Category Archives: random speculation

Friday Fauna- garden-variety pairings*

Our front yard has lost its lawn, piece by piece, in favor of more and more flowers. We have become an arthropod haven and refueling station for every bee, butterfly and hummingbird in the neighborhood. Pollinators need a little sanctuary … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- The Lady Oropendola Weaving Collective

A flock of chestnut headed oropendolas, oriole relatives common to the Canal Zone of Panama, are establishing a colony in a bare-branched tree near our cabina on the hill. There are seven of them and they’ve just gotten started as … Continue reading

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My Short-Attention-Span Rainforest Theater

A peculiar form of entertainment here on Science Island is going out for a short walk and getting waylaid by natural history. Distraction from head-scratchers to jaw-droppers to warm and fuzzy cuteness will cut you off at the knees, trip … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- Woodstorks at the 16th Hole

I am Artist in Residence this week at Spring Island Trust in Okatie, SC, drawing and painting birds and sunlit landscapes with palmettos and broad marshes, alligators, live oaks dripping Spanish moss. Wonderful wading birds: tricolored herons, little blues, greens, … Continue reading

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Friday Figures- Man with fur hat

A rare male model posed for us today, all buttoned up and dignified under an oversized fur hat (I would have guessed fox, or maybe coyote). I imagined him as a Russian come in from the cold, or maybe a … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Science

Pauline Kael said, “Movies are a combination of art and mass medium”. Why isn’t there a good word for the combination of art and science? Scientific Illustration is self-explanatory but the term doesn’t really apply here. Art merged with science … Continue reading

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Minor Literary Digression, Then Back to Our Regular Program

While browsing the web for my favorite graphite sticks (I prefer the rectangular shaped ones instead of the square cross-section sticks. I like my gray swaths on the wide side) I stumbled across what may be the most arcane author … Continue reading

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