Daily Archives: September 25, 2006

Blog update

Well, I seem to have sorted out a few of the teething troubles that come when you set anything up. So now I need suggestions from all of you.One thing this blog can do is find photos of the animal that you may want to mosaic. As you can see, I’ve already found some photos of bearded dragons for someone. If you have problems with the design of your favourite beastie, I’m happy to try to find some photos that might help. I can’t necessarily do all posts as soon as I get the requests but I’m happy to do at least one daily.

There will be posts coming up this week on technical issues like mesh, adhesives and the like. So you have plenty of time to daydream about your design. Or stew about the technicalities ;). There are some amazing skills and an abundance of knowledge amongst those who have already decided to get involved with this project so don’t be shy about asking questions about anything to do with this project. Your question may bring up issues we haven’t yet thought of so we appreciate your input.

Questions, suggestions, advice – leave them here in the comments. If you accidentally put something in the wrong place I can move it. Don’t be scared to just say hello. 

This project is going to be fun! 


-Donna

 

Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragon on the Prowl, originally uploaded by ricko.

The Odd Couple, originally uploaded by bsmith4815.

 

abner. close up., originally uploaded by jessi..

 

Humph!, originally uploaded by Lisa4414.

 

BIG green tongue, originally uploaded by sansanparrots.

 

bearded dragon, originally uploaded by heavenuphere.

 

Scientific classification:

 

Kingdom: Animalia

Bearded Dragon is the common name for any agamid lizard in the genus Pogona. Bearded dragons have broad triangular heads and flattened bodies, with adults reaching approximately 50 cm head-to-tail. Males are slightly longer than females, but females are slightly heavier. They owe their name to a distinctive series of lateral spines (specialized scales) radiating horizontally from the head and base of the tail. They are mostly terrestrial, but climb to bask and search for prey. They inhabit mostly open woodlands, scrub, and desert.

All species are native to Australia, but have been exported worldwide, and due to their convenient size, hardiness, and omnivorous diet, are popular reptile pets. They are one of the most popular pet lizards in the United States.

Bearded Dragons can puff out the spiny protrusions under their chin beard when they are angry, giving them the appearance of having a humanlike beard. They may bob their heads or wave either of their forearms as communication. A commonly used enclosure size for baby bearded dragons is 10 gallons; adults tend to thrive in enclosures 40 gallons and larger.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_Dragon

 

WooHoo! Our first mosaic contribution…

Lizard by Angela Kingshott

mosaic_addicts : Photos

…and isn’t he a beauty!

The gorgeous lizard on mesh is by Angela Kingshott, who is wellknown to those who frequent the Yahoo groups Mosaic Addicts, MAO and Mosaic Critics.

So a few words about me… I live in England, on the outskirts of
the market town of Aylesbury which is about 15 miles north of
Oxford… I have been doing mosaics for over 3 years now… am a
group organiser for the British Association for Modern Mosaic, am an
exhibited artist having taken part in BAMM exhibitions and Oxford
Art Weeks. My work can also be found in a designer gallery.
Once I heard about the challenge I knew that I had to take part. I
am madly keen on wildlife as if we cannot look after it and the
planet what hope is there for mankind? and I was deeply touched by
Steve Irwin’s approach, his ability to involve people from all
generations and hand on approach – just how I approach mosaic, and
very upset by his untimely death.

I feel that it would be very appropriate if the mosaic world comes
together on the project to provide a fitting memorial for Steve. I
have already donated a lizard on mesh to the project – to get it off
to a flying start, and plan to do an Indian Elephant, as I have
learnt how much they meant to Steve, I also plan a croc, a bird and
who knows maybe a little bit of English wildlife might find its way
in there, just to reflect his global interest in wildlife and to
reflect that Aylesbury was the first place in the world to have a
hospital dedicated to wildlife… which outgrew its home to such an
extent that it is now in Thame and is called Tiggywinkles…