Why do you live in your body like you will be given another? As if it were temporary. You starve it, you let anyone touch it, you berate it. Tell it that should be completely different. You tug at your soft flesh, wish it thinner, wish it gone. You fall in love with those who praise the way it sighs under their hands, but who praises the way it holds up your weight, even when you are falling apart?

Warsan Shire (via fuglyhottie)


Orchid and Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904)

..Heade travelled in Brazil from 1863 to 1864, where he painted an extensive series of small works, eventually numbering over forty, depicting hummingbirds. He intended the series for a planned book titled “The Gems of Brazil”, but the book was never published due to financial difficulty and Heade’s concerns about the quality of the reproductions. Heade nevertheless returned to the tropics twice, in 1866 journeying to Nicaragua, and in 1870 to Colombia, Panama, and Jamaica. He continued to paint romantic works of tropical birds and lush foliage into his late career. (wikipedia)


Vegreville Pysanka

Bit late for this - a Ukrainian-style Easter Egg sculpture by Ron Resch made in 1973 was the first physical structure designed with 3D design software:

Though the surface area of an egg can be difficult to solve mathematically, the enigma of how to assemble two-dimensional tiles onto a three-dimensional egg was eventually solved[2] by Ronald Resch,[4][5] a computer science professor from the University of Utah, with the assistance of computer-aided design.[2] It was the first physical structure designed entirely with computer-aided geometric modelling software.

[Wikipedia Entry]