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747: (197/365) Root Veg

Posted by wonko on July 16, 2017 in 365-2017, plant |

Winter is for hearty food, stews and seasonal root veg:

With such open food importing and trade however we see every vegetable and fruit available all year round. Peru grows my Asparagus, Venezuela exports my Fennel and China supplies my Carrots at the moment. Read more…

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746: (196/365) Fairly Bloody Long Walk

Posted by wonko on July 15, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid, wtf |

My lovely daughter walked for charity last year and I was so proud of her (secretly regretting not doing it with her). This year, the same walk is on offer at, thankfully, at a much cooler time of year so we are both walking “The Bloody Long Walk” in early August:

Today, as part of our prep we did a fairly bloody long walk, from Brighton to Redcliffe and back again to see how far it is (apparently about 26km according to Google).

I returned to an Origami master – Akira Yoshizawa – his little person, made from the frog base is genius – spirit of the subject, glorious simplicity and I managed to fold it in my state after today’s test walk. Read more…

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745: (195/365) Catalaya

Posted by wonko on July 14, 2017 in 365-2017, flower |

Orchids are such extravagant structures – few more showy than a Catalaya:

This cluster will be something else, but just for now it is beautiful all on it’s own.

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744: (194/365) Wizard’s Hat

Posted by wonko on July 13, 2017 in 365-2017, fantasy, geometry |

Anyone who has seen any of the “Lord of the Rings/Hobbit” movies will recognise the profile of this hat:

Gandalf the Grey wore a wondrous felt hat like this, Mike Luo’s “Witches Hat”. Read more…

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743: (193/365) Sleepy Cat

Posted by wonko on July 12, 2017 in 365-2017, mammal |

Origami cats are hard – their soft elastic ways are difficult to depict artistically with a medium as stiff and uniform as paper:

This is Christophe Boudias’ “Sleepy Cat”, a lovely model that I think manages to capture the posture of a cat that is cuddling up ready to sleep, tucking it’s little pawsies under its chin. Read more…

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742: (192/365) Chicken or the Egg

Posted by wonko on July 11, 2017 in 365-2017, dinosaur |

The age old questions, “what came first, the chicken or the egg” can be best answered with available fossil records as Dinosaurs came first:

Waterproof eggs, such a step forward, liberating egg laying critters from having to deposit precious and defenceless young in pools, streams or wet places and allowed full colonisation of the land. Read more…

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741: (191/365) Hummingbird

Posted by wonko on July 10, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

Not sure if Australia has any native species of Hummingbird:

Some “sunbirds” look similar but are not closely related species. Read more…

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740: (190/365) Rubic’s Cube

Posted by wonko on July 9, 2017 in 365-2017, boxes, geometry, wtf |

Long before there were “fidget spinners”, Pokemon and “Pogs” there was a craze that swept me away when it first hit the market. A Hungarian designer called Erno Rubic devised a cube, subdivided up into 3x3x3 cubies that all slid on each other in layers:

I instantly had to have one (well, in truth I had 9, including a triangular, circular and 4x4x4 one that I still have). Read more…

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739: (189/365) “Shoulda’ bought a Squirrel”

Posted by wonko on July 8, 2017 in 365-2017, animal, mammal |

Cautionary advice indeed for anyone who has seen the movie comedy “Rat Race”:
We saw our first live squirrels when we first travelled to the UK, in a lovely park in Holland Park (interestingly the same suburb name we live in now here in Australia).

Lovely little grey filly, impossibly fluffy tail, cutely flitting around in the underbrush. Read more…

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738: (188/365) Ya Goose!

Posted by wonko on July 7, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

So it is late, and I am tired, but sometimes I am a silly goose:

So what is a goose – long neck, beak, webbed beat, stocky body – this model ticks all the boxes. Read more…

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