Volunteer Datura

September 24th, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura August 25, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura August 25, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura August 28, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura September 4, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura September 10, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura Pods September 24, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura Pod Detail
September 24, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura After Pod Removal
September 24, 2017


Volunteers with Ants

September 24th, 2017
Volunteer Sunflower

Volunteer Hibiscus with Ants

Volunteer Sunflower

Volunteer Sunflower with Ants

Volunteer Sunflower

Volunteer Datura with Ants


Not a Contemporary Tablet

September 24th, 2017

Last night I took a look at the book, Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist, and Turn. I bought it several years back when the nieces and nephews were young.

There was a single dog-eared page with the header, A 3300-Year-Old Time Capsule. According to the text, in the 1980s George Bass and a team of archeologists excavated the site of the Uluburun ship wreck off the coast of Turkey. The 3300 time capsule was a diptych.

Curious, so I googled George Bass and Uluburun ship wreck. I found additional, more complete information on the diptych in a Johns Hopkins Magazine article from 1997.

Sifting through mud that had filled a huge storage vessel, Cemal Pulak, then one of George Bass’ grad students, found fragments of wood and pieces of ivory. He pieced them together and discovered that they formed a diptych, a sort of ancient writing tablet that consisted of two wooden leaves hinged together with ivory. The leaves would have been coated with beeswax that then could be inscribed with a stylus. No one had ever before found a diptych so old.

After reading about the diptych, I then searched online for an image. This image was found on a page associated with Dr. Deborah Carlson and Jose Luis Casaban’s Introduction to Nautical Archaeology at Texas A & M University.

Uluburun diptych

Not keen of the ivory bits, but liked the idea of scratching through a surface. It is a lovely piece.

I did not continue the search to find the method used to assemble the pieces, but would have been amazing to do something similar to the staples used in some restoration.

Past Imperfect

This is an image from Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect has images of beautifully repaired objects. I am particularly fond of the glass and ceramic pieces that have been creatively repaired with the addition of a metal component.

When I made this piece as part of myTools for Rent (bronze dagger) series, I wanted to use the piece of wood for the front panel, but it was cracked. I drilled holes and wired the panel together.

Tools for Rent

The majority of my work is meant to appear to be artifact, to have had a previous life. After seeing the image of the diptych it occurred to me that in the future, I just might want to “age” the objects that I make to near the point of destruction. Then reassemble them.


Cemal Pulak, Associate Professor
Frederick R. Mayer Faculty Professor of Nautical Archaeology

George F. Bass, Professor Emeritus
Texas A&M University

Nautical Archaeology Program

Gwen Diehn, author
Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn: Books for Kids to Make


Caterpillars

September 19th, 2017

Caterpillar

Caterpillar Found on Counter
From Fresh Corn

Caterpillar

Caterpillar Found on Counter
Flip Side

Monarch Caterpillars

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar Spent a Day
in the Same Location

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar Active Again

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillars This Morning 9/20/17


September 23, 2017

Milkweed

Milkweed Eaten by Monarch

Monarch

The Monarch That Ate My Milkweed Pod


Trapped Cactus in Foyer

September 17th, 2017

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Before Cuttings

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus with Cuttings

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Cuttings…
to Make More Plants


In the Garden

September 17th, 2017

Leaf Miner

Datura Bud

Datura Pods

Datura Pod

Datura Flower with Ants

Datura Pod

Datura Volunteer in Succulent Garden

Sunflower

Sunflower Volunteer in Succulent Garden


A Monarch Came to Visit…

September 13th, 2017

or could it be the missing caterpillar?

Monarch

The Monarch was flitting from plant to plant.
Difficult to capture an image of it.

Milkweed Pod

Yesterday the First Milkweed Seed Pod Opened.

The seed pod is from a plant that I purchased. It was my backup plant, just in case the plants that I grew from seed did not survive.

In November of last year, I planted seed that I harvested from a friend’s plant. Most of the plants are blooming and are developing seed pods.

Milkweed

Since the milkweed is a temporary plant, I planted a cutting from my original Solandra maxima behind it. The leaves are yellow and a bit eaten. Systemic can’t be applied until the Monarch cycle is completed.

Solandra maxima Pod

The cutting is from this plant.


Monarch Caterpillar

Previous Posts on Monarchs

Monarch Caterpillars and Milkweed

Milkweed, a Caterpillar, and Lots of Aphids

Milkweed and Ants


Aphids on Succulent Part 2

August 30th, 2017

Aphids

Aphids on Succulent July 28, 2017

Aphids

Aphids After Treatment

Aphids

Aphids Found Again
After Treatment August 30, 2017

Aphids

Removed from Plant

Aphids

Aphids Shaken From Cutting

Aphids

Plant After Treatment

Aphids on Succulent Previous Post


What happened to the soil?

August 15th, 2017

When I pulled the plant out of the pot I found this–

Spider Plant

What happened to the soil?!

Spider Plant

Sliced the roots and popped it in the ground in its new location.
Spider Plant


Garden Visitor

August 15th, 2017

Grasshopper