Archive for October, 2010

Germinated or Generated?

Fractal ly Natural

Fractal ly Natural Photo by Richard Bartz

Quiz: Each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in a logarithmic spiral. Self-similar fractal forms do occur in nature. So, what do you think—animal, vegetable, mineral or from a fractal-generating software?

Answer: Link here

Photo source: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike


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garden path

Photo by Nancy R. Peck

If you have a mind at peace,

a heart that cannot harden,

go find a door that opens wide

upon a lovely garden. 

Author unknown

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Socrates Sculpture Park before

Before - Photo courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Two New York City media sources recently mentioned that actress Julia Stiles was fond of the Socrates Sculpture Park.

“If you only had one day left,” the interviewer asked, “how would you spend it in New York City?” 

Now, when a park or garden ends up on someone’s bucket list, I investigate. It’s got to be special.

And here’s a case where a god forsaken lifeless place came back—and came back with vitality. Take one ugly abandoned landfill site and make it into a park. Why Not. (more…)

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Physalis alkekengi

Physalis alkekengi Photo by H. Zell

Does man imitate nature?

Lanterns Chinese New Year Daniel Cubillas

Lanterns Chinese New Year Photo by Daniel Cubillas

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under scrutiny

Under scrutiny

Thought some readers might get a kick out of this find.

  • Study published July, 1975 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • Study subjects: 37 women garden club members, age range 31 to 54
  • Paper title: Effects of Drinking on the Power and Affiliation Needs of Middle-Aged Females
  • Study undertaken to compare a prior male population study to a female population and to explore the effects of alcohol on the affiliation needs and power fantasies of women

It was spotted in a column written by Marc Abrahams who resurrected the study in Guardian.co.uk. Abrahams says, back in the early 70’s, the professor “monitored the unconscious motivations of 37 women before and after they imbibed alcohol at a regular meeting of their garden club. Garden clubs are a traditional American social institution – small, frequent get-togethers to exchange gossip and the occasional gardening tip.” 

Care to comment?

Now, alcohol-ism is no laughing matter, but if you come up with a limerick about this story—do share.

P.S. Readers: At the link above, see my comment below the article in response to the author.

Nancy R. Peck

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Tim Simmons 'Intervention, projected' Project

Tim Simmons 'Intervention, projected' Project

Whether positioned in the calm of a pasture, or

inserted in the clatter-clutter of an urban setting,

I found this series of temporary billboards to be riveting.

Serene yet haunting—quietly prompting reflection, powerfully loud in message.

I have never approved of billboards, but these photographic art installations by Tim Simmons ‘Intervention, projected’ took my breath away. Read them and possibly weep. 

Tim Simmons—‘Intervention, projected.’

I encourage you to visit this link for more reflection and imagery. www.timsimmons.co.uk/images.php

Nancy R. Peck

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Bat Flower

Bat Flower

Something about this image just said masquerade mask. See the eyes peering at me? 

The plant’s common name is Bat Flower—more officially Tacca chantrieri. It has also been referred to as Devil’s Flower. Or does it remind you of a cat with its 28-inch-long whiskers?

As a tropical plant, it prefers warm and humid climates. In the Yunnan Province of China it grows wild, and up to three feet high. If you happen to live in a southern moist United State you’d have the better luck domesticating a specimen.

Flower folklore has come up with various theories as to how it got its common name. Does it mimic a bat’s wings when spanned? Is it pollinated by bats? (Study has found it to be self-pollinating.) Further reading will offer that the flower’s common bat name comes from likening the drooping flowers to bats hanging from cave ceilings. I’ll go with that theory.

Nancy R. Peck

Picture source: Attributed to Paul Fisk, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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