Our 1880 edition of The Poetical Works of John Milton, printed by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., No. 13 Astor Place, New York. With a bookplate from Wilber C. Mickey, purchased on March 26th, 1887 for 85 cents.
Those who follow this blog regularly will know of the main aspect of my religious practice; curating petals for the Deity I devote myself to.
He really likes petals, that’s about all I can say to explain it.
What you’re seeing here is the first part of a long, lengthy process: buying lots of bouquets, and drying lots of flowers. This is probably the first of about 5 different plates – maybe I’ll even upload some more.
Here we have eucalyptus (top of the plate, green), bird of paradise (orange and purple, one of many; this one dropped off first), orchids (the white), snapdragons (the pink), and sunflower.
Also being offered up are lavender and calendula, which you can see on the left side of the altar in the wooden offering bowl. On the right we have a personal crystal (sort of) grid.
In the centre of the altar there’s something that I’m particularly proud of:
A claw from an animal representing each element. From the left to the right we have a Thrush (air), Grizzly Bear (earth), Crab (water) and Bengal Tiger (fire).
In between them is the gatekeeper’s key to All Things.
It’s a small gift to a greater purpose.
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Ksenia Ovsyanick as the Firebird is a mysterious creature in glittering body tights and scaly armour-plating, sprouting feathers like a Bird of Paradise. She loses these in the course of the ballet to other characters. The dancers commit themselves to their roles, flaunting their glitzy costumes with panache. But it’s a muddled piece, overpowered by Stravinsky’s myth-making music.
Festive birds, all courtesy of Mark Catesby and my recent quest for images to adorn the Library’s annual holiday card.
From top left: The Parrot of Paradise; The Summer Redbird; The Flamingo; The Redheaded Woodpecker. All handcolored copper-plate engravings from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (London: Printed for C. Marsh, 1754).