LAUGHING OWL: EXTINCT 1914

laughing owl, extinct, new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), also known as Whēkau or the White-faced Owl, was an endemic owl found in New Zealand, but is now extinct. It was plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand in 1840.  By 1880, the species was becoming rare, and the last recorded specimen was found dead at Bluecliffs Station in Canterbury, New Zealand on July 5, 1914

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laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl generally occupied rocky, low rainfall areas. Being quite large, Laughing Owls were able to deal with the introduced European rats that had caused the extinction of so much of their prey; however, the stoats introduced to control feral rabbits, and feral cats were too much for the species.


January 31, 2011

WILDFLOWERS BY LAWRENCE BECK

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alpine wildflowers, contemporary photography, 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

WHAT TO DO WITH DEAD LIGHT BULBS

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I have a bunch of dead light bulbs that are waiting to be recycled.  While they are waiting they can be turned into beautiful art!  P.S (Keep away from children)  Read about it on Family Chic: http://cfabbridesigns.com

Note from ehow: A simple household light bulb can be deceptively difficult to recycle. Some light bulbs feature filaments and other parts made of mercury, contributing to the inclusion of toxins in the environment. You should collect all of your light bulbs and recycle them.


DIY IDEA: BOOK ORIGAMI

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crazy book origami, recycle old books, design squish blog

What to do with old books? Crazy book origami. Via: Unconsumption


OIL SPILL

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill from space


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January 21, 2011

LOG LOG LOG

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Stump stools by the Cumulus Project.
(The wood for these three stools was harvested from a fallen maple tree)

log stool

“Log Stools” by Kevin Heisner.

P.S (It is better than bad it is good!)


January 15, 2011

INDUSTRIAL SCARS

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Patterns in waste ash at coal- fired electrical generation station, Moncks Corner, SC

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Aerial view of bauxite waste

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Removal of Overburden from Blasting Kayford Mountain, West Virginia

Photographs by J Henry Fair


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STILLNESS

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Photographs by Helena Kvarnstrom


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THEODOR KITTELSEN

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January 08, 2011

CHILDREN OF THE FOREST

children book, children of the forest

children book, children of the forest

children book, children of the forest

Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow - my favorite childhood book.