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IRO Fiber Art

Posted in craft, creatures with tags , on July 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

IRO Fiber Art has the most beautiful collection of handcrafted butterflies and moths.

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The colors and textures are fantastic (click to enlarge). Each one is so unique…

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IRO Fiber Art
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Katerina Plotnikova

Posted in creatures, nature, photography with tags , , on July 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Katerina Plotnikova has an awe inspiring collection of nature photographs that show a profound connection between man and the animal kingdom.

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I believe this work is done under the supervision of qualified animal trainers, but is entirely real and involves very minimal retouching in post production. While I do love some amazing modern surrealist photographers, there is something raw and stirring about the relative lack of digital manipulation.

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Animals can be such a beautiful healing force (during my long hospital stays this past year, I was happy to see animal therapy becoming mainstream). I look forward to returning home to NY when more medically stable, so I can be around cats again…and my loved ones can laugh at the absurd languages and songs I inevitably invent the moment I’m put near fuzzy things.

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Justin Gershenson-Gates

Posted in creatures, nature with tags , on June 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My lovely friend Lynn introduced me to the work of Justin Gershenson-Gates; amazing insects, arachnids and pendants made of recycled watch parts.

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He states: The grandson of a railroad man, the son of a gearhead, my life has been filled with all things mechanical. As a child, I would take my toys apart in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again. Now, I take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, and rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs.

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My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

I think he succeeds at that aim, don’t you?

This pendant is absolute genius. Look at the delicate detail on the hand! It’s perfectly constructed.

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Pygmy Seahorses

Posted in creatures, nature, photography, sea with tags , , , on June 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

If you view just one pygmy seahorse image-heavy post today (and you were planning to, right?), I recommend this one.
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These incredible creatures live in the western central Pacific Ocean (known as the Coral Triangle region of southeast Asia) and rarely grow larger than 2 centimeters. They look like adorable toddler bath toys and blend perfectly in their Dayglow surroundings. Aren’t they fantastic?

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I wish I could have one as a pet. I’d give it plenty of coral to…hover on.
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See more photos here.
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Tacky Taxidermy, Day 7: Finale

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

As it turns out, I’ve collected WAY more terrible taxidermy than I could feasibly post in a week. I also intentionally left out the new wave of artistic rogue taxidermists, to be visited at a later date, though this hobby is gaining ground and producing some entertaining results (this is one kind of craft I could never do; I’m too sensitive to work on…former creatures).

So here are some honest attempts at preserving and posing creatures that don’t quite…look…right.
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 6: Reader Submissions

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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Thanks, Bettie!

Okay, so it’s a hoax, especially with that URL, but if you’re looking for HUMAN taxidermy services…LOOK NO FURTHER!

And here we have Nina Saunders’s taxidermy furniture.
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Thanks Eric!

Atlanta Home Turned Private Taxidermy Museum
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Thanks Jim!

Did someone send me Sweaty Taxidermy? I’m not sure if this was a reader submission or my own bookmark!
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 5: Miscellanious Mockeries

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The pollen count must be high today, because those eyes are pretty irritated.
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“You were soooooo wasted, bro!”
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Is he leaning on the back of a chair? I don’t know what’s going on here.
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Going batty…
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Awww, these poor sad saps…maybe I’d be depressed too if I were awkwardly stuffed posthumously.
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This is probably the only despondent pounce effort you’ll ever see. I bet even the prey would want to comfort him.
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GOOGLY EYES? Really?
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These two really deserve captions…ideas?
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 4: Shock and Dread

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 3: Smile!

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

You know how sometimes you’ll see an animal at a certain angle, at a certain moment, and it appears to be smiling? This is not that.

These are gruesome, gratuitous, godawful grins…facial contortions that do not exist in the actual animal kingdom.

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Are you ready?
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A couple of them are kinda sweet.
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…or manic.
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…or stoned.
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…or the stuff nightmares are made of.
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…or inquisitive.
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…or surprised.
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…or something dug out of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.
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…or just happy to see ya.
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…or…or…this.
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…or have one more than the most fashionable number of mammalian eyes.
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…or look like an ad for wolf dentures.
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 2: “Zoologically Improbable”

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 3, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Now let’s have a look at some creatures who appear to be experiencing emotions or postures that do not, in reality, exist in the animal kingdom as we know it.

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The whole lower half of this one is more disturbing than its nonplussed face.
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Is he Jazzercizing?
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Squirrel in sensual repose:
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“Oh God. I must have slept wrong.”
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Waiting by the principal’s office…
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Tacky Taxidermy 101: when in doubt, HYPEREXTEND LIMBS!
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One of the best signs I’ve ever seen:
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