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December 31, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Cutting in time line

Some carve out time for themselves. Others carve themselves into time.

Dilemma of artists, writers, and scientists whether it is better to see what is unseen by others, or to be blithely dependent others at the edge of the known?

Change is alway colorful; sometime unpredictable if not carved in stone. (Chameleon on a Fig Branch carved of Grossular garnet and chromite from Transvaal-Cape Province, South Africa.(© All images Copyrighted, ALL rights reserved , No permissions granted)

Changing is alway colorful; sometimes unpredictable if not carved in stone. (Chameleon on a Fig Branch carved of Grossular garnet and chromite from Transvaal-Cape Province, South Africa.(© images)

Thinking energetically about the sitting in the dark with dark matter…

A different view of the creation and future of the universe is proposed by an old and reputable university in Sweden: “Our universe is an expanding bubble in an extra dimension”.

Just how knowing how soap bubbles and economic bubbles work, how secure do you feel with this revelation? “The whole Universe is accommodated on the edge of this expanding bubble”. Great.

It was hard enough to sleep when pondering first the world was flat (and if you sailed off the edge, there were monsters…). Then the universe was an expanding box that you keep going to the end and unfolding only to find an endless cycle of boxes to collapse.

Now strings and bubbles. Sounds appropriate for New Year’s Eve.

Side view of Chameleon on a Fig Branch. Grossular garnet and chromite from Transvaal-Cape Province, South Africa. Houston Natural Museum of Fine Arts exhibit (© image Copyrighted, ALL rights reserved , No permissions granted)

Fruitful consideration of the other side. (© image)

As the American proverb says, “You can’t tell by looking at a frog how high he will jump.”

Purple toad on leaf. (Houston museum of Natural Science exhibit.© image copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Practicing a princely pose before hopping to a proposal? (Toad on a leaf carved from Ruby and zoisite from Minas Gerais, Brazil.© image)

Like a visionary land developer standing in a barren desert and seeing a magical city – but on a much smaller scale – they say Gerd Dreher would sit for hours holding, rotating, staring at a raw lump of gemstone until he could see the life hiding within it.

“Gerd Dreher is widely regarded as the most talented carver of gemstones to have ever lived. His works – exquisitely detailed, extremely realistic carvings of animals wrought from crystals of ruby, sapphire, citrine, amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, garnet, and agate – are among the most highly sought masterpieces of the lapidary arts” Feb. 11, 1939 – Jan 4, 2018. (Houston Museum of Natural Science)

Green Frog on purple flower. (Houston Museum Natural Science /© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Nothing like a lovely purple flower to smooth life’s bumps?(Zoisite and ruby: Longed, Tanzania, with 18K gold.© image)

Toads and frogs…not just for dinner anymore.

Something about the creatures universally appeals to humans across ages and world cultures

An ancient pond

A frog jumps in

The splash of water [1686]

By Matsuo Basho, Japanese poet and master of haiku . (1644–1694)

In Chinese traditional culture, frog represents the lunar yin, and the Frog spirit Ch’ing-Wa Sheng is associated with healing and good fortune in business.

Still life painters of the Dutch Golden Age used frogs, well, because they were so common and stayed lifelike “fresh” for so long even when they weren’t.

And then there’s Aesop:

Frog and the Ox (limits on the impossible?), The Boys and the Frog (PETA approved), The Hares and the Frogs, Frog and the Mouse,(Karma by another name?) The Frogs Who Wished for a King (Is that how we got to this point?), The Fighting Bulls and the Frog (also quite modern), and The Quack Toad,(politicians take note)

Pale green frog posed on leaves (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

Frog on leaves has withstood the wrinkles in time. (Heliodor Mined in Woyln, Ukraine. ©image)

Mouse standing on a leaf, (© image. Copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

Mouse standing on a leaf seems to be asking the frog for a tale before he croaks. (Carved ruby on zoisite, 18K gold tail.Minas Gerais, Brazil.© image)

These sculptures much more welcomed and cherished by home owners than the living ones, perhaps.

All in how you look at things.

Time for whimsy to carve and serve up a beautiful 2019

Happy New Year!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Mouse on a mushroom (Made of aquamarine, morganite from Minas Gerais, Brazil Object exhibited in Houston Museum of Natural Science (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted.)

About as transparent as things get. (Mouse on a mushroom: aquamarine, morganite. Minas Gerais, Brazil. ©image)

Starfish on rock with snail in background. (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Starfish on rock with snail in background. Made from agate and quartz from Minas Gerais, Brazil.(© image)

Rock carving införm nation, History of agate use (Houston Museum of Natural Science)

Bat in flight carved from agate and quartz from Brazil (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Bat in flight carved from agate and quartz from Brazil (© image)

Peacock made of silver and gold plated. (© image: copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Peacock in fine feather of silver and gold-plated silver, quartz with black tourmaline (base), tiger eye, jasper, lapis lazuli, agate and malachite. Assembled from over 350 individual pieces (© image)

History of gem carving region



  1. Beth / Dec 31 2018 7:41 am

    What a gem of a story! Once again I learned something new and fascinating – thank you!!!

    My good friend’s mother, who passed away a few years ago, took up carving when she was in her late 30’s. I remember my friend explained that her mom was in the process of discovering herself (quit her job, left a 20 year marriage), and what she discovered was amazing. She started making these beautiful pieces of art out of stone or wood or anything that inspired her, and when I asked her about them, she’d say, “Beth, these figures were always there. I just had to look at them long enough, and then help them come out.” What an eye. This is something I truly admire in others – there ability to see past the obvious, and pull forward something that has been waiting just for them to show to the world.

    Speaking of art, I should be in Houston to see the Tudor art exhibit, and also grabbing up my friend’s daughter who just started her first year at U of H (and is minoring in art history). Thank you for letting me know about it, because of you I’ll be going on my own adventure soon!

    Happy New Year!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 6:28 pm

      Happy first weekend of the New Year!
      “…then help them come out” What a cool way to describe the creative process. Creativity is there for all – it just comes out in different ways…if people don’t let it get smashed down early in life.
      Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in Houston – what a cool person to be going with!!!
      Thanks for traveling along

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  2. shoreacres / Dec 31 2018 7:47 am

    I’m a great fan of good glasswork, but this certainly is equal in beauty. Has Bob seen his carved cousin? I think they’d get along famously. And now I’m realizing that I have some carved stone, too — a grouping of pigs done in a Chinese style, from Louisiana soapstone. Creativity truly does know no bounds.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 6:44 pm

      Soapstone is apparently very popular for carving. I can’t believe the details of these pieces.So hard to believe critics for so long called this sort fo sculpture “craft” or folk art instead of fine art.
      Bob says people categorize things so strangely
      Cheers and happy weekend of the new year!

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  3. Jay / Dec 31 2018 8:55 am

    Thanks for this whimsical journey 🙂

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  4. Curt Mekemson / Dec 31 2018 5:36 pm

    I grew up eating frog’s legs. Not sure that this is relevant, but i learned about frog anatomy in nature as opposed to the lab. My mother would make me chop off their feet. “Too creepy” she would declare. We have a large frog and a large toad as doorstops here, and lots of other frogs, as well. Happy, happy. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 6:56 pm

      I was waiting for that hopping remark. Sounds like my mom’s story about how she made other wring the chicken’s necks…something about chickens will keep running around with their heads cut off…
      Your adopting frog and toad replicas probably signals you’ve changed your ways and are not to be slimed or warted in the wild HAHA
      Thanks for splashing down here to chat


  5. sportsattitudes / Dec 31 2018 6:56 pm

    Karen, all this knowledge of toads and frogs can only lead me to wish you a “Hoppy” New Year! All the best to you and yours in 2019!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2019 6:57 pm

      So good to see you around bogland again. Hope you and yours are snug and warm watching the playoffs. Thanks for hopping in here

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  6. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 31 2018 8:29 pm

    I thought the Faberge legacy were those Russian Eggs worth millions and millions of dollars, for some silly reason.
    Those frogs are a bit off putting , reminds me of those from across the Channel,
    Do like that little mouse, looks very sweet.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2019 8:39 am

      I started laughing when I saw all those frogs – knew you’d get a hoot out of them. All I could think was “what’s with all the frogs? Maybe it was a tongue in cheek political thing? Some symbolism important to the times? Kept hearing French tunes….
      While intricate carvings, they aren’t worth as much as the eggs I imagine, but I’m not a collector – much probably depends on who purchased and who owned them.
      Wish I had a better camera – the fine details – like the tiny hairs on the mouse were so amazing that anyone could do that…not to mention doing that while suspended stretched out own their stomach. Ah, how some will suffer for art or a paycheck.
      Thanks for cutting in line to chat!

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  7. The Hook / Jan 1 2019 5:08 am

    “Some carve out time for themselves. Others carve themselves into time.”
    Best line of 2018 – that I read in 2019.

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  8. Pied Type / Jan 4 2019 8:54 pm

    Remarkable carvings! I think I’ve read Michelangelo carved marble the same way, by looking at it until the figure revealed itself.


  9. RKLikesReeses / Jan 6 2019 4:12 pm

    Wow! Remarkable! Love the sculptures, the philosophy, and the physics. As I read I wondered how Bob’s doing. The Princesses send New Year greetings to him!


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