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sussexwildlifetrust:

Teasels waiting for the goldfinches to arrive

sussexwildlifetrust:

Teasels waiting for the goldfinches to arrive

desidere:

cbrachyrhynchos:

nineprotons:

notapaladin:

prettylittlerobbers:

missolivialouise:

Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Streetcars!
Airships!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

i am so into this wow

sign me the fuck up

I want a solarpunk future. *_*

Wow.

SOLARPUNK OH MY GODDDDDD i love it

CURVY ORGANIC LINES, REFLECT NATURE, FLORALS VEGETATION, UGHHHH I WANT IT 

Dead Poets Society (1989)
brookshawphotography:

A young Sumatran Tiger Cub at Chester Zoo…
They have successfully raised 4 cubs over the past 3 years and are part of an international breeding programme. When you consider there are less than 400 of these wonderful tigers left in the world then this is positive news…

less than 400 left… :(

brookshawphotography:

A young Sumatran Tiger Cub at Chester Zoo…

They have successfully raised 4 cubs over the past 3 years and are part of an international breeding programme. When you consider there are less than 400 of these wonderful tigers left in the world then this is positive news…

less than 400 left… :(

OMG, I want this kooky creature in my house right now! :)

OMG, I want this kooky creature in my house right now! :)

illusionwonderland:

Ahh. I knew I saw it somewhere. This is the fanmade version from last year. Apparently they were inspired by this and changed it a bit to the one now.

I’ve been tagged! :)

highlandfangirl:

Rule #1: Always post the rules.

Rule #2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked, then write 11 new ones

Rule #3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post

Rule #4: Actually tell them you tagged them

Here are the questions I was asked, and my answers: 

1. What is the latest movie you are most excited to watch?

"Lucy" (2014), "Boulevard" (2014), "Maleficent" (2014)

2. What are your favorite toppings for your pizza?

Peppers, Onions, Black Olives

3. Would you rather be able to fly or breath under water?

Breath under water. To be able to swim with wild penguins or dolphins, what could be better than that?! :)

4. What was your least favorite meal as a child?

Borscht. I tell you, there is nothing on this earth worse than red beets, ugh, LOL.

5. If your life was a tv show, what would it be called?

"Wasted Potential"

6. What is the best advice you could give to your 12 year old self?

You don’t have to wait ‘til you’re 18. You know what you want to do. Start now.

7. Which game do you play the most?

I do the crossword puzzle in the morning paper almost every day. (Oh, how hard I work!)

8. Do you sing in the shower?

Heavens, no! I sound like Lucy Ricardo!

9. If you could have any fictional character as your mentor, would it be?

Mary Poppins. Imagine! You’d learn that chores can be fun with the right attitude, you’d have wild adventures, and you’d be made to see that your perpetually cross stick-in-the-mud father actually does have a heart. :)

10. How many schools did you go to?

Too many, and not enough.

11. Which fictional school do you wish you could have gone to?

Starfleet Academy

I was tagged by ztarlucy. But now I’m going to change the rules a bit, I hope nobody minds. Instead of tagging people and perhaps making them feel obligated, I ask that anyone who would like to play, please do! Otherwise, no hard feelings. :)

Here are my questions, for anyone who wishes to answer:

  1. What is the number one place you’d like to travel?
  2. What is your favorite vacation so far?
  3. What was your favorite childhood book?
  4. What are you reading right now?
  5. What is your favorite foreign movie or TV show?
  6. Who is your celebrity crush?
  7. Do you have any pets?
  8. What musical instrument, if any, do you play?
  9. What class did you hate the most in school?
  10. What talent/skill do you wish you had?
  11. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Rainbow Giant by jwilsonnorton
flowerfood:

Malay Lacewing by NM Flower Girl on Flickr.