Have a Holly Boot

Andy Warhol: Red Boot with Holly (Via WikiPaintings)

A seasonal Andy Warhol– he who coined the expression:  “15 minutes of fame“– which has evolved to “In the future, everyone will be obscure for 15 minutes,” and adjusted by Banksy: “In the future, everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes.” Still evolving: “In the future, everyone will be famous to fifteen people.” (Wikipedia)

I like these early ones too:

A Cat named Sam (1954, via WikiPaintings- at 22years old)
Cherub and Horse– 1956 (At 24 years old)

Are you famous to fifteen people yet? OMG.



The Handsome Lithops

lithopsH/T to the humble lithops, who are not cyclopse. The first scientific description of a lithops was made by William John Burchell, this gentleman:

William John Burchell

(via Wikipedia)

Here is a very nice time lapse of a lithops flowering: (Sorry, maybe the video won’t play, though it is CC)

Lithop’s first Bloom

Dauphin DobSon

Dauphin DobSon
Dauphin DobSon

H/T to the dobson fly; le petit dauphin, Louis; his gentle hellgrammite dauphine, who  enjoys her cuisses de grenouille (gently sautéed by Dauphin dragon). Louis prefers his pommes Dauphine au gratin.

The word “dobson” sounds like a folk etymology for another word foreign to English speakers. Possibly the origin is a Native American word for the larva. Another possibility is that it is a reference to another aquatic creature, the dolphin (from French daulphin, see WikipediaDolphin, Online Etymology Dictionarydolphin). Note that originally “dobson” was a term for the larva. (from Bugguide.com)

H/T to Not a fly: the dobson fly (WEIT); and the frog that flew (Fraser Caine)

Mitey Destructor Haiku

Varroa Destructor Haiku
Varroa Destructor Haiku

Varroa destructor is an external parasitic mite that attacks the honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. The disease caused by the mites is called varroatosis.’ (from Wikipedia)

A Red Triangle Slug Haiku

Red Triangle Slug
Red Triangle Slug: A Haiku to You

Did you know that these slugs are incredible mould-munchers? Every home should employ a couple! (Read Stephanie Pain’s interesting article in New Scientist Magazine, July 2000, discovered via Wikipedia)

Hat Tip to: One will really amaze you, the other just eats his mates (Ben Cubby, The Sydney Morning Herald quotes Michael Murphy, a national parks ranger)

What is a Nest, but a KnotDream by Another Name?

Nest; 30"x40"; acrylic; Michelle de Villiers
Nest; 30″x40″; acrylic; Michelle de Villiers; Madikwe Game Reserve

I have recently done an enjoyable little project, an illustration for LitNet‘s haiku competition. Below is the winning haiku, Vinknessie, by Pieter Strauss.

Haiku Illustration for LitNet

(loosely translated: weaver nest so high/like a planet in the sky/bundlekin of fear)

There are maningi-many different Ploceidae, or weaver birds. Generally they are social;  most are from Sub-Saharan Africa. They are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills— Wikipedia has a nice entry on them. A great resource is The Internet Bird Collection, with stacks of photographs, videos and sound clips.

Travelling past Communal Nests (South Africa)
Travelling past Communal Nests (South Africa)

A little West African poetry by Kofi Awoonor also uses the weaver bird in its imagery, bitterly:

“The weaver bird built in our house

And laid its eggs on our only tree

We did not want to send it away

We watched the building of the nest

And supervised the egg-laying” (from West African Poetry, a Critical History)

There is an interesting clip from a BBC video on YouTube, showing the trouble the male weaver bird goes to to get the nest built:

The site 10,0000 Birds also has good weaver bird pictures.

Afrika Heuning

Hoog in die takkies

van die sterstof slimme brein

galheuning, askies

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My bits of this work are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

A fine choice of some sort-of related stuff:

Slim Pickings vir Slim Poppies (a brain is like a nest, but sometimes just a pest)

Definition of an Invasive Species

What is a Species, Anyway?

Are Missionaries an Invasive Species?