Sunday, October 26, 2014

Silver Point Grasshopper

All photographs by me, subject: grasshopper in silverpoint

I recently discovered silver point drawing, a very old method of drawing in which you use a wire of pure silver to draw on specially prepared paper. Old masters such as Leonardo da Vinci used it during the Renaissance, some of them drawing with pure gold, brass, and copper too.

I was drawn to it because, being obsessed with details, it allows one to draw the finest, most delicate lines possible because of the combined hardness of the metal, fineness of the point, and the ability to make a stroke with the lightest of pressures.

Another wonderful attribute is the highly reflective nature of the marks made. Before the metal tarnished on the page, it glitters and glows like the precious metal it is.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October Lunar Eclipse

Photo by Me

I went out to see the lunar eclipse early this morning. It was foggy and misty, and the moon was low on the horizon, but I still managed to capture an image of it, albeit not a very good one. I enjoyed being out in the chilly October morning. It's not often you get to see a lunar eclipse, and the fact that it was at this time of year made it extra enchanting.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Oak

Photo by Matthew Jamieson, source:

Live thy Life,
Young and old,
Like yon oak,
Bright in spring,
Living gold;

Then; and then
Gold again.

All his leaves
Fall'n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough
Naked strength.

-Alfred Tennyson

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Equinox

by Kirsty Mitchell, source

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of Fall!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Time to Make Beautiful Things

"Wish" by Christian Schloe,

I've been too busy being busy lately. Mostly my life has consisted of driving to work, working, driving home, working in the garden, and cooking. All things that need to be done. But there is something else that has not been done for a long time, too long in fact, and must be done tonight. And that something is to make a Beautiful Thing.

Friday, March 14, 2014


Flora and the Zephyrs by John William Waterhouse, via saveflowers1

Standing by the lake a few days ago, I felt a strong, warm wind rush across my face and blow my hair about. It was Zephyrus, the warm west wind, herald of spring.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl by Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes, source Wikimedia Commons
I saw this gorgeous photo of a Burrowing Owl and couldn't help posting it here. It has one foot tucked away under its feathers so completely, you'd almost think it only has one leg!