In celebration of Spring, I thought I would show you my photo of a beehive hat from the hat museum in Savannah, Georgia. I think it would be a fun art/school project to make a beehive hat.
While walking our dog, Webster, I saw this moth resting on a sidewalk. Amazing the things you can see in your own neighborhood (but you will miss them if you’re looking at your phone). I posted a photo of a luna moth coccoon and pupa in August 2022. I found it in the same area where I saw this moth. The coccoons and pupae of the luna moth and polyphemus moth look so similar that now I am questioning if I was correct in my identification on the August 2022 post.
Scrap metal art is another way to reuse materials creatively. I very much like steampunk art. I saw this giant werewolf at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Branson, MO. Unfortunately, I don’t have the name of the artist. Another large metal sculpture had a sign that said it was made in Kenya.
The Bubble Room
My son making us laugh while waiting for a table at The Bubble Room in Sanibel Florida.
Cassette Tape Art by Erika Simmons
I love art made from recycled materials. Erika Simmons makes portraits of famous people from old audio cassette tapes and video cassette tapes. She calls her project “Ghosts in the Machine.” I saw this picture of singer Lauryn Hill at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Branson, MO. Erika has a website which displays more of her art: https://www.iri5.com/
Fungus Schmungus #5
I saw this turquoise colored mushroom on a dead oak leaf in early spring. I looked it up and it is called the green elfcup (scientific name chlorociboria aeruginascens). Normally, it is found on dead trees and sticks. Don’t eat it. Very poisonous. Despite the scientific name the blue-green coloring does not come from chlorophyll like green plants.
Summer Hail Storm
We recently had bad weather with and I remembered that I had taken this video of large chunks of hail falling into a swimming pool last summer, making the water dance.
Chicken Soup For The Soul
I have a story titled “The Haunted Remote” about my grandparents and my great uncle in this book. Chicken Soup for the Soul has a whole line of books on different subjects (personally, I’m a fan of their books about animals). The stories are short short, uplifting, and appropriate for middle grade readers (I have a friend who is a middle grade teacher and said her class liked to hear these stories read aloud).
Cereal Box Sea Turtle
I saw this life-sized sea turtle made from cereal boxes at Piney Bay Coffee Company in Clarksville, Arkansas. The sculpture was made by artist Tyler Rideout and is a great way to make art of recycled materials.