The graceful swan appeared on Jerry’s Pond about a month ago. That morning,
Swan near Jerry’s Pond
I watched as it glided silently through the water and slid onto the bank.
Then, the swan struck a pose so passersby could admire its beautiful feathers.
It seemed the ducks and Canadian geese gave it a wide berth.
Looking for Origami swans online, I was surprised to find many different designs.
An easy set of Origami swan instructions, I mangled with a cartoonish elongated necked bird and hastily disposed of the paper creature.
Origami Swan 5.20.2018
Here is the result of another swan design which turned out rather clunky and almost cubist in shape.
Oh well…what can one expect…it has been ages since I folded.
I need a more work-life balance so I too can swim calmly through the waters of life devoting more time to learning Origami.
Looking up, one sees a few trees with thinning colorful leaves against a blue sky.
Against Blue Sky 11.19.2017
Fallen Leaves 11.19.2017
While underfoot, fallen leaves are dry and crunch with each step.
Crimson, orange, and yellow leaves and all the spectrum in between cover the ground. More flutter downwards with the strong gusts of the chilly November wind.
Another sign of change in the seasons and the coming of winter. One last pumpkin
Last Pumpkin 11.19.2017
Leaf Snobe Cube 11.19.2017
remains lit on the porch that evening. At home, I folded a Sonobe Cube with six pieces of paper printed with leaves.
Sonobe refers to the unit of modular Origami. This cube is one of the simplest Sonobe shapes. How appropriate for the season.
The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Boston, is an explosion of color in May and June.
It is a living museum with collections of trees, bushes, shrubs and roses from all over the world.
As you stroll along the paths, be surprised by the vistas around each corner.
Origami Dragonfly 6.26.2017
Listen to the cacophony of birds especially in the early morning.
Be encircled by iridescent dragonflies darting in and out of the marshy areas.
Enjoy the fresh, crisp air.
Sit on a bench. Relax and absorb the magnificent landscape.
I remember seeing a Praying Mantis in my mother’s garden in Barbados, West Indies, when I was a child.
The long slender insects with bulging eyes and front legs as if in prayer ate nuisance insects so adults told us to leave them alone.
Praying Mantis 5.13.2017
Were they green, like this Origami Mantis, or light brown? I’m not sure.
As children, we were fascinated by stories of how the female Praying Mantis would bite off the head of the male after mating.
The Origami model here is made from two sheets of paper.
The two models are folded independently but exactly the same. Then, each model was modified; one to form the upper body and the other, the lower body.
It is quite neat how the bottom half of the insect slips under the folds of the upper half. You can see this fold above the lower legs.