Billbergia nutans

January 10th, 2021

Queen’s Tears
Bromeliads

Bromeliads

San Marcos Growers–Billbergia nutans

World of Succulents–Billbergia nutans


Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

December 26th, 2020

The courtyard garden needs cleaning and clearing. The drought offers loads of dropped oak leaves and pine needles.

Passiflora and Pandorea vines growing on the trellises need some care.

Passiflora and Pandorea

When I started to clean and clear the dead bits and the dropped oak leaves and pine needles, I saw a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.

Caterpillar

This morning I found another one.

Caterpillar

Late for them to be hanging around the garden. Good that there is plenty fo food for them.

If they make it through the chrysalis process, this is how the will emerge.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

The chrysalis of the Gulf Fritillary looks a bit like a dead leaf.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Plan to put the cleaning on hold to give the caterpillars a chance of becoming butterflies.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2020

Dashiell Greeting
Dash, Happy Holidays

Elliot Greeting
Elliot, Merry Christmas


Photo Illusion

December 19th, 2020

I made some macrame ornament gifts for our niece who recently moved to New Zealand.

Macrame Gifts

I used yarn from her grandmother’s stash to make the tree. Even the large green bead was from her grandmother’s craft stash. Her grandmother died in 2011. I thought it would be a nice connection.

I documented the ornaments on a piece of canvas. When I shot detail images of the snowflake an odd thing happened.

Snowflake 1

This is the same image rotated 180º.

Snowflake 1


Converted Egyptian Paste Piece

November 29th, 2020

While reorganizing my garage studio space I found one of my Egyptian Paste test pieces had apparently been used as a hotel for mice.

Egyptian Paste Box

The mice managed to get in the garage and found all of the dried and drying plant materials sustaining.

Mouse

When I was cleaning the space after the mice were relocated, it didn’t occur to me that I should look through the boxes of pieces stored in the space.

The box was constructed of hardware cloth and Egyptian paste. After firing the box, it was lined with black nylon and bound closed with strips of the same fabric. The fabric was dipped in diluted wood glue and hit with a heat gun, for a shrink wrap effect. I like that nylon can look like a skin, exposing the structure under it.

I have posted about this piece in the past. Pleased that the pieces have not developed a light coating of sodium.

Egyptian Paste Vessel

The pieces were constructed of hardware cloth, some had the addition of nails.

Egyptian Paste Vessel Nail Detail

The Egyptian paste was used like spackle and the lot fired to cone 015.

What to do with the mouse house? I am leaning toward popping it someplace, out of the way, in the garden.


Happy Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Pie

Dash enjoying a piece of my first sweet potato pie.


Acacia Seed Pods

November 19th, 2020

Acacia Seed Pods

Acacia Seeds Pods

The interior of the pod is beautiful!
Acacia Pod Interior

Acacia Seed and Foliage


Ladybug Visitor

November 19th, 2020

Ladybug Found Roaming around the Kitchen

Placed it on a potted Brugmansia that is infested with spider mites.
Ladybug

The concave area appears to be a malformation or some type of damage. The ladybug probably came to be in the kitchen after involuntarily hitching a ride on dandelions or kale that was purchased at the Farmers’ Market.

Ladybug

I sharpened the image to show the damaged area a bit better.


Datura Pod

November 19th, 2020

Datura Pod


Senecio articulatus Changes and Leaf Growth

November 11th, 2020

There is a thickening at the site of the new leaves.

Senecio articulatus

Senecio articulatus

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