FRIDAY April 24th
SPACE and COLOUR are truly universal in both ocean and galaxies and in Art. We may mess up our world but on time it will have little effect.Left:
Long Salp Chain. Salps belong to a group of undersea animals called tunicates. Tunicates are saclike filter-feeders that live on plankton and organic matter they strain from the water they pump through their bodies. Their more well-known relative is the sea squirt or sea pork -Steven Goodheart
Leucothea ctenophore... Of all the shallow-water lobate ctenophores, this spectacular species is the largest, reaching lengths of at least 25 cm.
©: Alexander Semenov, http://clione.ru/
Artist name: ?
Caribbean Coral ReefsCaribbean reefs with unhealthy corals, Guadeloupe, 2013 Photo: Catlin Seaview Survey Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish in 20 years', BBC News, 2 July 2014
From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed 02 July 2014
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature: www.iucn.org/?uNewsID=16056
WEDNESDAY April 22th
The history of Sint Maarten
SINT MAARTEN doesn't remember whether is has been conquered, occupied or discovered. Its history of piracy and slave trade have been washed out by Sun, Sea & Sand and luxurious yachting. For the same money (actually it is US$ and €'s here) you can imagine yourself in Malaga, Saint Jean the Luz or in a resort on the Turkish Coast.History of the Caribby Islands (download 245 mb)
And the 'air' is all about selling jewellery and time share apartments. There is hardly any interest in its own history, the small heritage museum in Philipsburg is struggling.
The French part SAINT MARTIN has more of an own style, may it be a little worn out with blistering paint and low storey buildings,
When it rains, the brown sides of the low sloping hills change to the brightest green you can imagine, but there is no agriculture; they say because the descendants of slaves are fed up with working the land.
This early study of the Caribbean is an English translation of a French work published anonymously in Rotterdam in 1658 under the title Histoire naturelle et morale des iles Antilles de l'Amerique (Natural and moral history of the Antilles). The original author was Charles de Rochefort (1605-83)
Across the Sea'Across the Sea' from an antique american game by Milton Bradley Company 1910 Especially charming color lithograph showcasing the countries of Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Holland, Venice and Egypt. Established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1860, The Milton Bradley Company has become a household name in American games.
SATURDAY April 18th
GOD the Geometer and a Memory Game
The project includes a 'MEMORY GAME'. A card game of 24 small cards with an explaining text sheet, of subjects related to 'ocean' or 'sea'. The cards are laid face down on the table and the position of pairs has to be memorized.
One such pair is 'GOD -the geometer (science is divine) and FRACTALS (geometric -scientific- recurring patterns in nature)
God as Architect/ Builder/ Geometer/ Craftsman, The Frontispiece of Bible Moralisée
Description: science, and particularly geometry and astronomy/ astrology, was linked directly to the divine for most medieval scholars. The compass in this 13th century manuscript is a symbol of God´s act of Creation. God has created the universe after geometric and harmonic principles, to seek these principles was therefore to seek and worship God.
Circa 1220-1230, illumination on parchment, 34.4 x 26 cm (13.5 x 10.2 in)
Current location: Austrian National Library
Accession number : Codex Vindobonensis 2554, f.1 verso
Source/Photographer : archiv.onb.ac.at
©: anonymous artist, Public Domain Wikipedia
FRACTALSLamarck - SEA URCHINS (detail) Jean Baptiste (Pierre Antoine) de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck [1744-1829], Echinus 136 -Tableau Encyclopédique et Méthodique des Trois Regnes de la Nature, Paris 1791-1798. From the pattern library of WikiMechanics.org. Photograph by D Dunlop.
Sea urchins are sea creatures that live in oceans all over the world. Similar to sea stars, sea urchins have a water vascular system. Their spherical shape is typically small, ranging from about 3 cm to 10 cm in diameter, and their bodies are covered with a spiny shell. The skeleton of a sea urchin is also known as the test. The shells within the test of these creatures are made up of packed, fitted plates which protect them from being damaged. As for the spines outlining their shell, these are movable and help the sea urchin to camouflage or protect itself from predators. Sea urchins can vary greatly in colour. Some of the most frequently seen colours are black, red, brown, purple and light pink. On the bottom side of a sea urchin there are five teeth that these organisms use to ingest algae and break down other foods they consume to survive. These five teeth continually grow throughout the sea urchin´s life. On the outside of their body, they also have hundreds of transparent tubes that emerge which allow them to stick to the bottom of the ocean or to move at a very slow pace. These unusual tubes are called tube feet". Their tube feet are much longer than the spines outlining their shells and they are also used by the sea urchin to trap food and in respiration.
Read more: tolweb.org
©: Public Domain
Map EU Overseas Countries & TerritoriesHere is another map -relevant to the area- which you may find interesting. Map of the EU - Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) and Outermost Regions (OMR). This map shows the territorial scope of the Treaties of the EU as specified by Article 52 of the Treaty on European Union and Article 355 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
©: The original is from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint_Maarten#/media/File:EU_OCT_and_OMR_map_en.png
Source: Natural Earth 1:50m (www.naturalearthdata.com) Author: Alexrk2
Theodor De Bry - Central America 1594 (de bry 1/3)The original map is: Occidentalis Americae partis - Central America, Caribbean 1594, which you can view here on Wikimedia;
source: Helmink Antique Maps
© of the coloured image as featured (and can be purchased from) artofamerica.com and bridgemanimages on zazzle.com
More on the remarkable artist Theodore de Bry later ...
FRIDAY April 17th
KLM map showing busy airtraffic to the small islands in the Caribbean
Today was the start of the second part of my SAIL-project: the flight of nearly 7000 km from Amsterdam to Sint Maarten (Caribbean) in little more than eight hoursYou can follow the project at sail.robertschilder.com and our sailing adventures (in dutch) www.sy-gemini.nl
It is a funny idea that we will cover the same stretch in reverse direction, sailing, for the duration of probably 3 months.