"Splashing, the grand prize winning photo as well as Nature category winner, was taken in the city of Batam in Indonesia’s Riau Islands"
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This post is for decrepit-telephone because whenever I see Parasols I think of you!
1) 1915-29 This parasol represents the apogee of parasol design of the early 1910s and 1920s, and the inclusion of an animal motif sets this parasol apart from others. Additionally, the motif is an identifiable breed fashionable in high society and a further nod to high style. The silk covered handle is also evidence of the high quality of this piece, and the fact that the crepe has been cut away, making the dog design visible from the inner side of the canopy as well as the outside.
2) c. 1920-39 The snakeskin trim found on this parasol sets it apart from the normal parasols of the day and may have coordinated the piece with other accessories such as shoes and a handbag. It is the characteristic parasol shape and size for the 1920s with a feminine color scheme, including pink stained wood to compliment the chiffon canopy.
" …Mr Strakhov said the little seal is almost blind and was unlikely to survive in the wild. Fortunately for the plucky pup, fate is smiling down on him. Mr Strakhov was in the company of a Russian dolphinarium who have taken the pup into their care.” Biggest grin on my face after reading that.
" …Mr Strakhov said the little seal is almost blind and was unlikely to survive in the wild.
Fortunately for the plucky pup, fate is smiling down on him.
Mr Strakhov was in the company of a Russian dolphinarium who have taken the pup into their care.”
Biggest grin on my face after reading that.
"When the clockwork is wound the music box plays and the glass rods rotate giving the illusion of flowing water. The swan turns its head from side to side and also preens itself. After a few moments the swan notices the swimming fish and bends down to catch and eat one (ornithologically inaccurate, as swans do not eat fish). The swan’s head then returns to the upright position and the performance, which has lasted about 40 seconds, is over. To help preserve the mechanism the swan is only operated once each day at 2pm." The mechanism was designed by John Joseph Merlin (1735-1803).