Word of the Day - Black Cat Photography
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May 2, 2008 (Day 97)

Halcyon: (adj.) peaceful; undisturbed; happy; (noun) a mythical bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was fabled to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation

I think Hillary asked once on a previous shot if I knew origami because I've folded a few things for photos. The crane is the first thing I taught myself to make, back in fifth grade, in order to decorate a small Christmas tree with a bunch of them as ornaments. I love the art very much.

In high school, I became a TA for a fantastic math teacher who learned my penchant for folding paper. He asked me to make several very elaborate origami boxes—the kind that take hundreds of pieces of folded paper to piece together in parts—to illustrate some mathematical things. He began pointing out the most complex ones in books to challenge me, the hardest of which was an octagonal box that had a piece that ended up looking like two stars sitting on top of an octagon. It was tough, and I had to make several of them for the box's sides. I still know how to make that little piece and will sometimes do so while sitting in conferences because the result is pretty. And a good consumption of time when bored. :)

Edit to add a short "how-to" per Gail's request. The background is a piece of paper I hastily watercolored. I then set the paper crane on a jar in front of it and snapped the picture. The water is courtesy of the Flood filter from Flaming Pear, masked to make the swan look like it's floating in it. I did try it with real water first and wasn't having any luck. :P

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