There are always many fireflies in Upstate New York and New Jersey during summer.
I always try to photograph fireflies but photos never come out as good as these.
Did you know that the law protecting NYC’s community gardens from being taken over by developers is about to expire?
City officials are working on new rules to protect the gardens, but unless we speak up, those rules may not be strong enough.
I just signed this petition calling on Mayor Bloomberg and City officials to make sure that the new rules PERMANENTLY PROTECT our community gardens from development. Can you take a moment to sign, too?
Nature inspired hand printed ants design pillow with organic eco-cotton insert by Bailey Doesn’t Bark. Not for people who hate ants in their bed or coffee mug:
Wear this if you absolutely love ants:
Fort Tilden beach is located in Fort Tilden Natural Area (Far Rockaway, Long Island) that surrounded by dunes, rosehip bushes, wild grapevines and maritime forest.
“Wide-open and pristine sands, a fresh sea and a rugged beachscape of barnacled bulkheads and sea-softened pilings jutting up out of the sand. Regulars at Fort Tilden smile to one another as if sharing a great little secret” - New York Times.
“Fort Tilden State Park feels like the city’s best-kept secret—an unspoiled island oasis, tantalizingly close to Manhattan. Even on a weekend at the height of summer, you’ll get a 50-yard stretch of beach to yourself. On weekdays, it’s practically all yours. On a busy day, you might see several families (mostly Russian) picnicking and grilling. How can this be? Simple: Fort Tilden is so difficult to access that only the most intrepid Robinson Crusoe types dare venture there” - NYMag.
Note: Unless you own a bike!!!!
Directions: Bedford Avenue bike lane ends in Sheepshead Bay where you have to deal with car traffic until the Marine Park bike path begins. Over the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and you’re there.
It can turn into a fun and sustainable weekend.
Opportunities to chain up a bike end early but no problem you can always take your bike with you on the shore:
The sunset viewgasm from Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on the way back, makes this a perfect bike ride experience.
How to make sofa out of pillows?
This cusioned sofa by Christiane Hoegner “uses the smallest element of a sofa - the little pillow on top - as main component. Usually used to adjust and customize your personal comfort level, it is now multiplied and piled up to the shape of a sofa” - Christiane
Dad pillows by Christiane Hoegner made from button up shirts. Great idea for DIY project and a way to reuse old shirts!
Another beautiful pillow inspired sofa and stool:
Hanabi by MottoWasabi can be freely transformed according to different needs and seating situations and it is also possible to form a sofa by combining several Hanabis together.
I am drawn to comfortable, soft accessories from reclaimed materials.
Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather by Wooly Baby as well as this upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat by Betsy & Bess...
Materials upcycled: bike chainlink, broken ceramic plates, hardware washers.
Found on Etsy.
“Почти каждый день Феня принорила Петру Ильичу цветы. Она ходила за цветами в заливные луга и рвала их долго, подбирала все одинаковые: то одну ромашку, то кипрей, то подмаренник. А когда весна входила в полную силу и всю ночь над лесом не потухала заря, Феня пробиралась в усадьбу к Липецкому и рвала там для Петра Ильича сирень.
До чего она была холодная, пахучая, росистая! Прижмешь к лицу пышные ветки - будто умоешься. Принесешь цветы, Петр Ильич возьмет за подбородок, поднимет зардевшееся лицо, скажет: “Ех ты, сероглазая!” - и обязательно чем-нибудь отдарит. А потом сядет к роялю, заиграет. сирень вся задрожит, и роса с нее польется прямо на рояль...” - Paustovsky
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And the wind, full of wantonness,
wooes like lover
The young aspen-trees till they
tremble all over.
- Thomas Moore (From Trees of America)
Paper made out of sheep poo. I personally touched it and it is very very soft.
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
“The most notable characteristic of bowerbirds is their extraordinarily complex courtship and mating behaviour, where males build a bower to attract mates. There are two main types of bowers. One clade of bowerbirds build so-called maypole bowers that are constructed by placing sticks around a sapling, in some species these bowers have a hut-like roof. The other major bowerbuilding clade builds an avenue type bower made of two walls of vertically placed sticks. In and around the bower the male places a variety of brightly colored objects he has collected. These objects — usually different among each species — may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries, and even discarded plastic items, coins, nails, rifle shells, or pieces of glass” - Wiki.
Disposable tin food containers transformed into ceramic and reusable by Lorena Barrezueta.
The most cheerful thing I know is the calm, the silence, which are so delicious, both in the forest and the fields.
-Jean Francois Milllet
Wild blackberries and red salmon berries gathered in Upstate New York, Harriman State Park. I never had salmon berries before. They are so delicious! Almost as good as or better than raspberries.
Bike fashion is really hitting its peak. There are more and more people biking Fort Tilden beach everyday. Great bike fashion blog I found recently - http://piubici.tumblr.com/
Special addition for Jen: bike helmet chic. Beautiful bike helmets:
Stylish bike helmets:
Cafe America is an upcycled galvanized steel chain-link chair with stainless steel rod and fasteners by Grain. The chair flat-packs for efficient shipping and storage. Handmade in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
“Man can better set up in a small house than in a huge castle.” - Leo N. Tolstoy
“With the loved ones you can be happy even in the smallest of places.” - Leo N. Tolstoy.
Old workshop seat.
Coffee table from recycled cable drum.
Chair from old sewing factory.
Pillows from vintage produce sacks.
Images from ArtKraft Furniture and Design.
Photos taken in Harriman State Park, NY + motylek (small butterfly)
“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.
“Protect birds - they are doctors of the forest”
“Cut down one - plant ten”
“Welcome, my feathered friends!”
Old bathtubs, shipping crates and barrels are great “upcycle material” for DIY planters.
Above: Old barrels as planters in San Diego, California.
Bathtub garden baskets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
Below: Shipping crate as garden planter.
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.
VerTerra’s disposable tableware is a great alternative to plastic and paper plates. It is made from fallen palm leaves and water only and biodegrades naturally within two months.
Above: Willow branch chandelier.
Above: Hickory Branch Chandelier.
Above: Hickory pendant light.
Handmade twig chandeliers inspired by nature. Found in Collier West.
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.
Chair redesign by Jetske Groot. Jetske finds old chairs, carefully disassembles them and recycles them into new chairs that reflect their past history. Jetske calls her series “Multiple Family”
Book LED floor lamp. The lamp’s shade opens and closes like the cover of a book. As the shade opens wider, the light shines more brightly, and as it closes, it gradually dims and turns off. Made from recycled aluminum.
Simple, non-toxic, eco-friendly biodegradable coffin!
Eco-friendly chairs made from strawboard. (Strawboard, a formaldehyde-free material made of compressed straw- an alternative to wood particleboard or fiberboard)
Invisible Street Lights designed by Jongoh Lee are in the shape of tree leaves and can be wrapped around tree branches. During the day, these leaf structures mingle in the tree’s natural leaves, harnessing and storing sunlight. At night, they provide a poetic alternative to streetlights.
National Design Triennial is on right now at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City.