Archive for creatures

Aganetha Dyck: Interspecies Honeycomb Sculptures

Posted in creatures, nature, sculpture with tags , , on February 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The idea of “interspecies sculpture” captured my attention (as long as it is entirely respectful of all species involved). Here we have the provocative juxtaposition of popular human design and apiary architecture.


Aganetha Dyck who for years has been working with the industrious insects to create delicate sculptures using porcelain figurines, shoes, sports equipment, and other objects left in specially designed apiaries. As the weeks and months pass the ordinary objects are slowly transformed with the bees’ wax honeycomb.


Born in Manitoba in 1937, the Canadian artist has long been interested in inter-species communication and her research has closely examined the the ramifications of honeybees disappearing from Earth. Working with the insects results in completely unexpected forms which can be surprising and even humorous.


See more photos and a great video at the source.

Desktop Goodies 2/20

Posted in absurd, anatomy, creatures, dolls, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Desktop goodies are building up way faster than I can comment on all of them (I tend to save at least 20 images a day, and have never attempted to get my digital collecting in check).

Here are some images that speak for themselves.











The Faerie Market: Moth Clip

Posted in body decoration, craft, creatures, jewelry, nature with tags , , , , on February 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Sometimes “there’s a bug in your hair!” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

While pricey, I admire the craftsmanship on this Emperor Gum Moth Hair Clip.


I have a bizarre habit of considering accessories according to what unusual museum exhibit I’d hypothetically be likely to wear them to…plenty of entomological displays came to mind for this one.

Would you wear pretty bugs, birds and beasts in your hair?

See other nature inspired creations here.


Posted in creatures, nature, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on January 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I give you an example of how nature flaunts cuteness in the strangest of places, with two examples of Saturniidae.


These babies look like a Furby mated with a Tribble…but they’re so damn adorable, are they not?


Ant-Winged Fruitfly

Posted in creatures, nature with tags , on November 11, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Now an awe-striking example of nature’s savvy design:


A recently discovered G tridens fruitfly that has evolved a to have images of detailed, ant-like insects on each wing, complete with six legs, a thorax, antennae and a tapered abdomen. The fly uses the images defensively, waving them back and forth when threatened to create the illusion of massing ants.

Dear Evolution,

You blow my mind. Well played.



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Dancing With Cats

Posted in Books, creatures, humor with tags , , on November 2, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Awful Library Books dug up a real gem here:

Dancing with Cats 1

Dancing with Cats 7

“Photographs and text celebrate the joyous communication that can exist between humans and their feline companions as they engage in movement and dance together.”

Dancing with Cats 3

Dancing with Cats 4

Dancing with Cats 5

Dancing with Cats 6

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Halloween Countdown: Real Monstrosities Roundup

Posted in creatures, halloween with tags , on October 27, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Joseph runs what I believe is THE best wildlife blog on the internet. Yes, the ENTIRE internet.

The incredible creatures, substantive information (you’ll be a hit at parties with these facts, folks…well…at least the parties I’d go to), and his inimitable wit make Real Monstrosities an absolute delight to read. It’s my go-to source for a wicked creature fix.

What’s better than the best wildlife blog on the internet? A HALLOWEEN ROUNDUP on that blog!


Head over to Thrice-damned Hallowe’en Horrors to see this year’s picks!

Clumsy Cats Compliation

Posted in creatures, humor, video with tags , , on September 7, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Though a slight departure from my standard subject matter (Do I have a standard? Maybe not. I cast a wide net here), I have to share this cat video. You will chuckle out loud…probably a number of times.


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Pre-Treatment Desktop Goodies!

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, Books, creatures, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, photography, postcards, sea, surreal, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

And now a little installment of DG before I go down the medical rabbit hole for an indeterminate period of time.

Man, Edmund’s been talking for a LONG time.

Start ‘em young.

Gorgeous vintage Vogue cover by Salvador Dali.

THINK your way to visible virility!

Very little info on this, but wow…

What puffer cake has seen cannot be unseen.

I love this because the skeleton can either be reaching for OR releasing the heart, depending on the eye of the beholder.

The Barbie Dream Snake:

If a higher power exists, I’m sure it speaks through cats exclusively, actually.

“Who you callin’ chicken?”

I wish this were an actual vintage piece.

Tip from the SheWalksSoftly school of psychology: If someone hurts your feelings, sending a greeting card with one of the worst puns on earth is not likely to remedy the relationship.

Now, let’s everybody hope that the doctors have an ALL CHOCOLATE treatment planned for me next week.

Ellen Jewett

Posted in craft, creatures, oddities, sculpture with tags , , , on June 22, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Ellen Jewett creates fantastical creatures…

cheshire cat

The movement of some pieces can almost make you feel a breeze.


Organic, kinetic, distorted and strange…but captivating.



Ellen Jewett

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