Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friendly Moomins

This cute video was made singlehandedly by our neighbor girl with a camera, sofa, and some toys - isn't it wonderful? It has music, so make sure you have the sound on. I love the Moomins, or Mumintroll as we call them in Swedish. Thanks EL!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Outdoor Library

Outdoor Library, originally uploaded by debeeldenplukker.

Apart from being a bit inconvienent in snow and rain, I love this. Pick a book, drop down on the grass and get lost between the pages. Wonderful art and much more. This is part of an art installation in Ghent, Belgium. Nice, isn't it?

Friday, July 13, 2012

OK snapshot: Napp

Drag för näbbgädda? {fishing tool for 'untranslatable Swedish species '?}

Seen in Stockholm, of course.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fuligo septica - dog vomit slime mold

The most amazing organisms are sometimes right in front of you and you don't notice them. This slime mold, Fuligo septica, a myxomycete, a kind of fungus, showed up on a lot of recently put down bark mulch.

It rained a lot and then these big patched of white leathery slippery stuff started accumulating, and the colonies were up to 20 cm in diameter (that is 8 inches for you non-metric readers:).

After a few days the white turns into brown and small black dusty things show up on the top surface and then it kind of dissolves and composts itself back into the mulch.

And the name is perfect. Dog vomit slime mold - that is the accepted, correct name, and it sure looks like it. Sometimes this species can be yellow instead of white, especially if there is a lot of heavy metals in the soil.