Making a Kaleidoscope

Bet you could do this at home.

 

 

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New Jellyfish

And he’s total mod design inspiration:

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Via Colossal.

Spring Babies

Just grabbed a bunch of photos off the car camera. We keep the one with the better zoom in the glove box. We have had the pleasure to meet many new critters this spring:

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These are the Traffic Cranes, so called because they are usually near or in the road. Papa is outside the frame. This was taken on April 1. We’ll see them again. Note how they come up to Mama’s knees.

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The Spousal Unit spotted a Great Blue Heron nest near his work. It’s way at the tippy-top of a tree. We’ve watched these two grow up, until now one of them has left the nest.

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In our “backyard”–the golf course behind our house.

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Last year we met Nigel No-Friends, a lonely limpkin who hung out by the pond where the SU works. Earlier this year, he found himself a sweetheart. We call her Mrs. Nige, and hope she isn’t insulted that we define her in such a non-feminist manner. We’ve been waiting for a baby from them. They were a little late, and only produced one, but we finally got to see the tiny fuzzbutt.

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We’re pretty sure these are the Traffic Cranes again. Papa isn’t around. It’s been about six weeks, and the babies are getting big!  We watched these two for a while. The one on the right kept trying to chase her sibling away so she could get some grubs from Mom. The other one was kind of a dick and kept butting back in. Kids.

Where the Sam Hill have I been?

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I have a good excuse: we had a beardie in the hospital. Our girl Portia had a prolapse we couldn’t fix after her last clutch (infertile–we are not breeding her). Turns out, that wasn’t all that was wrong. She had a terrible downturn, and we rushed her to a hospital in Tampa, an hour away. She had egg yolk peritonitis, a condition from which few beardies recover. We expected to say goodbye. The tough little bugger thwarted those expectations by getting better. She was in the hospital for a almost a week. We brought her home Friday so she could get stronger in a more comfortable place. Some time this week, she goes in for surgery, so we’re still not out of the woods.

Think happy beardie thoughts for us. Blogging will resume when my nerves have settled.

(cross-posted to spooky moon)

Elspeth McLean

I wish she had some stones up in her Etsy shop, because they sure are pretty. She has a way with color.

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Terra Cotta Luminaries

This looks like kind of a pain, but if you have a bunch of these little pots around, it could be a project.

 

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Sky Magic

 

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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Links, 29 April 2016

Fantastical costumes by Agnieszka Ospia. Via Haute Macabre

Fantastical costumes by Agnieszka Ospia. Via Haute Macabre

Hanaikada (photo via Kokoro No Tomo)

Hanaikada (photo via Kokoro No Tomo)

 

Korean makeup artist transforms herself into Taylor Swift

 

Voodoo cloaks of Benin

Voodoo cloaks of Benin

Kanamara Matsuri

Kanamara Matsuri

Wasps build nests with colored construction paper

Wasps build nests with colored construction paper

Historical color wheels

Historical color wheels

DIY Light-up rug. It looks pretty easy.

DIY Light-up rug. It looks pretty easy.

Dragons for the Garden

First, you have to make sure the dragons know they’re welcome.

Garden stake from Thirteen Stitches

Garden stake from Thirteen Stitches

Next, send up a signal. If the dragons fly close by, you might be able to use something small:

Moroccan Dragon Lantern, by Ornately Lanterns

Moroccan Dragon Lantern, by Ornately Lanterns

If that doesn’t work, go bigger. Dragons like s’mores, so if you make some in one of these, they will definitely see you on their nightly fly-over.

Dragon pit by Grillhouse

Dragon pit by Grillhouse

Dragon firepit by Nunnikhoven Art Stone

Dragon firepit by Nunnikhoven Art Stone

With luck, you’ll attract a mated pair.

Metal dragon with solar globe, Amazon (affiliate link)

Metal dragon with solar globe, Amazon (affiliate link)

And his mate (affiliate link)

And his mate (affiliate link)

Then next spring, when they’ve come to trust you, perhaps they’ll let you guard their eggs!

Hatching dragons by Fairy Behind the Door

Hatching dragons by Fairy Behind the Door

Su-Jeong Nam

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