15 April 2010

LIVING THE COLONIAL LIFE



Is it one animal or hundreds? Am I one animal or billions? I <3 siphonophores for making my head hurt with questions.


12 April 2010

HIGH TIDE HEELS


High tide heels by Australian designer Lisa Carney.

I have just the neoprene dress for these.

11 April 2010

SUNDAY POETRY: "THE MERMAID IN THE HOSPITAL"
























The painting, Ondina, is by Brazilian artist Walmor Correa, who creates cryptozoological medical portraits of mermaids, cyclopses, anteater men, and other fictional animal hybrids.


translated by Paul Muldoon

She awoke   
to find her fishtail   
clean gone   
but in the bed with her   
were two long, cold thingammies.   
You'd have thought they were tangles of kelp   
or collops of ham.


"They're no doubt   
taking the piss,   
it being New Year's Eve.   
Half the staff legless   
with drink   
and the other half   
playing pranks.   
Still, this is taking it   
a bit far."
And with that she hurled
the two thingammies out of the room.


But here's the thing   
she still doesn't get—
why she tumbled out after them   
arse-over-tip...
How she was connected   
to those two thingammies   
and how they were connected   
to her.


It was the sister who gave her the wink
and let her know what was what.
"You have one leg attached to you there   
and another one underneath that.   
One leg, two legs...
A-one and a-two...
Now you have to learn   
what they can do."


In the long months   
that followed,   
I wonder if her heart fell
the way her arches fell,
her instep arches.

08 April 2010

THE SECRET LIFE OF SEA BISCUITS




 
















(Clypeaster rosaceus, by Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, 1904)

I spent the better part of an entire chapter of DEEP BLUE HOME describing the fascinatingly complex life history of jellyfish. Here's a lovely short film from the Brazil's Centro de Biologia Marinha, Universidade de Sao Paulo, telling a similar story for the Caribbean sea biscuit, Clypeaster rosaceus, a sand dollarlike echinoderm

The film circumvents language to deliver an elegant lesson on one of nature's most economic solutions to dispersing sessile organisms in the ocean.



HT The Artful Amoeba.