Happy 5th Birthday, Knox

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Knox is celebrating his 5th birthday in Heaven today, and we miss him.

We were priveleged to attend the release of 130 newly hatched Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles early yesterday morning.  A crowd gathered along the Padre Island National Seashore and volunteers stood ready to keep the babies safe from seagulls.

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More volunteers held up netting for extra protection from birds.  They had hatched just a few hours before sunrise in an incubator at the science center and then they were transported to the nesting ground.  As soon as they were set upon the sand, they began to head for the ocean.
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We were told their chances of survival are very slim, so ensuring they make it into the ocean gives them a better chance.  The volunteers stand at the ready until the very last turtle has safely reached the sea. Once they reach the water, they are on their own…
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As we watched the turtles struggle toward the sea, we were reminded how fragile life is.  They reminded me so much of Knox–small and physically vulnerable, but incredibly strong in spirit.

Here’s  a sandcastle for you, Knox.  We wish you could’ve been here with us, to play in the sand and feel the breeze…
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We love you and miss you ~ We wish you a happy birthday and will always celebrate your beautiful life and the priceless time we had with you.

“Short was my life, the longer is my rest,
God takes those soonest whom he loveth best,
Who’s born today, and dies tomorrow,
Loses some hours of joy, but months of sorrow.
Other diseases often come to grieve us,
Death restrikes but once, and that stroke doth relieve us.”

-Anonymous

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Sea Turtle Mosaic with Grout and Resin

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This mosaic was inspired by a greeting card I found at the Austin Aquarium.

The whole design was too complex, so I decided to sketch one turtle on my base board.
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This is my fourth mosaic, but it still takes me a while to cut glass. I waste a lot trying to get the right shapes.  It’s hard work!

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Finally, I got the turtle cut, then I added some pieces of fused glass for sea plants.
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I meticulously filled in the background with blue fritt, safetly glass, geodes, and beads.DSCF3008 DSCF3004 DSCF3113

I grouted the turtle with a dark gray grout, being careful that it didn’t ooze out from the turtle.DSCF3116

Then I poured Art Resin (the same resin I poured over my Monet Magnets)  into the areas surrounding the turtle, as evenly as I could.

This is the first time I’ve used a combination of grout and resin in the same mosaic.  I really like the look of the resin for the water.

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my art!  Be sure and like my FB page for daily art postings!  ~Scarlett
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