CHILDREN AND NATURE

mushrooms and babies, multi-baby postcard, design squish blog

Was Henry Darger inspired by postcard above?

idyllic landscape, design squish blog

idyllic landscape, paradise by henry darger, design squish blog


July 26, 2011

35 LEAVES SILHOUETTES

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Thirty five leaves silhouettes can be found on http://forestry.about.com


June 04, 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

MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES

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botanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, vdesign squish blog

botanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blogbotanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blog


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Moths and butterflies illustrations by Eugene Seguy


December 22, 2010

MICROCOSMS, ERNST HAECKEL

ernst haeckel illustrations, microcosm and macrocosm, design squish blog

ernst haeckel illustrations, microcosm and macrocosm, design squish blog

Botanic illustration drawings by Ernst Haeckel


November 19, 2010

FRAGILE FLOWERS: DUTCH PAINTERS AND NATURE DETAILS

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Detail from: A Still Life of Tulips and Other Flowers.
Jacob Marrel
1681, Oil on Canvas

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Details from: A Glass of flowers and Orange Twig
Abraham Mignon
1660, Oil on canvas


September 16, 2010

BOWERBIRDS

beautiful bowerbirds illustration, drawing, design squish blog

“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.


July 26, 2010

A FOREST FLOOR STILL LIFE…

a forest floor still life, design squish blog

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

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

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