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Collected Cottonwood Bonsai

I'm standing directly behind the tree to give a sense of scaleStarting workDetail of the first wire laid on the treeDetail of the upper branches part way through applying copper wireSetting the branchesFirst styling is complete

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I’ve got one more shot of the Tarantula Hawk wasp for youImage

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I thought I’d add a couple more images of the wasp I recently completed.Image

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I thought I’d add a photo of my latest project–a tarantula hawk wasp ten times life-size. It’s made from polyethylene milk jugs and dish soap bottles. Tarantula hawk wasps live in the Sonoran desert and use tarantula spiders to incubate their larvae in. The female tarantula hawk wasp first stings a tarantula spider to put it to sleep–not kill it. She then drags the spider to her underground lair and lays a single egg inside the spider. The comatose spider will serve as host to the wasp’s larvae which feeds on the spider from the inside out. Like something from an alien movie, isn’t it?Image

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…to my new blog! My name is Greg Brenden. I’m an artist living in Milwaukie Oregon. I’ve started this blog mainly for sharing my work with you; it will be an eclectic mix of recycled artwork, examples of my work as an exhibit contractor for natural history museums and my other passion–bonsai

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