Shooting stars aren’t really stars, they are meteoroids that collide with the earth’s atmosphere and become meteors. The meteors heat, glow and burn up creating that cool streak of light we see from down here. Even though I know there are millions of these things burning up all day and night, it always feels kind of exciting to see one. To spot one, you just need a clear patch of sky to gaze at. If you are patient and stick with one patch for 10 or 15 minutes you should see at least one. In our culture, we typically think of the sighting as a good omen and make a wish. In other cultures it might be considered a bad omen or even a symbol of death as it is believed each person has a star and when they pass their star does too. I found a great post about the various legends and beliefs on this blog, if you are interested in reading more on the subject.
Speaking of stars, this week I caught a bit of a PBS special about the world’s ‘ugliest’ animals. Of course, I found most of them adorable. One of the animals featured was the Star-Nosed Mole who has a nose made up of…get ready for it…tentacles! Tiny fleshy tentacles- 22 to be exact- that create the shape of a star. How cool is that? The nose tentacles help them to feel around for yummy worms which they gobble down within milliseconds of feeling it. They also blow bubbles out of their nose when they are underwater. They sort of blow the bubble and let it touch something nearby which imparts a bit of the smell of the object when they suck the bubble back up their nose. This again, lets them find food. The nose is sort of their eyes and extra fingers. Cool, huh? Did I mention his little front paws that look like monster feet? A little extra awesome, in case a bubble blowing tentacle nose wasn’t enough for you.
Here’s another that shows his wee, rather useless eyes:
Check out this origami star-nosed mole, designed and folded by 16 year old Charles Wilson I came across on Origami-USA.org.
I can’t mention origami without recommending the documentary Between the Folds. It doesn’t matter if you like origami or not. It’s absolutely fascinating and will blow your mind a bit too. Who knew? Not me until I saw that film and now I have a huge respect for the art form. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but if you haven’t seen it, check it out!
An update on those monsters…
I’m finally all moved in and pretty much unpacked. Jim and I are cleaning and just nesting a bit and are super duper happy. I still have a zillion things to do, but the madness of moving is done. The kitties will move in next week and hopefully that will go smoothly.
That and having the illustration submitted for the upcoming Welsh Alphabet book and Welsh Festival of the Arts being organized by A Raven Above Press has me feeling a bit more relaxed and quite satisfied. Yay!
You might have noticed a slowing down of art doll creations and art posts. I have a couple of dolls started but had to put them aside for a bit. I’ve started a ceramic class to reacquaint myself with real clay, firing, glazes, under glazes, and surface design. It’s really an early love of mine..since I was a small child, again in high school, later in college, and something I’ve just dabbled in a lot and for some reason haven’t worked with in many years. The experience is profound to me as an artist. I feel like I’ve come home and am taking time to focus on this medium. I’ll have access to the teachers, kiln, glazes for another 3 or 4 weeks, so I need to take advantage of that and sort of throw myself into it with some intensity. I can’t wait to see where it takes me!
That’s all for now. See you in a week or two…