Arrived home in New York to this beautiful little package from my grandmother – a collection of small things she had found on her way to and from work.
She knows me so well…

Made my homecoming a joy.

“Found this turtle shell in a parking lot in Coushatta…” Also included: a rodent skull, small section of a dried bird’s wing, and a thumb-sized gypsum rose.

Bad Practices, Interesting Art

Enrique Gomez De Molina has been illegally importing animal parts to make his sculptures. He claims he wants to raise awareness about the dangers facing animals around the world. Supporting endangered, exotic animal poaching doesn’t seem like a very good way to do that.
Some of the work is really beautiful. (The rhino sparkling with beetle elytra is sort of blowing my mind.)
But I still want to punch him in the face.

(via Visual News)

Sam Ristrich

I was just turned onto the work of Sam Ristrich. Sam was an entomologist, mycologist and educator, and, it seems, just a generally incredible person.
His photographs of seeds make me want to dance.

Castor Bean Ricinus communis

Wafer Ash Ptelea trifoliata

Sweet Cicely Osmorhiza claytonii

Norway Spruce Picea abies