Je vous parlais hier de Michelle Morin. Promenez-vous sur son blog, , bien plus complet que son site, et vous comprendrez pourquoi. Ses aquarelles sont à couper le souffle. Elle transmet à merveille la complexité de la Nature, la vraie, faune et flore, branches et animaux imbriqués, tout en leur conférant une luminosité et une lisibilité surNaturelle. Ses œuvres sont à la fois délicates, chargées et spectaculaires. Elle vit au bord de la mer, dans le New Hampshire et a travaillé de longues années dans le milieu de l’horticulture avant de se lancer vraiment dans la peinture. Un vrai amour des plantes et des animaux, car issu d’une vraie connaissance, jaillit de son travail.
D’après sa boutique Etsy, j’ai l’impression qu’elle a déjà une belle renommée, bien méritée.

Suthipa Kamyam

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"Without their chloroplasts plants would be left like the rest of us, to eat what they find. Instead they hold out their green palms and catch light. If there is magic in the world, surely this is it: the descendants of tiny creatures in leaves, capable of ingesting the sun."
Rob Dunn, “The Glory of Leaves,” National Geographic

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Gone in one gulp! The tiny “by-the-wind-sailors” that have been appearing on area beaches also happen to be a favorite snack of the enormous ocean sunfish (Mola mola), which can grow to be the size of a small car! (photo by Jodi Frediani)

By-the-wind sailors (Velella velella) are actually hydroid polyps—jelly-like invertebrates.The “sail” helps propel the animal on its journey across the ocean. In late spring and early autumn, hundreds of thousands of these drifting sailors wash up on the beaches of Northern California. 

The velella stays on the surface of the open ocean for most of its life. To remain buoyant in the ocean, it has a series of sealed air chambers in its float. They travel in groups of thousands, and capture small fish with short tentacles that have stinging cells dangling underwater. (Although their sting is strong enough to stun a tiny animal, a human being would barely feel it.)

Learn more about the ocean sunfish

Mola mola are the sloths of the ocean. 

Yumi Okita

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