descrip sounded like a cross between Plague Dogs and Akira, with, perhaps, a touch of The Incredible Journey thrown in....

Still haven't done all those eggs, but I photographed this birdie yesterday, and was rather happy with the pix, besides which having a bunch of garden photos of bulbs, some of which I'd like to document before I forget what they are again. So I guess this week's theme is garden/photography.

22apr2022

cropSome time ago, I posted a link to a vid about cottagecore, which I guess is now considered the vanguard movement in a larger vernacular romanticism that some folks, at least, are calling neo-aestheticism, and are drawing parallels Victorian Aestheticism of which the ‘Pre-Raphaelite’ movement and Art Noveau (a decade later) in England, (and the Arts and Crafts movement in the US) were what my art history teachers called the visual art bits of Victorian romanticism. I loved that stuff; they hated it. Or at least didn't consider it “real” art, as opposed to craft. —It was just too pretty and accessible when the big thing was not-even-actually-built concept art. (I returned the favour by not much caring for concept art, 12 tone music and all the stuff then currently in fashion.)

Some of the above vid comments about Cottagecore (& to a lesser extent, Dark Academia, which has an explicit literary component) note that this back to nature/craft/slow-living was also a thing back in the 70s (and possibly the 2000s?) —I remember the 70s one; that's when I got into embroidery. I was too young to participate otherwise in this political movement, but the focus on ecology, recycling, etc was certainly there. It just got burnt to the ground by the 80s and Reaganism.

Anyway. The video is a bit rambling, but I enjoyed seeing the parallels. But if that doesn't appeal, well, after years of only putting out leaves, one of my amaryllis bloomed. I was pretty chuffed, so I'm sharing. Enjoy.

21apr2022

cropYeah, I was gonna do those 2017 eggs, but there's so many images, I think I'll spread them over an entire week, so we're back to bunnies:)

Via pocket, a quick tip for safer driving in emergency situations, that not only works for cars, but bikes, skates, etc. And it's so simple!

Or you can check out my multiplying bunnies.