Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh has created an awesome portrait series of Championship Ornamental Chickens that showcases the handsome birds’ impressive plumage as well as their sassy attitudes. These may be static images, but it’s all to easy to envision the strutting that took place when they were shot. The photos are part of Goh’s latest photography book, entitled COCKS: The Chicken Book.
For the past two years we’ve shared the awesome Easter Egg Trees created by German pensioner Volker Kraft and family in Saalfeld, Germany. In keeping with the tradition he started back in 1965, this year’s tree is the most splendid yet, featuring the family’s ever-growing collection of beautifully hand-painted blown eggs, which now numbers 10,000 . That many eggs means that, depending on the weather, the family begins hanging them up between late February and late March. The spectacular tree attracts thousands of visitors each year, some of whom bring their own hand-decorate eggs to donate to the collection. After Easter the eggs are carefully removed, before the leaves grow on the tree, and then stored in cartons for next year.
"You should kiss the ground you walk on if you were born in this country— take it from an old man who once had to wear the Star of David on his shirt. There’s a safety to living in such a diverse place. It’s much more difficult to brainwash a population that is composed of so many different nationalities and so many different viewpoints."
You know in pride & prejudice (Keira Knightley, 2005, my personal favorite), where she stands up out of the carriage at Pemberly and just kind of laughs at the excessive grandeur of it all? That’s what the house I’m staying in feels like.