MIDWAY

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway is a photography project by Chris Jordan

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.
For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.
- Chris Jordan, Seattle, February 2011”


May 15, 2013

CONNECTING WITH BIRDS

feeding chikadees, russian postcards, soviet children book illustrations, design squish blog

soviet postcards, putting up birdhouse, design squish blog

The Canary

The free canary warbles
In leafy forest dell:
Who feels what rapture thrills her,
And who her joy can tell?

The sweet canary warbles
Where wealth and splendor dwell:
Who knows what sorrow moves her,
And who her pain can tell?

- Morris Rosenfeld


April 15, 2013

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

TAKING A TRAIN THEN HIKING: HARRIMAN STATE PARK

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park design squish blog

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park, design squish blog

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park, design squish blog

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park, design squish blog

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park, design squish blog

Above: Rhododendrons blooming everywhere.

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park, design squish blog

Above: Blueberries.  Not yet ripened

taking a train upstate, hiking, harriman state park, design squish blog

lake, harriman state park, design squish blog

Carless days. Catching a train from New York City,  Penn Station to Sloatsburg then hiking to Harriman State Park(Upstate New York)

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June 11, 2011

BIRDHOUSE

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April 03, 2011

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

laughing owl

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

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

PIGEON HOUSES

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

golubyatnya, design squish blog

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pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog  design squish blog

Pigeons need houses too?

Few decades back in Russia, almost every building courtyard had a pigeon house(pigeon loft / dovecote). There were two near where I used to live in Moscow near Molodezhnaya street.  Why? Pigeons symbolize peace? The need to care for environment and others (bird and non-bird friends)? To be used as messengers during war (haha)? White doves, brown, black and regular gray pigeons were trained to fly around the neighborhood in perfect circles.  I loved watching them flying or sitting in their pigeon lofts.  Today most of pigeon houses in Russia are abandoned or demolished.  Reasons: pigeons spread disease but most importantly care for pigeons asks for money and time. Maybe it’s not cool anymore to have pigeon keeping as a hobby..

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia,  design squish blog

“The hobby of pigeon keeping is gaining in popularity in the United States, after having waned within the last 50 years. Both the hobby and commercial aspects of keeping pigeons are thriving in other parts of the world” -Wiki

Read about John Neilko’s flock of 250 pigeons that lives on the roof of the Polonia Democratic Club in Williamsburg, New York - NYMag

 


October 27, 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

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.

mohawk dinosaur true colors
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

THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, CHARLEY HARPER

charley harper poster the rocky mountains

One of my favorite posters by Charley Harper - The Rocky Mountains.


December 21, 2009

BIRDS

 bird

bird print

inuit art, bird print

Birds by Kenojuak Ashevak. Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp, Ikirasaq, at the southern coast of Baffin Island. 


October 23, 2009

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

john james audubon, finch bird scientific illustration

john james audubon scientific illustration

john james audubon, blue birds

Falcon, scientific illustration by John James Audubon

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration poster

mushroom illustrations poster

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration, podosinoviki

hummingbird, scientific illlustration

Hummingbird

hummingbird, scientific illlustration, detail


Humming bird, detail


bird scientific illustration

Crimson necked bullfinch


September 06, 2009

DRAWING OWLS…

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This drawing by Karin Uusikorpi of an owl is incredible.  I found it by accident by looking through flickr.  Karin writes about herself:  ” I am a prairie girl born in Saskatchewan and raised in Northern Alberta. I draw, paint and play with colour. I eventually will get back to making things out of clay. I have made art in some form or another since I was little & still do. I am always picking stuff off the ground and saving it for future use - I am a self proclaimed ‘packrat’ and ‘magpie’ that routinely tries to cull the collection of stuff”


May 29, 2009

I LOVE: TAPESTRIES WITH TREES

Unicorn in Captivity Tapestry

Above:The Unicorn is Penned, the Unicorn Tapestries,
circa 1495–1505,
the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York City


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Above: Woodpecker
1885
by William Morris


April 01, 2009

CUTE CERAMIC CUPS INSPIRED BY BIRDS AND TREES…

tree and bird inspired ceramics, cups

Really cute tree and nature inspired stackable ceramic cups by Chris Koens!


March 21, 2009

I LOVE: CHARLEY HARPER’s PRINT THE DESERT

Charley Harper poster - The Desert

I love Charley Harper’s print, The Desert. 


March 15, 2009

AMY ROSS DRAWINGS

mushroom surreal artwork illustration by Amy Ross

Amy Ross’ drawings, watercolors and collages have a surreal effect.  The drawings are rendered in the style of scientific illustration . It is not easy to distinguish at the first glance where the leg of the mushroom starts and the leg of a human being begins. People’s heads are morphed with mushroom legs and birds are actually flower buds on magnolia trees - Amy plays with similarities and differences of nature’s shapes.

amy ross scientific illustration: Mushroom with Mird

 
Amy Ross
Legshroom With Bird
2008
collage on paper
10 x 8 inches


February 18, 2009

I LOVE WATCHING BULLFINCH BIRDS IN THE WINTER

bullfinch snegir bird of eurasia, russia

Bullfinch (Снегирь, snegir)  is a small bird with big round red belly that lives across Europe and Asia.  It is widespread in Russia and one can spot lots of them in Moscow city around winter time. Bullfinch birds travel from Siberia to warmer climate of Moscow during winter.  They eat mostly red Rowan berries that keep hanging in multiples on Rowan trees even in coldest days. It is quite beautiful to see many red birds around red Rowan berries juxtaposed on the winter snow.  Birds look like huge red berries lost in many little ones.  I even think that is why the word red in Russian comes from the word beautiful.
I found this ceramic cup that definitely has a watercolor of bullfinch bird on it by Helen Beard, ceramicist and a watercolor artist from England:

bullfinch bird, apricot belly chikadee


CATEGORIES:   BIRD FRIENDS, NATURE,
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February 14, 2009

CALIFORNIA QUAILS

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I love California quails and quails in general. This is what is it says on wikipedia about California quails: “The California Quail is a highly sociable bird that often gathers in small flocks and one of the daily communal activities is the taking of dust baths. A group of quail will select an area where the ground has been newly turned or is soft, and using their underbellies, will burrow downward into the soil some 1-2 inches. They then wriggle about in the indentations they have created, flapping their wings and ruffling their feathers, causing dust to rise in the air.” (so cute!!!) 


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I LOVE PTARMIGANS

ptarmigans - white mountain quails

I love Ptarmigans. Ptarmigans are sedentary species, breeding across arctic and subarctic Eurasia and North America. The Ptarmigan is seasonally camouflaged; its feathers moult from white in winter to brown in spring or summer. Ptarmigan’s feet are fully feathered to maintain body heat and to act as snowshoes during winter.


January 14, 2009

BIRDS BY CARSON ELLIS

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One of my my favorite drawings by Carson Ellis, artist from Portland, Oregon.


January 06, 2009

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