Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.
Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.
[via Cedric Laquieze]
The Long-tailed Widowbird:
The Long-tailed Widowbird is found in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.
The first time I saw this bird was in book when I was a little girl. We had to create a project and I instantly fell in love with this beauty. I first witnessed it with my own eyes a little later riding in a packed minicab with my mother traveling from South Africa to Lesotho to attend a funeral in our village. One flew alongside us as though chaperoning us to the pain and heavy freedom of a family burial. Squashed in between tired mine-workers, city dwellers going home, I fell in love. It’s my favourite bird.
I admit I forgot it was Earth Day today until I came across Dynamic Africa's posts on my Dashboard. Everyday is Earth Day for us Africans I believe. Nonetheless, seeing all that natural beauty reminded me of my favourite animals, birds, insects from home.
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