Tuesday, December 10, 2013
As the cold temps continue I've been treated to some
beautiful ice formations along my walks with Griffin.
Yesterday was no exception in our beloved Erinan,
a 500 acre piece of private property whose owners graciously
allow people to respectfully use the trails and the lake therein.
This old water tower may not look like much of an artist...
...but with the help of Mother Nature it has made the
most stunning ice sculpture...
...drop by drop and splash by splash the build up has taken on
other worldly proportions...
...the steady and patient hand of freezing nights and crisp clear days
has unveiled this blue, white glassy marvel...
Blades of grass and twigs of trees encased in a frozen, transparent cloak...
Time lapsed photography would have shown the artistry in progress
but alas! we are only given the final product of a master sculptor...
Down by the creek, it seems the same hand has been working here as well...
On another note...
The title of this post came from a magnificent and very important documentary
that you must watch. One of the most beautiful and thought provoking films
about climate change you'll ever see.
From the Chasing Ice website...
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. -
See more at: http://www.chasingice.com/#sthash.FvEFbdcb.dpuf
Its available on Netflix here in Canada.
Usually I find films about this subject full of scientists and politicians and fact finders
a tad dull but this film in all its sad beauty is physically stunning.
It literally is the proof that our world is changing.
Have a look.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
It's been an extremely cold week here...at least for us on
the Coast. We don't usually get below freezing temps and
wow!, snow too!
The fires been on 24/7...
Thanks to Norene who has been perfecting the business of candle making,
She is now the wax maven,
many beeswax candles have been burning as the night grows dark...
I've been doing a bit of seasonal decorating
around the house...picking big, fat, plump snow berries and
placing them in clear glass vases...
I don't know if I've ever seen them so full...
Could be a sign of a cold winter!
Setting out little winter dioramas under glass...
This is a picture of my mom when she was about 10 one long ago winter
at St Annes school in Victoria...
...pine cones, and faux snow in the bottom of an old mason jar cradle her picture...
I saw this idea on Poppytalk and since we just got a bunch
of very fragrant Bay leaves, I thought I'd make myself one.
Even after the leaves begin to dry and curl, it still looks quite pretty...
A big basket of pine cones sits by the fire...
And the precious little Anna's hummingbird outside our window...
Yesterday he was just sitting there for a long spell...
Perhaps letting the sun warm his back...
Did you know at night when they go into torpor, they can
slow their hear trate down from 246 beats a minute to 6?!!
Truly little miracles...
Now today I will put some outdoor greenery on the porch since its warmed up
a bit...get up some fairy lights up and hunker down into
the season of light.
Friday, December 6, 2013
A very important and bright light went out in the world yesterday.
Nelson Mandela died after a long and steady struggle for peace and equal rights.
There are so many songs I could dedicate to this man who, even through
the most adverse and tortuous situations, NEVER gave up.
He proved time and again for decades that
ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
A line from one song in particular keeps coming back to me...
"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind."
Bob Marley wrote of the struggles of racism,
human rights and justice and I can only imagine
that Nelson Mandela probably, most likely,
grooved on his words and rhythms.
In turn, I imagine Bob Marley was thinking of men like Nelson Mandela
when he wrote this quote...
Nelson Mandela was a fighter.
He spent 27 years in prison
After his release he became the first black man
to become the President of South Africa.
He spent his whole life fighting to end apartheid.
He was truly the Father of a Nation.
And so I give you the iconic Bob Marley tune
'Redemption Song' sung here not by Mr Marley himself
but a host of singers and musicians from all over the world.
Enjoy and light a candle for Nelson Mandela.
He has left this world a better place.
Have a peaceful weekend all.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Well like I said last week, it's seems as if I've been busy enough with
Other things that I can barely keep up with posting much but
there is no shortage of things going on in the studio / lab.
Besides trying to get a few items in the new shop,
I've been putting up a few more things in my Etsy shop.
So I'll do a wee bit of self promotion and give you a preview
of what's been going on...
Thanks for having a look!
needle felted 'painting'
needle felted 'painting'
"The Owl and the Pussycat"here