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

EARLY SPRING MOSS

early spring moss

after winter moss

moss after snow early spring

Early spring moss in upstate New York. 


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March 21, 2010

A SET OF MISMATCHED DINING CHAIRS

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Sets of mismatched dining chairs. Life becomes much easier with mismatch!  Photos from Emma Blog, unpolished Life and Apartment Therapy.

mismatched dining chairs set, unpolished life

mismatched dining chairs set, unpolished life

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March 10, 2010

DIY:  BIRD CAGE LAMP

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I see a lot of old beautiful bird cages in the garbage. I think I threw out a few as well a long long time ago. What I did not know is that they can be transformed into beautiful lamps. This re-purposed bird cage lamp above is by PSPCA ( Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  The curtain will naturally diffuse the light acting as a lamp shade!


HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY VINTAGE SPRING AND FLOWERS POSTCARDS, march 8

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY VINTAGE SPRING AND FLOWERS POSTCARDS, march 8

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY VINTAGE SPRING AND FLOWERS POSTCARDS, march 8

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International Women’s Day vintage spring and flowers postcards.  (С 8 Марта!)

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March 08, 2010

DIY: BUILD YOUR OWN WELL

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How to hand build your own well!!! (in Russian): www.kolodec.ru


DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN BIKE MESSENGER BAG

diy bike messenger bag, billboard sign material

recycled banner bike bag, make your own messenger bike bag

I was excited to find these great “Recycled Banner Golden Mean Messenger Bags”  DIY instructions a la Freitag bike messenger bags.  (Can be made under $5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!). Comfortable, light, tough billboard sign material (waterproof). To view instructions please visit: EEIO Golden Mean messenger bag instructions
In stores, nice bike messenger bags can be $200. Making your own not only saves money but also is good for environment.  I just saw a truck driver discard a big piece of truck tarpaulin and now it is lying on the street waiting to be made into bags.


March 03, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLISON BEONDE

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“I have been trying to visually find a means to express the turbulence, sadness and strange beauty that comes with personal struggles, relationships and dealing with one’s own personal history in a more poetic way. Whenever something arises in my life that is profound, I find that nature always mimics it, and some of the shots I take grow into more rich personal symbols as time advances. I am interested in this use of image as a sort of personal time-capsule of my own struggles with anxiety, self-doubt and frustration”  - Allison

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February 23, 2010

HANDMADE RECYCLED PAPER NOTEBOOKS

handmade recycled paper notebooks

handmade recycled paper notebooks

Black Pine Books makes these beautiful high-quality, affordable alternatives to more mass-produced journals. Recycled papers are utilized when possible and all items are entirely hand-made.
Moss and Khaki notebooks are made from recycled paper and have light gray paper( 80 pages). They are saddle-stitched (also known as staple-bound)
The Dusk (Navy) journals have hand-sewn binding,  heavy dark blue cover stock and the inside has a narrow-ruled, blue lined paper (80 pages). Comes with the option of a hand-made band, which helps keep the book flat when not in use.

http://www.blackpinebooks.com/


February 20, 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


THE LAST OF THE WILD FRONTIER LANDS

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White Wolf in Mossland, chromogenic print

Canadian artist Adam Makarenko creates series of dioramas which are then photographed with altered perspective.  Influenced by science and nature, Adam creates photographs concerned with human manipulation of nature.


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Pursuit, chromogenic print


adam makarenko photography, nature

Cessna, archival pigment print


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HWY Drive, chromogenic print


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There is a raven on our way down the northern highway

Adam grew up in Atikokan, Northern Ontario, where the caribou once roamed. “When Adam was growing up there, Atikokan was coated in red ore dust, and boasted two of the largest ore mines in the world. It was nestled in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness, isolated from the rest of the world. In 1980 the mines shut down, and it was at that point when Adam began to nurture his artistic ideas by exploring fields of endless moss, muddy swamps, thick boreal forests, and abandoned open pit mines” - from website.


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February 18, 2010

ANDREW WYETH TREES

andrew wyeth and trees, spring beauty

Spring Beauty
1943

Found on EMPIRICISM, new blog aimed at keeping track of all things beautiful, innovative or interesting.


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ATAVISTIC LED TASK LAMP BY STANLEY RUIZ

minimal led task lamp

LED lamp by Brooklyn based designer Stanley Ruiz,  inspired by fabrication techniques of indigenous peoples.  An energy efficient LED strip is encased in felt, taking advantage of felt’s quality of being a fire-retardant material. 
The lamp was designed to reduce a task lamp to its bare essential- reducing the components and eliminating the use of complex machinery in production.


February 17, 2010

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

beetle love, valentines day card

I actually do not remember where I found this post card or who made it but I really love it.


February 14, 2010

RECYCLED FELT PILLOWS WITH LETTERS

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I love these computer-graphic-design-font-inspired eco-friendly pillows! Pillow sets are made from 100% recycled Plastic bottles Eco Felt .
Eco felt letter pillows by Alexandra Ferduson and Ctrl Alt Del soft pillows by Diffraction Fiber. 

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February 10, 2010

TREES, WINTER

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February 05, 2010

HIGH SPEED RAIL SYSTEM

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U.S massive high speed rail is officially on the way!

“According to one recent study, implementation of pending plans for the federally designated HSR corridors could result in an annual reduction of 6 billion pounds of CO2” - from High Speed Rail Strategic Plan.


February 01, 2010

ENRIQUE MARTINEZ CELAYA PAINTINGS

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings


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January 29, 2010

REUSING SHIPPING CRATES

recycled crates drawer

recycled wooden crates shelving system

Reusing plastic and wooden shipping crates as shelves and drawers.

recycled wooden crates shelving system

Above: Apple crates from Bailey’s Home and Garden

recycled crates furniture

Reusing plastic crates as chairs and coffee tables.

reusing shipping crates as basket for bike

Reusing shipping crates as baskets for bikes.

reusing shipping crates as basket for bikes

Above: Bike photographs from Bakfiets en Meer blog - City Cycling News and Opinions from Amsterdam.

wine crate as a basket for bike

Above: Shipping crate as bike basket.  Image from Toronto bike blog - Globe Revolution - Inspiring Everyone to a Cycling Lifestyle


January 19, 2010

IVAN SHISHKIN AND TINY DETAILS

Ivan Shishkin, Winter

Ivan Shishkin. Winter. 1890.  Oil on canvas.

Ivan shishkin, Winter detail

(Winter, detail with bird)

Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin born in 1832,  was a Russian painter who is known for his realistic forest landscapes, paintings of wildlife, grasses and especially pine trees. I like the tiny details in his paintings. Click on the images to see in full resolution.


Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field, 1878. Oil on Canvas,

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

(The Rye Field, detail with grasses)

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

(The Rye Field, detail with birds)


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SLEDDING IN THE CITY

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Above: Sledding in Central Park

sledding in prospect park

Above:  Sledding in Prospect Park

I was surprised to find out that sledding was and is a lovable activity after the snow storm in New York City Central and Prospect Parks.  Next time it starts snowing ( as it does not happen too often nowadays) I am definitely hurrying to the Prospect Park with my sled.  But what is even more surprising is that back in the days horse drawn sleigh rides were a popular activity in NYC Central Park during the winter.  Back in February of 1876, the NY Times reported over 10,000 sleighs passing through the park in one day.

sledding, sleigh rides

Above: Sleigh riding in Central Park

“The Central Park blogger recently recalled the days when the sleighs were active, noting: “For most of the latter half of the 19th century, right up until its demolition in 1915, the McGown’s Pass Tavern awarded a magnum of champagne to the first sleigh that reached it each season. The tradition was carried on with the Central Park Casino until it’s demise in 1934.” The NY Times reported on the tradition back in 1910, saying that year the snow wasn’t heavy enough for “good sleighing.” - Jen Carlson, Gothamist

snow, sleigh riding in new york city


Watch a video showing how popular sleigh rides were


January 11, 2010

OLD PLATES, NEW PLATES

reusing old plates

reusing old plates

reusing old plates

I like the idea of reusing old plates by drawing on them and arranging them on the wall alongside vintage plates. Inspiration from Fine Little Day


FIELDS OF CANOLA

canola field

Have you ever walked in or passed by a large bright yellow field of flowers? Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is a bright yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family). In agriculture, canola are certain varieties of rapeseed oil, or the oil produced from those varieties. Today 80% of the acres sown are genetically modified canola.


January 08, 2010

RECYCLED PAPER WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

Above: Images of bird illustrations wallpaper found on Katy Elliott Blog

DIY: newspaper, old book pages, drawings and illustrations as wallpaper.  ( Caution:  newspaper yellows with time.)


January 06, 2010

MAGICAL NATURE

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Victorial from Tel Aviv, Israel and originally from Kiev, Ukraine makes these beautiful, delicate mesmerizing photographs of the natural world with different vintage film cameras.

“And he retraced his wanderings in those deep old lanes that began from the common road and went away towards the unknown, climbing steep hills, and piercing the woods of shadows, and dipping down into valleys that seemed virgin, unexplored, secret for the foot of man. He entered such a lane not knowing where it might bring him, hoping he had found the way to fairyland, to the woods beyond the world, to that vague territory that haunts all the dreams of a boy.”
Arthur Machen

-Inmost Light on Etsy


January 05, 2010

RECYCLED JACKET ALPHABET PILLOWS

recycled jacket pillow

recycled jacket pillow

Pillows made from recycled suit-jackets by Hilary Cosgrove.


January 04, 2010

RECYCLED MAP ENVELOPES

recycled map envelopes

Recycled map envelopes by DIREKTRECYCLING.
(Good DIY idea too.)


PERFECT FLOWERS

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Flower illustrations from ” Plants - 2400 copyright-Free Illustrations of flowers, Fruits and Vegetables”


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January 03, 2010

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