Monthly Archives: May 2013

The world of Entomology

My trip down a walking path found me “face to face with a fuzzy little guy” hanging from an invisible string from a tree. When I picked him up and took him home with me I didn’t know I would be entering the world of entomology that day.

1- Day - It comes home with me -Resized

After checking many sources trying to identify this colorful active caterpillar,  I’ve come to this conclusion that he is:“The forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria. It can be distinguished by the keyhole-shaped spots along its back. Full-grown larvae have light-blue heads speckled with black and are sparsely covered with fine, whitish hairs.” Source: University Kentucky

Now that I know the adult will just be a “Moth” with two dark brown stripes on the front wings, I took him back and left him where I found him.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, May 31, 2013

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Sudoku

What is Sudoku?

It was originally called Number Place, a logic-based number puzzle.  Number puzzles first  appeared in newspapers in the late 19th century, when French puzzle setters began experimenting with removing numbers from magic squares and the  modern Sudoku was most likely designed anonymously by a retired architect and freelance puzzle constructor and first published in 1979 by Dell Magazines. The puzzle became popular in 1986 by a Japanese puzzle company and became international in 2005. They are now many variants to the game.

If you’ve never played Suduko, then I found  the following elementary sampler for practicing. Can you solve it before me? Every box must contain one of the numbers 1 through 4, but only one of each per column in every row.

And,  if you need more instructions, I found this video  just for beginners. Click HERE.

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Puzzles are probably some of oldest inventions for entertaining and competing. You do know that Number Games help sharpen the mind, don’t you?

Written by Mary Gilmartin, May 29, 2013

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Sculpture, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002)

1-Niki In The Garden

When the “Niki in the Garden” outdoor sculpture exhibit traveled to Atlanta’s Botanical Garden in 2006, not only did I experience the magic of enormous statues by this artist, but I got to see some of her oversized, powerful women celebrating life and often dancing. Some of her sculptures are massive in scale and some are embellished with mirrors, glass and ceramic mosaics that seem to come to life.

The artist, Niki de Saint Phalle, was a sculptor, painter and film maker born in France.  You can read more about her biography in the “Life of Niki de Saint Phalle” on this link.

4-Niki In The Garden

10-Niki In The Garden

9-Niki In the Garden

3-Niki In The Garden

12-Niki In The Garden

6-Niki In The Garden

The last photograph is named: Fontaine aux Nanas  If you click on the name you will see a full view of this statue I found in a gallery in France.

Written and Photographed  by Mary Gilmartin, May 28, 2013

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Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013 Handmade by Veterans

Today, May 27, 2013, is Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday to commemorate soldiers who died in war and a day to remember those who have fallen during service to our country.

As we commemorate the soldiers we have lost, as well as wounded soldiers, bereaved families, orphans and widows, let’s not forget the meaning and traditions behind this sacred holiday.  Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day.”  Its purpose was to visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of soldiers who had died in the Civil War. By the year 1882, everyone started calling it “Memorial Day,” and by the time World Wars I and II had ended, it had evolved into a day to honor all fallen military men and women.

Unknown Soldiers - Stone Mountain Cemetery
Stone Mountain, Georgia Cemetery, Section of Unknown Soldiers: Photo 05-27-2013

If you ever visit Stone Mountain Park, make sure you visit “Memorial Lawn.” To read more about “Sacrifice and Valor, check this post here.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, May 27, 2013

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Photography, Black & White (1947)

Sometimes I find old black & white photographs in a shop for sale and buy them. Recently  I found three  8 x 10’s dated 1947.  Even though I don’t know anybody in these photographs, I found them interesting because they came with a story taped on the bottom about a work accident that occurred with one industrial worker.

Below is a watercolor painting of a street scene in New Orleans from 1947. Someone had glued it on the back of one of these photographs.

B 004

B 003

B 005

“4. ANN FORST (2214), a coil winder at Archer, makes no effort to hide her emotion as she points to the goggles that protected her eyes when they were hit by a falling brake arm. (September 1947)”

B 006(The Accident Record)—is missing

Written by Mary Gilmartin, May 23, 2013

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