Silver duckweed: bald cypress and tupelo trees in water covered with duckweed. The duckweed is a tiny plant that completely covers the surface of the water. The slant of the sun makes the plant cover look silver. Phinizy Swamp is in Augusta, GA - it's part of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.
Green duckweed: the same scene as the photo above, only shot from a different angle. The natural color of duckweed is bright green. The cypress knees stick up like nubs from the water. Part of the function of the knees is to get oxygen to the roots of the tree.
Duckweed up close. These are tiny floating green plants. There are a lot of tiny creatures in and around the duckweed, in the water: shrimplike animals, fish, insects. Maybe that's what the ducks like.
I have just finished some new teapots for the Year of the Snake. I focused on the beautiful skin patterns that some snakes have. The teapots are thrown and handbuilt, from porcelain. The decoration is drawn and painted in underglaze, covered with clear glaze, and then touched with gold overglaze. Three firings were needed for each teapot. Each teapot is approximately 4 inches high, which is full size in China. The teapots will go to an exhibition in Shanghai.
Priscilla Hollingsworth, artist.