A SHINY NEW BANNER
Everyone's got fancy new header banners. After designing one a couple of weeks ago for Coturnix' new A Blog Around the Clock, it didn't even occur to me to do the same for my own blog, until Carl Buell, aka Olduvai George, who recently designed a beautiful new banner for Stoat, made the suggestion. "Good idea!" thought I, and I went to work, with the above result. What do you think? Does it load quickly enough for those with dial-up connections? I still have a bit of fussing to do with it. A million thank-yous to Beth of Firefly Forest for her technical advice.
The original artwork is acrylic on illustration board, 3” x 15¾”. Click on the pic above for a closer look. Here's a list of the organisms depicted, from left to right:
Horsfield's Tarsier (Tarsius bancanus), Great Philippine Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax), Traveller's Tree (Ravenala madagascariensis), Northern Tamandua (Tamandua mexicana), Long-tailed Paradise Whyda (Vidua interjecta), Spotted Flying Lizard (Draco maculatus), Bhutan Glory Swallowtail (Bhutanitis lidderdalii), Chinese Tiger Beetle (Cincindela chinensis), Leaf-cutter Ants (Atta cephalotes), Red Cicada (Tibicina haematodes), Dark Pitcher (Nepenthes fusca), Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus), Horned Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca ceratophrys), Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycterus naso), Long-tailed Pangolin (Manis tetradactyla), Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), Green Tree Monitor (Varanus prasinus), Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus), Common Golden-backed Woodpecker (Dinopium javanense).