"Wood Elf {Male}" from "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You" illustration by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Elf

"Wood Elf {Male}" from "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You" illustration by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Whitespots (stachys sylvatica): Stachys sylvatica, commonly known as hedge woundwort, whitespot, or sometimes as hedge nettle, is a perennial herb growing to 80 cm tall in woodland and unmanaged grassland. In temperate zones of the northern hemisphere it flowers in July and August. The flowers are purple. The leaves, when crushed or bruised, give off an unpleasant fetid smell.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stachys%20sylvatica

Whitespots (stachys sylvatica): Stachys sylvatica, commonly known as hedge woundwort, whitespot, or sometimes as hedge nettle, is a perennial herb growing to 80 cm tall in woodland and unmanaged grassland. In temperate zones of the northern hemisphere it flowers in July and August. The flowers are purple. The leaves, when crushed or bruised, give off an unpleasant fetid smell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stachys%20sylvatica

Dog Violets (viola riviniana): Viola riviniana, the common dog-violet, is a species of the genus Viola native to Eurasia and Africa. It is also called wood violet and dog violet. It is a perennial herb of woodland edges, grassland and shady hedge banks. It is found in all soils except acid or very wet.  It is a perennial, flowering from April to June.  Viola riviniana was voted the county flower of Lincolnshire in 2002, following a poll by the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife…

Dog Violets (viola riviniana): Viola riviniana, the common dog-violet, is a species of the genus Viola native to Eurasia and Africa. It is also called wood violet and dog violet. It is a perennial herb of woodland edges, grassland and shady hedge banks. It is found in all soils except acid or very wet. It is a perennial, flowering from April to June. Viola riviniana was voted the county flower of Lincolnshire in 2002, following a poll by the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife…

leaf collage scene by paper-cutting artist jared schorr (supercoolspyclub), reminding me of paintings by henri rousseau: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rousseau

leaf collage scene by paper-cutting artist jared schorr (supercoolspyclub), reminding me of paintings by henri rousseau: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rousseau

Introduced Sage (salvia pratensis): Salvia pratensis (meadow clary or meadow sage) is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. The specific epithet pratensis refers to its tendency to grow in meadows. It also grows in scrub edges and woodland borders.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia%20pratensis

Introduced Sage (salvia pratensis): Salvia pratensis (meadow clary or meadow sage) is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. The specific epithet pratensis refers to its tendency to grow in meadows. It also grows in scrub edges and woodland borders. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia%20pratensis

A Wood Elf (female) illustrated in the Faery Fieldguide from the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Elf

A Wood Elf (female) illustrated in the Faery Fieldguide from the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) at Jurong Bird Park. I LOVE the colours of the bird and the sharpness of the image emphasises it's elegance.

Blue-and-gold Macaw

Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) at Jurong Bird Park. I LOVE the colours of the bird and the sharpness of the image emphasises it's elegance.

Mountain Laurel (kalmia latifolia): Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain-laurel, calico-bush, or spoonwood, is a species of flowering plant in the heather family, Ericaceae, that is native to the eastern United States. Its range stretches from southern Maine south to northern Florida, and west to Indiana and Louisiana. Mountain-laurel is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. It is the namesake of the city of Laurel, Mississippi (founded 1882)…

Mountain Laurel (kalmia latifolia): Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain-laurel, calico-bush, or spoonwood, is a species of flowering plant in the heather family, Ericaceae, that is native to the eastern United States. Its range stretches from southern Maine south to northern Florida, and west to Indiana and Louisiana. Mountain-laurel is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. It is the namesake of the city of Laurel, Mississippi (founded 1882)…

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