blast from the past // samaras and planorbis

Time for some blast from the past ! While browsing my archives, I stumbled upon these photos, which I loved back then & still love today : samaras (seeds) & planorbis (fossils).

03rd June 2010

⎡ A samara is a type of fruit in which a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue develops from the ovary wall. A samara is a simple dry fruit and indehiscent (not opening along a seam). They are winged achenes. The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away from the parent tree. ⎦

These samaras came from an Acer Monspeliensis, a local type of maple from Montpellier region.

⎡ Planorbis is a genus of air-breathing freshwater snails, aquatic pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Planorbidae, the ram's horn snails, or planorbids. All species in this genus have sinistral or left-coiling shells. ⎦

The planorbis were found locally too, and are supposed to be 120 millions years old.

If you wonder, what is between the samaras & the planorbis were seeds, and other fossils.

Have a lovely middle of the week !



blast from the past // acacia dealbata diptych

You will soon hear cicadas over here if I keep on not posting ... sorry about that. A lack of motivation & inspiration altogether threw me out of the loop.

I have therefore decided to dig some photos from the archives, creating at the same time a new blog category, which I prefered to name "Blast from the past", because it sounds more fun than "From the archives". But that's my personal opinion, that's all.

So today I digged a diptych, made of a photo of Acacia dealbata (also known as "silver wattle" in English or "mimosa" en français), and of a little watercolor I had made of it, back then, which is March 2010. 2010, wow, it almost sounds like prehistory, ahah !

So nothing new in the shop this week, I fear. A lack of sun (the cloudiest & darkest, and mildest winter ever !), and a major need of reorganization of my ideas, compeletely put me down. I'm also trying to get back to regular working out, which requires a bunch of my personal motivation (and a bit of my time as well), I must say.

I learnt today from hubby that we might as well not know anything new about our future (staying here for another handful of years or leaving for living abroad - quite the opposite thing !) before March or April ... or even later. Can you feel my dispair ?! This is so unmotivating & paralyzing to me ... or at least for the moment.

I know I should see the bright side of it all, and it should motivate me a lot for doing things in all areas of my life, but for the moment, it surely doesn't. It blocks my creative vibe, and when I feel like doing something, my mind is cluttered by all the things I'd love to do & then I don't know where to start.

I need to put my chin up & smile to life. I have nothing specific to worry about, I should feel so lucky. (I know I am)

Therefore, since I am currently feeling B&B (bored & boring), unless I make something new & have to show you, I will be digging in my own archives, for more Blast from the Past !

Be well !