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.
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/
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.
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).
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.
My husband’s cousin, Jimmy Clark, invited us for a Crawfish Boil which was a first for me. Crawfish are also called Crayfish, Crawdads, or Mud Bugs. The crawfish are boiled in a big pot along with onions, potatoes and corn on the cob, then spiced. The crawfish are eaten by hand, craking the shell open and peeling it off to yield a tiny bit of spicy meat.
My cousin, Natalie Maxwell McDonald, took this photo of a juvenile barred owl. You can just barely see the stripes under the owl’s neck and on the back. In fhe first photo, notice how camouflaged the bird is.