Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Monday, 1 December 2008

Friday, 28 November 2008

School of South American Fish

Cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) and Pencil fish (Nannostomus beckfordi and Nannostomus bifasciatus) in the 45L tank.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Friday, 21 November 2008

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Friday, 10 October 2008

Obsidiana and unknow

The black one is a piece of obsidiana (kind of vulcanic glass) collected at Lake Naivasha area, Kenya; the other (unknown) was found at a beach in southern Portugal.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Egg & bowl

The ostrich egg is from Angola, the alabaster bowl from Luxor (Egypt) and the shells were collected at Carcavelos beach.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Golden barrel


Echinocactus grusonii
(25cm diameter)

Friday, 26 September 2008

Monday, 22 September 2008

Papyrus

First of all let me tell you I'm not very fond of this kind of artwork, but ... there was a similar painted papyrus hanging on the wall of my hotel bedroom in Cairo and one night I dreamt about it, so I thought it was some kind of sign from the Egyptian Gods and got this one... :-)

Friday, 19 September 2008

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Blooming again

A month and a half after the previous blooming (see the 2nd of August post), this echinopsis has got one more flower. It's the 3rd time this year...

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Monday, 8 September 2008

Ibis and Desert Rose

The ibis is made of soapstone.
Desert rose is the name given to rosette formations of gypsum (gesso) and barite, with sand inclusions.
Both brought from the Atlas chain, in Marocco.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Monday, 1 September 2008

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Rug

Mexican handicraft rug made of natural fibers dyed with vegetable inks. Bought at Oaxaca.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Acacia Seedpod

This 45cm long acacia seedpod was collected in Ivory Coast (Costa do Marfim).

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Floyd

This is my sister's clever dog (he seems to be having contact lenses, but he's not...). He allways stays with me when the owner is travelling and I really enjoy that, cause he's a great pal!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Burmese shells

Collected at Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Agate


Agate is the most common variety of chalcedony which is a form of quartz. It is, in fact, identical in composition and physical properties.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Harlequins over Java Moss


Species from left to right:
- trigonostigma hengeli
- trigonostigma heteromorpha
- trigonostigma espei

Sunday, 10 August 2008

360 shells


Spotted shells collected on Zanzibar beaches.
The black bowl made of a very light wood was bought in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar*.
* Check Tanzania (labels) on my travel blog.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Crowned cactus

Mammillaria sp.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Shark tooth


Fossil found at the Chilean desert.
They had much bigger ones there... and pretty heavier too!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Lucky bamboo

In fact, not a bamboo at all: dracaena sanderiana

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Friday, 1 August 2008

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

45 L Tank Evolution

 1 year later
FAUNA
caridina multidentata
corydoras melanistius
corydoras shwartzi
farlowella acus
nannostomus bifasciatus
nannostomus beckfordi
neritina natalensis
pangio kuhlii
pangio malayana
pangio semicincta
paracheirodon axelrodi
planorbis sp.
puntius titteya
FLORA
anubias barteri nana
crinum calamistratum
echinodorus quadricostatus magdalensis
microsorum pteropus
nymphaea lotus
rotala rotundifolia
taxiphyllum sp.
vallisneria sp.

40 L Tank

FAUNA
aspidoras pauciradiatus
caridina multidentata
corydoras pygmaeus
dicrossus filamentosus
lymnaea stagnalis
neocaridina heteropoda
neritina natalensis
parotocinclus jumbo
trichopsis pumilis
trigonostigma espei
trigonostigma hengeli
trigonostigma heteromorpha
FLORA
blyxa japonica
cladophora aegagropila
cryptocoryne sp.
echinodorus quadricostatus magdalensis
echinodorus rubin
hygrophila corimbosa siamensis 53B
microsorum pteropus
nymphaea lotus
rotala rotundifolia
taxiphyllum sp.