Archive for December, 2010

Warning: Blogs Merging Ahead

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2010 by Megan

I’ve just about decided that it’s ridiculous, and hard, to maintain two blogs, both of which are about the pursuit of creativity.

So, I’ve decided to merge Carte de Visite into Silver & Chalk. Everything that’s here now will remain, but all future posts will take place over there.

And this way, you don’t have to read two different blogs!

Click here to go to Silver & Chalk.


Ariadne’s Thread

Posted in Photography 365, Still Life with tags , , on December 19, 2010 by Megan

Ariadne's Thread


Because she loved Theseus so much, she helped him escape the Minotaur’s maze with a very magical string woven, not of red fleece as the legend says, but of gold and iridescent fibers to help light the way. Charms, beads and totems are woven into the thread, which is knotted at intervals, to create an aura of protection about Theseus.

Quill, Quilling, Quilled

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 by Megan


‘Tis the Season….

Posted in Botanicals, Photography 365 on December 17, 2010 by Megan

For the seasoning!

I am appalled that I’ve never before used fresh nutmeg – and equally astonished at how perfectly gorgeous this little, plain brown…. nut… can be so beautiful inside.


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Posted in Photography 365 on December 16, 2010 by Megan

Abominable Snowman


Why, the Abominable Snowman, of course! I’ll bet you didn’t know their preferred method of entry was down the chimney!

Lynx, Meet Hibiscus

Posted in Animalia, Photography 365 with tags , , , , on December 13, 2010 by Megan

Sneaking in under the wire tonight. I was in bed, but the restless insomniac in me got back up. I figure it’s better to do something productive than lay there frustrated, right? (And, you know, I only have to be up in another 5 hours.)

We were inundated with lynx spiders this year, among other, more nefarious types. This one decided my hibiscus plant was the perfect place to lay her egg sac. Watching her was amazing: she laid the sac in the middle of the leaf, then using some super, extra strong silks, actually hemmed the leaf shut around the sac. If I happened to touch the plant, she would either charge towards me or move quickly to straddle her sac. Amazing and unexpected behaviors!

Lynx, Meet Hibiscus

You can just barely see her on the web – she was right below the egg sac when this was taken. It was so windy that I wasn’t able to get a good shot of the sewn-up leaf.

Lounging Around….

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2010 by Megan

I found this crazy, strange, mysterious…. thing…. attached to the branch of an oak sapling. There are many more of them out there, in just one section of the field, and I’ve no idea what they are.

I thought this one had a strange quality to it – it almost looks like a fat woman sunbathing!

So here she is, in all her glory:

Bathing Beauty

Laying Out

If you know what these are, let me know! I’m thinking some kind of fungus? I monitored them throughout the summer and fall, and never saw any sort of insect activity from it. Have I discovered some biblical blight?

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