Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
as far as I know, the scooters don't belong to the pair walking up the steps. but the accidental color-coordination created this impression of two pets* left behind when the owners went for a walk
* - (dogs, I guess, cats don't do that "look mournfully after" act as good
Monday, February 22, 2010
with tulips, I like when there's a lot of them. bucketful (why one "l", for crying out loud? I would never understand this language), for preference. Alas, I don't have a suitably ornamental bucket to hold this lot, but hey, I still bought three bunches. they take most of the space on the dinner table, so the setting becomes somewhat problematic. Still
Sunday, February 21, 2010
those strange sculptures are in Palma, sort of between the cathedral and the seafront. I didn't find them hugely interesting till Yuri suddenly came up with a name for the whole complex - Pac-man Graveyard. And yes, those things do look like big stone pac-mans that plummeted from the sky and got stuck in the pavement.
not that Yuri played a lot of it, but at least one episode in Futurama features an appearance by both mr and mrs pac-man
what exactly did the sculptor meant remains unknown to me. and uninteresting, too
waka waka waka
Saturday, February 20, 2010
we only had two full days on Mallorca, and we spent the first one in Palma. It is now out of season, and the cathedral-old town area is perfectly pleasant - not crowded narrow streets, little pretty graden with citrus trees and goldfish we stumbled upon, etc. Overall atmosphere is kind of generic Mediterranean. Once out of old town area, which is not very big, again, it reminds of many other places at once - Agherro and Malaga especially, at least for me, but obviously I haven't been everywhere.
Unexpected success with our kids was museum of modern arts, and that with us even not going inside it - they have some abstract sculptures outside. you also get a good view over the rooftops from what I think was city walls and now house some of the collection.
The cedar-cone structure behind Timur was outside too. I immediately (and wrongly) thought it was by Andy Goldsworthy, but no, it was by a different author - don't remember the name.
Little doggy was hanging around the cone, and wanted to make friends with Timur (as many dogs do). Timur got somewhat worried if the nice doggy was a stray, but with not one, but two collar on it, I guess it was very much owned by someone
Friday, February 19, 2010
there were quite a lot of those loud birds in the little pine grove by the beach in Santa Ponsa. The built complicated-looking nests in the branches, and were easily outnumbering ubiquitous pigeons. there was at least one restaurant named after them (restaurante papagayo), and local-looking people were feeding them - something different from what they fed pigeons, since each feeder attracted either pigeons or parrots, but not both together.
they were obviously not native to balearics, so I made a quick search just now. they are monk parakeets apparently, native to subtropics of Argentina. wikipedia article doesn't list balearics as a home to feral flocks. maybe I should go and correct it.
PS: I just did, but am not sure if the change will stay since I have no source of information that wikipedia would consider appropriate. reference to blog will probably be considered as spam
Friday, February 12, 2010
I have a few pet fears. those include flying (not very original, I know), and natural disasters of various kind. I never experienced one yet, and hopefully never will, but I do feel somewhat panicky when, for instance, wind is getting too strong for my liking
picture above is not a real tornado, of course. people who saw one will probably point out a lot of things that are wrong .
but there is some justification behind it - when on Lanzarote in December last year, we saw this cloud that I think was trying to become a funnel, but kind of abandoned the idea half-way. I took a picture (surprise, surprise). and worked on it a bit :)
that's how the original cloud looked, only the contrast bumped up.
Island in the background is Fuerteventura
Thursday, February 11, 2010
another one of a few orchid I have that not only survived after the first bloom, but started blooming again.
It was standing by a single-glazed window, ie it was quite cold, what with the weather we had this winter. it took almost two months for the plant to grow the buds to what I though was a goodish size.
yesterday I took it off the windowsill and put it on the table in the middle of a warm room, and it *almost* opened overnight, only two petals are still stuck together. maybe it was just a good timing, or course, but I am inclined to think it decided that warm season is finally here :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
above is a manipulated image of a drop of black ink going through water, isolated, inverted and toned with gradient map of red to yellow
when you drop the ink into water, it also forms a rather nice spiral on the top
just playing around basically
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
when I was a kid, I thought there's nothing more beautiful than a mandarin that still has a branch and a little leaf attached. or an apple with the same features, but not so much, because there were more apples around than mandarins.
oh, and also seed beads, but that's a different category, I guess :)
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
unlike hyacinth, and especially amaryllis, this iris only took a few hours to fully open.
the speed made me to miss the stage when three outer petals open but inner part of the flower is still together - that all happened while I was asleep
iris oics at shutterstock