Giant Spiderwebs and Orb-Weaving Spiders

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In 2007, a mysterious spiderweb spanned several acres of farmland in Texas, covering trees and turning brown with its load of hopelessly trapped mosquitoes.

In 2009, the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant put out a call for “extreme spider” help when a giant spiderweb covered almost 4 acres of their facility. The number of spiders in this enormous web structure was estimated at over 107 million.

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According to entomologists, similar sprawling web systems spring up every couple of years. These super-webs are often the result of the work of several different spider species working together to trap local midges. They typically occur near water or after extensive flooding leads populations of smaller insects to hide out in nearby trees.

No comments, Elise Anderson, May 12, 2015

How Will You Celebrate Earth Day?

This year, April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of an important holiday that grows in importance each year. Earth Day. a national celebration of environmental awareness, brings nature and conservation issues to the forefront with education and outreach.

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Each year, Earthday.org and various government and environmental organizations around the world provide ideas for ways to participate in supporting the environmental movement.

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From signing petitions on climate change to reducing your energy consumption to spreading the word, there is something for everyone interested in being part of Earth Day.

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Do you plan on celebrating Earth Day this year? Check out this link for information on how you can get involved and help make a difference for Mother Nature.

 

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No comments, Elise Anderson, April 20, 2015

De Rosa Collection / Artesania Rinconada Animal Figurines

The De Rosa family has been intimately involved with ceramics since 1945 when the founder, Jorge De Rosa attended the Argentinian National School of Ceramic Design.  The South American ceramic works of art seen below are created with honor and adoration for the animals that inspired each.

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Made from fine ceramic, each piece blends the attitude and whimsy of surrealist art and South American artists like Dali, Picasso, and Miro with natural inspiration and careful handiwork.

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Each figurine is first hand carved, then colored with enamel by hand. Every piece gets fired individually for each new shade applied.  The figurines are then finished with 24k gold or platinum trim. Check out how the process works in the video below.

 

 

 

No comments, Elise Anderson, March 26, 2015

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