nature

water wheel

as a kid one of my favourite things in my parent’s display shelf (you know, that place where they put all the strange odds and ends collected throughout a lifetime) was this fake shell belonging to my grandmother, that contained a japanese bonsai garden with a little house and a watermill that actually turned.

my ouma’s odd trinket coupled with the image below of an old mill in colorado (by rob lee) naturally sparked off an image search. who doesn’t love an old watermill? especially on those very rare occassions when you stumble upon an abandoned one in a forest somewhere. {click on the images for their sources}

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forest

i went for a long sunday walk last week in my neighbourhood forest, toting my camera along like a good girl, only to realise that i had left the battery in its charger back home. shit!  these photos by capture the feeling of that walk (except a thousand times better than i might have done). the forests are also just slightly more amazing – just like heaven.

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trees please

i’m pretty much sold on any and all houses that have trees incorporated into their design – there’s nothing nicer to me than a huge tree in the middle of a courtyard. or better yet, a tree in the middle of a house.

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africanis

In Daniel Naudé’s first solo show, he presents a world that appears to be a fairy tale, or a fictional place: We see a donkey with the grace of a race horse. Next to an impossibly beautiful rainbow, a white mule almost turns into a unicorn. The hills and veld that Naudé invites us to traverse are filled with wonderful creatures, each more proud, perfect, and present than the next.

really wish i could go to Daniel’s first solo show African Scenery & Animals at Brodie/Stevenson, showing from 26 Jan-13 Feb. if you’re in Joburg, be sure to go have a looksee.

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ivan shishkin

it’s art history time again, folks!

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Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin (18321898) was a Russian landscape painter, his method was based on analytical studies of nature. He became famous for his forest landscapes, and was also an outstanding draftsman and a printmaker. His works are notable for poetic depiction of seasons in the woods, wild nature, animals and birds.

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heiko müller

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My art comes from an urge to explore. I like the countryside. I like a good view. And once I’m face to face with a lovely scenery, I feel immediately tempted to find out what it’s concealing. The dark goings-on behind the façade of nature, you might say, or the hidden machinations of the animal kingdom.

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