The secret life of foxes (ENG)

by me and Marco Gulino

We are using a camera to record the habits of our rich garden wildlife: squirrels, robins, blue tits and brown tits, magpies, parrots, and of course foxes.

Marco (blog.gulinux.net), who’s the most “technophile” among us, has set up a Raspberry Pi with a Noir camera (without IR filter) and an IR led light for night vision.

This has ended up to be an engaging project for both.

A couple of foxes visit our garden almost every day, mostly in the late afternoon and early evening, rarely during the night.

The next video is a collection of all the foxes visits on the first day of March. The garden was covered in snow and more snow was falling.

Notice the bright paths the foxes left on the snow!

We are using an infrared light to illuminate our garden during darkness:

The camera needs therefore be without an infrared blocking filter, and this causes the vegetation to appear purple and the snow green.

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The garden covered with snow on February 28th.

Here the (supposedly) same two foxes at the start of January:

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Two foxes on January 2dn by Marco Gulino.
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Fox on January 2nd by Marco Gulino.

 

A previous post about my obsession with foxes: Volpi (Italian).

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Osch’s river Thames (ENG)

A short time ago I wrote about the street artist Osch

While I was in the East London looking for some new art materials today, I found this new work: the face with the smile shaped as the river Thames. 

Osch – Otto Schade in London (ENG)

I love street art, and London offers herself as a boundless canvas.

I mean, there is maybe lot of rubbish out there, but there are also some real artists and people of amazing creativity and insights. London’s brick walls and maze-like streets speak and say a lot, if you stop and listen to them!

Right now, one of my favourite street artists is Osch – Otto Schade. He’s a Chilean artist and in these years (say, the last two years) I’ve seen lots of his artworks around the city.

I particularly like his “spheres” : you can notice one of Osch’s sphere from far away – his style is unmistakable.

“Say it with flowers”.

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“Say it with flowers/Girl picking special flowers “. September 2017. Credit: me.
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“Say it with flowers/Girl picking special flowers “, particular. September 2017. Credit: me.
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“Don Quijote riding away from a Nuclear Power Station”. September 2017, credit: me.

Osch at Camdem Lock, through the weeping willows:

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At Camden Lock, September 2017. Credit: me.
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Camden Lock and weeping willows, September 2017. Credit: me.
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Camden Lock and street food, September 2017. Credit: me.

Rock…

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September 2017. Credit: me.

… Paper…

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Semptember 2017. Credit: me.

… Scissors.

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September 2017. Credit: me

 

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September 2017. Credit: me.

The next one is from July 2016:

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July 2016. Credit: me.

Today I was in Schoredich (see Joan Cornellà solo in Shoreditch (ENG)), and after the Cornellà exhibition I looked after a bit more of East London’s street art.

“Flies around shit”

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September 2017. Credit: me.
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September 2017. Credit: me.

This one should be brand new, since it wasn’t there a couple of weeks ago. It made me think about that deadly children game Trump and Kim Jong-un are playing right now….

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September 2017. Credir: me.

About that, here is a cartoon I’ve saved from a very recent Evening Standard copy:

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Cosy socks.

And this is the same street wall but last year, September 2016:

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Osch and stick figures, Septermber 2016. Credit: me.
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September 2016. Credit: me.

I’ve discovered that this style is called “orb style”: Around London, you can find also many “ribbon style” Osch works: a rhino, a bull, some fishes… – animals and human figures.

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Fishes, September 2017. Credit: me.
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Fish, particular, September 2017. Credit: me.

I leave you with this brief documentary by Maria Evrenos and Marine Candele:

 

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Joan Cornellà solo in Shoreditch (ENG)

Reality is quite creepy”

Today I wandered around my favourite area of London: the vibrant, ever changing Shoredich, my street art paradise.

I visited the solo exhibition of the Barcelona-based illustrator and cartoonist Joan Cornellà (hosted at Hoxton Arches till October 1st).

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Joan Cornellà: morbid, unsettling, sinister, flat-out offensive and provoking, unconventional, unnerving, cynic, coarse, truly sincere.

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Me. Yep, I’m a selfie addicted.

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This particular painting made me remember an article read the evening before about the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which the survivors asked the people to stop coming there and making selfies in front of the tower block where eighty people have died.

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Brutal double selfie.

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“Everything from our unnatural connection to social media and masturbatory selfie culture to political topics such abortion, addiction and gender issues – no subject is off limits.” (from the exhibition’s panel)

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Disegno: volpe addormentata

Ho fatto questo disegno come regalo per una mia cara amica.

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Volpe addormentata, aprile 2017. Prismacolor Colored Pencils su carta Stathome Colored Pencil.

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Confronto con la stessa volpe fatta il settembre scorso:

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Stesso modello, diversi materiali, e diversi mesi di esercizio in più!

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È la prima volta che regalo un disegno – se si esclude la “Volpe Ferita” per Marco, che però è ancora appeso in camera mia per motivi logistici. È una bella sensazione.

Ciao Anna ~

Chasing stars – Sicilia – parte 2 di 2

Parte 2 di 2

Continua da Chasing stars – Sicilia – parte 1 di 2.

Mare di notte

Ci dirigiamo alla spiaggia. Sciacca è una città collinare: la stradina che porta al mare si tuffa nel buio, lunga, ripidissima e piena di sobbalzi, costeggiata dalla vegetazione.

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“Non sono sicuro di aver preso la strada giusta…”

Il rombo del mare mi toglie il fiato. Le onde che si infrangono sul bagnasciuga formano sottili scie luminescenti.

E che cielo! Davanti a noi, quasi rasenti al mare, splendono le costellazioni del Cane Maggiore e di Orione. Si riesce anche a vedere la debole Via Lattea invernale.

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Il Cane Maggiore sul mare, proprio davanti a noi.

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Verso ovest…
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Orione, Aldebaran, Marte, le Pleiadi…

Dalla Sicilia, le costellazioni del cielo australe sono un po’ più alte sull’orizzonte. Il Corvo è ben visibile e luminoso, e là sotto emerge un pezzo della Vela!

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Rivedere dopo tanto tempo un bel cielo buio mi da alla testa.

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Su di giri!

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Giocando…
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E questa stella qui ovviamente è Epsilon Monocerotis.

La “W” di Cassiopea sfiora l’orizzonte.

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Cosa abbiamo usato

Per questi scatti abbiamo usato semplicemente lo smartphone: il OnePlus 3 di Marco, con il programma di camera standard.  

Le pose sono di 30 secondi, con ISO 2000.

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