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Gridism: Scenes of Second Life Become Physical Art

Kelly Guillory of the Ashur Collective recently posted a manifesto for a novel approach to art that Kelly calls “Gridism.” Gridism is (I hope I’m not oversimplifying) taking scenes of customized and personalized things in games and virtual worlds and making First Life art out of them. 34 more words

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All in the family: 2 cherries, a plum, a pear and a quince

As March progressed and passed, and April followed–our city in full bloom with the flowers of thousands of ornamental trees– already tiny white and pink petals swirl in the wind and gather in the gutters–still a delight. 416 more words

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paddle-petalled ribes

Flowering now is Ribes sanguineum.  Its tiny, delicately fragrant  flowers form a small drooping cluster of blossoms with intensely rose-colored oval buds at the tips.  The 5 exterior petals (sepals?) of each blossom sport vivid tonalities of carmine/magenta/pink, and the interior corolla has 5 astounding, white, paddle-shaped petals that together with the stamens form a little circle around the single pale green pistil. 133 more words

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blue scilla

The first blue pollen of the year!

The petals of this flower have the most extraordinary coloring. Really, Scilla siberica out does herself in terms of beauty. 36 more words

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indian plum

Blooming now is Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis). It is one of the first native species to flower in spring, and according to one authority (USDA/NRCS Plant Fact Sheet), its flowering coincides with the arrival of the Rufous hummingbird to our northern regions. 193 more words

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hazel

One of the earliest sources of pollen for honeybees comes from hazel trees. Hazel produces copious quantities of yellow pollen from its male catkins. The powdery shower is a delight to observe, but of course, not so delightful for those suffering from allergies. 59 more words

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Yew

Another interesting discovery the other day – yew pollen! The conifer I found is a male (haven’t located a female plant yet). The tiny flowers that erupt from buds look like they have their own little pots or vases. 119 more words

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