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100 Days of Rainbows (#lovewins)

Posted in art, craft, food, photography, sea, soapbox with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

You won’t find too many standard rainbows on this blog, simply because I gravitate toward the darker side of art. But the recent US Supreme Court decision for nationwide marriage equality warrants a special celebration.

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Julie Seabrook Ream, a dedicated mother and artist who could never pick a favorite color, has endeavored to make a rainbow collage every day for 100 days.
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These collections newly frame the most mundane household objects. Anything can be art in the right hands.
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Julie Seabrook Ream

Soapbox side note:
While I’m ashamed to live in a world where race, gender, sexual orientation (or other arbitrary factors determined by the dominant power structure) has any bearing on an individual’s rights or happiness, I’m heartened to see that human beings are evolving enough to begin dissolving our self-created boundaries. Congratulations to the LGBTQ community on an embarrassingly long overdue victory!

Happy Father’s Day…Have Some Pregnant Seahorses

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on June 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

In honor of Father’s Day, I present this collection of pregnant seahorses (as some of you may know, the male seahorse carries the babies).

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Next time you have a disagreement with your dad, you can say “At least you didn’t have to birth 200 of me out of your gut.” That is how the seahorses roll.
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I love that this one looks like he’s sitting on a balance ball.
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If you want to watch a video of seahorse birth, you can see an example of this (mildly obscene looking) miracle of life here.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Eye Poetry Photography

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on May 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I can think of no better name for Irene Suchocki’s work than Eye Poetry Photography.

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Don’t you want to just walk this past and get lost among these trees?
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I used to love this ride as a child.
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Make a wish…
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Caitlin McCormack

Posted in anatomy, craft, creatures, sea with tags , , , on April 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I love Caitlin McCormack’s crocheted creatures!

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Some appear to me made from vintage doilies. Such an unlikely craft material for this subject matter, and I think it works.

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The stray strings add to these pieces, as if they impart a kind of natural disarray or decomposition. Beautiful.
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Caitlin McCormack

Blaker-DeSomma Glass Waves

Posted in craft, sculpture, sea with tags , , on April 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Blaker-DeSomma Glass has a beautiful series of glass ocean wave sculptures.

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I love how these creations capture the energy and movement of raging seas.
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These, in smaller scale, would make amazing wedding cake toppers.
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The Blue Ringed Octopus

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on March 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Real Monstrosities recently had a post that reminded me of a small collection of Blue Ringed Octopus photos I’ve had floating around in my “Sea Creature” folder for years now.

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These tiny cephalopods are actually among the most venomous, possessing enough poison to kill up to a couple dozen humans.
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Blue-Ringed Octopus, Mabul Island, Malaysia

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Since Real Monstrosities did such stellar job of giving the scoop on these beauties, rather than repeat the info I’ll guide you to that post.

PS. Don’t the rings remind you of an even more hypnotic version of Hypnotoad?
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Strange Remains Week: Records and Reefs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 18, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Music lovers, did you know you can have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record? And Vinyly gives customers the opportunity to live on through the power of song.

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Is there a song you’d like on the soundtrack to your death?

If you enjoy marine life, you can become part of a living coral system via The Eternal Reef. Ashes are memorialized as part of “reef balls” that serve to assist dying reefs in restoring new life.

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What’s a reef ball? Glad you asked.

Reef Balls are the only designed reef materials that from the beginning were designed to replicate the natural substrata that Mother Nature uses for her reef development. The material needed to be friendly to the marine environment. It would have to be made of natural materials that would attract and encourage micro-organisms to settle and propagate on the reefs.

Read more about the process here.

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