Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Watch those flowers open

Last week was my birthday and I received a very neat joint gift from my daughter and son and my husband.  It was a Time Lapse Plant Camera.  I have tried a few time lapses and they are pretty amazing.  I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet, but I want to share the two that I have attempted.  It won’t take you long to view them because the longest one is only 15 seconds.

Here is a photo of my beautiful orange iris:

And here it is opening!!!!  I set the camera up so that it would take pictures every 5 minutes and it started taking pictures at 7am and I stopped it at 4pm.  (If you look closely you can see the rain.)

Here is a photo of a bunch of my Siberian irises:

And here they are opening!!!  It was a little too shady but if you look closely and focus on just one bud it looks like magic.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Quilt Canada 2012

Last Saturday, I was able to attend Quilt Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Three projects really caught my eye.  We attended all the quilt exhibits and the FAN (Fibre Arts Network) exhibit of quilts entitled, "From Away", was very interesting and I loved, Stone Stories, by Marianne Parsons.


Another piece of work that I liked was at the Mary Black Gallery, at a showing called, Rooted. It was called Dandelions.  It was at the SAQA (Studio ART Quilt Associates) show.

How many of us have hauled out a dandelion and thought, "Look at that root!" ?  Ode to the dandelion!  Thank you, Regina, for appreciating that weed.  I will never look at the dandelion the same way after seeing this homage.
Last, but not least, was Curtains, by Karen Miller.  This work of art took my breath away. 
Karen had quite a few pieces in a variety of shows but this gem from Newfoundland was beautiful.  From the clapbords, to the grasses, it was an extradinary piece of work.  These are the wild flowers in the front of the abandoned house.  I loved all of Karen Miller's quilts.