This is a terrarium was created in a large glass jar that from a kitchen store. The plant medium is placed in the bottom in layers. Washed gravel was first, then filtered charcoal (as used in fish aquariums) then a layer of peat moss. A few small terrarium ferns are planted a shallow layer of potting soil. Make sure the soil surface is level to the crown of the plants. After planting the ferns and gently snugging them into the soil, two small ceramic bunnies were placed among the plants, peaking from their hideout.
An old school building from the early 1930's provide wonderful texture as a backdrop and companion to the flowering crepe myrtle tree. The old red bricks and gray cement plaster creates drama with rough texture. The pink flowers add a special juxtaposition to the overall effect.
Contrast adds drama and interest to any element, be it nature or art. Color plays a big part in contrast also. Add white with blues, reds and yellows for a showy hanging basket. Variegated ivy and grasses also add a special zing of interest and pizzaz!
Nature and wildlife not only bring peace and joy to everyday living, it also provides an avenue to be creative. Painting a scene with objects such as living plants and colorful man made treasures. Nature does all things well.
Icons from the Past
Signs of American can be found everywhere, especially in smaller towns. This sign is near the downtown area of Abilene, Texas. It is an old motor court that has been long abandoned yet still remains and somehow it has an appeal that beckons passerbys to long for yesteryears simplicity.
Faded whitewash lettering can still be read on the old red brick facade.
Looking straight on at this old window an its' overhang awning, the ends of the look-a-like tiles have a green patina that lends charm and interest to scenes such as this.
From the side of the building, looking down the rows of windows, a hypnotizing pattern draws the viewer closer in to witness the salute of the awnings.
The ends of the building is made of stucco. Patches of gray gives indication of plastered over windows. Look how nature has reclaimed this parcel of the neighborhood. The old tree has put down roots and lends its leafy foliage to the decorum of days gone by.
Peeking over into the court yard of this old motel is the invitation to come in and stay awhile. How many travelers have stayed here? If only the walls could talk.