Holding Wonder Like a Cup

“Some days I wish to hold forever . . .”

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Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
~Sara Teasdale “Barter”

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Some days I wish to keep hold forever:
when the light is just right in the trees,
the breezes filled with blossom fragrance,
the congregation sings with joy as I play accompaniment,

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The tiniest treehouses!

I LOVE everything tiny.  This is great.  Originally published at Colossal.

Miniature Treehouse Sculptures Built Around Houseplants
by Jedediah Voltz

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LA-based artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz constructs miniature treehouses wrapped around common houseplants or bonsai trees in his new sculptural series titled Somewhere Small. Voltz relies on over a decade of commercial prop making for film and other projects to craft each structure from scratch using small bits of wood, silk fabric, miniature artworks, and semi precious stones that are hidden throughout. To-date he’s produced some 25 little habitats that resemble everything from tiny watchtowers in secluded forests, to large bustling windmills or water wheels.

The pieces you see here will be on view at Virgil Normal in LA starting April 23. (thnx, jake!)

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The superabundance of God

“It has been estimated that there are up to 10 million different species of living plants and animals.  Because this figure is too large for us to appreciate fully, it may be helpful to offer a few concrete examples.  There are 59 species of eagles; more than 170 species of marsupials in addition to koalas and kangaroos (and about 50 kinds of kangaroos); more than 200 species of turtles, all the way from tiny ones of 6 or 7 ounces to a huge type weighing in at 1,500 pounds, and more than 500 types of eucalyptus trees in Australia.  The number of insect species yet to be described and names is estimated to be about 3 million.  Of these, there are 8,000 species of beetles.  One could go on and on.”  (Fr. Thomas Dubay, The Evidential Power of Beauty)

Who would have thought?

This is absolutely amazing!  Originally posted on Colossal.

When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests

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It’s unnerving to discover a wasp’s nest dangling outside your house, but perhaps it would be a tad less so with the help of biology student Mattia Menchetti who cleverly realized he could give colored construction paper to a colony of European paper wasps. By gradually providing different paper shades, the wasps turned their homes into a functional rainbow of different colors. This isn’t the first time scientists have encountered insects producing colorful materials with the aid of artificial coloring. In 2012, residue from an M&M plant caused local bees to make blue and green honey, and a similar—though admittedly more tragic—incident involving bees and the dye used in Maraschino cherries occured recently in New York. You can see more of Menchetti’s experiment on his website. (via Booooooom)

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