I have been seeing a lot of these flowers around lately, and I don’t know about you, but to me they look like little faeries in disguise. They’re called Fuchsias and they are apparently a very old plant the was ‘discovered’ by a missionary in circa the 17th century in the Dominican Republic. There are many different types, and I’m not exactly sure which kind these are, but you can read up on the history of the species here.
I was at a cottage recently and what should I find but a fairy door! I quietly snuck up to it and snapped this picture. Hopefully they didn’t notice!!
A while ago I brought up the topic of a branch of our evolutionary tree called Homo Floresiensis, otherwise known as the ‘hobbit’, which you can read again here.
I was watching the Vlogbrothers on YouTube and low and behold, what is the topic of the week but our little friends homo Floresiensis. The Vlogbrothers are a fraternal duo that make vlogs about various subject matter… more often than not it is intellectually based. These two are aware of their social reach and are very active in trying to, as they say ‘reduce world suck’, or try to make our world a better place. They usually try to achieve this through various charitable efforts or by trying to broaden the knowledge base of their viewers. The brothers, in addition to the channel they share, each have their own channel dedicated to teaching the YouTube public, one is about world history and the other is about science. The clip I’ve linked below is from the science channel, and gives a very brief scientific explanation for Homo Floresiensis.
This is their shared channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers?feature=results_main
This is the science channel: http://www.youtube.com/scishow
This is the history/ biology channel: http://www.youtube.com/crashcourse
And this is their game show channel that features random facts about a topic: http://www.youtube.com/truthorfail
If you haven’t already checked these guys out I suggest that you do, they’re pretty interesting. And you’ll like at least one of their channels, if not all
On one of my glamorous and magical excursions I happened upon this artistic rendition of the green man! There were several witches and animals and toadstools accompanying this carving and I have to admit I was surprised to find this face amongst the collection! For a refresher of what this is, you can refer to this post https://faeriesight.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/the-green-man/
It was recommended that I check out the sketches of this artist, and am I ever glad for the tip! The sketches were pretty good, but the finished illustrations are very imaginative and ethereal. He really seems to connect with that fairy energy, and most of the poses and colours he used in his pieces capture that magical, other-worldly feeling you get in the pit of your stomach. He currently has a couple of books out, information on which you can find on his own sites. Links below.
This is his website, feel free to check out more of his work: http://www.art.zaprasza.eu/Author.php?user_id=78
His blog: http://mythwood.blogspot.ca/
And his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-of-Larry-MacDougall/188673064483664
I wish you all a happy fairy day! Take some time today to appreciate the magic and wonder in your own life!!
The image below was created by an artist named Mike Maihack. Check more of him out here http://cowshell.com/index.php.