As I previously mentioned, T. tectorum has the most spectacular trichomes - the “hairs” or “scales” found on most air plants. They’re designed to capture water efficiently: even water droplets as small as mist get pulled in. An air plant appears becomes greener once it is fully moistened. When they are ready to look for more water, the trichomes open up in the span of an hour or two (the opening up part of this time lapse was taken over 3 hours, which I compressed to 6 seconds). Plants operate on a different timescale than animals, so time lapse photography helps us observe the fun things they do! #airplant #airplantlove #tillandsia #tillandsiatectorum #houseplants #indoorplants #houseplantsofinstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantlove #plantlife #plantsofinstagram #plantstagram #botanical #botany #greenery #timelapse #best_timelapse #hyperlapse

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etsyfindoftheday 5 | 9.4.14

theme thursday: glorious gold … get stoked

brown leather & gold-painted planter by plantandcolor

new shop find plantandcolor does a great job combining minimalistic home decor and air plants in super trendy color palettes — i can’t get enough of this leather planter that’s accented in gold. AND? it’s just $14.

Went to a wedding recently and ended up taking home a bunch of beautiful cut succulents. Hoping I can root them! Both of these 10x10 inch echeveria prints are available in my shop - Echeveria lilacina and Echeveria pulidonis. –
Start of summer sale ends tomorrow, June 1. Use promo code “SUMMER16” for 20% off prints and originals on my website and on Etsy - www.aaronapsley.com


Hey plants, what are you up to while I’m at work? (taken 9am to 7pm) #houseplants #plantlove #foliage #indoorplants #calathea #calatheafreddy #timelapse #best_timelapse #calathearoseopicta #calathealancifolia #airplants #tillandsia #tillandsiaxerographica

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FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 4 | 8.15.14

glass globe + wood and iron wall decor by pineknobsandcrickets

a one-of-a-kind home accessory. this beautiful planter/shelving unit would be perfect to hold air plants or other terrariums, found objects, or even tiny tea light candles. the wrought iron hooks look gorgeous against the recycled wood backing. love.


These cheerful underwater creatures are the creations of Occidental, CA-based artists Cindy and James Searles. The pair make squid, octopus, and jellyfish-shaped porcelain hanging planters in a variety of colors and patterns. They also make some that can be worn as necklaces, so you don’t have to say goodbye to your air plant when you leave home. Each piece is hand thrown and glazed, so no two are exactly alike.

Head over to the Searles’ Etsy shop to check out more of their handmade porcelain creature planters. They’d look wonderful hanging beside Cathy Van Hoang’s sea urchin jellyfish planters that we featured back in January.

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etsyfindoftheday | GIFT BLITZ | 12.9.14

gift recipient: for the DIY-obsessed
featured item: glass terrarium kit with air plant by jechoryglassdesigns

your second DIY gift find for today is a stained glass air plant terrarium kit that your recipient will be able to assemble themselves, creating the perfect little window to nature in any interior setting. i love the fact that the trendy, geometric glass piece features an asymmetrical design; it goes so well with the organic look of the air plants, moss and sand.

July 11, 2015 - here’s the original, hi-res image of me at the epiphyte garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Colourful bromeliads cover the ground while arches are draped with Spanish moss. Tillandsia xerographica plants are perched on the arches though they are hard to see from this image. Also hard to see in this image - my face is glowing with awe and amazement!

One of my watercolor prints accompanied by the Haworthia attenuata I used as reference, along with a few friends. It’s grown quite a bit since I originally painted it a while back! This and other watercolor botanical art prints are now available on my website - www.aaronapsley.com