This represents a tangle of of the species Ramalina menziesii. This drawing is an intimate study of lichen topology

I've been working on this maze since the January. I'm within a couple weeks away from finishing it.

It's still at the state where it is hundreds of disconnected sub-mazes with no organization, entry, or exit point. That will change quickly when I get to "line-complete" and then start to weld the maze paths together.

Because it doesn't happen very often, I celebrate every time somebody purchases one of my maze prints.

This is the maze called "Drought". I started drawing it during the wildfires of 2020. We were confined in our home as the air outside was over-the-top hazardous with smoke and 4mm of ash settled on every surface outside. I drew as I waited to hear the evacuation order that, thankfully, never came.

twobraids.com/2021/06/0077-dro

The 1941 French rose, Robert Leopold, has very hirsute buds carpeted with resin glands on branching stalks. The left image is a focus stacked composite of 120 images.

The rose buds open with yellow petals that immediately turn pink as the flower opens.

My husband, repairs 20th century Kodak Retina cameras. This is what happens when the film advance lever gets stuck and the photographer gets mad and uses force.

There aren't very many replacement parts available as they've not been made in more than 60 years. We have a cache of these tiny 1.5gm pieces of metal - we sell them for $50 when used in a camera restoration.

This is a focus stacked image to show the customer why it needs replacement.

  

Animus University 1. Librarian Norweg shows the stacks. “You don’t get checkout privileges until you are an endorsed Lore Wrangler.” Ballpoint on A3.

Revealed in the upper left corner of this maze is a copyright statement etched directly into the maze pathways. In the prints, this statement is not highlighted in bright yellow.

Many of my mazes include poetry hidden in the pathways with highly stylized lettering. They are likely impossible to find, but I like knowing they are there.

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I take a software engineer's approach to my artwork: in other words, it's never done and I'm constantly make a steady stream of new versions and bug fixes to older works.

This is maze #72 a complete reworking in 2020 of a maze I originally drew in 2015. While I sell prints on demand, each print is likely subtly different from the previous one, as I've made adjustments or repainted sections. This maze is current tagged with as version 2.4

twobraids.com/2020/12/0072-but

The sporangia (spore producing bodies) on the underside of the common Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum).

In the description of the left image, It should have read, "...with tiny red stalks with length twice the diameter of the stems."

I have a tough time living with my typos...

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My work on improving the stabilization of my homemade macro focusing rig paid off.

This is "Drosera binata multifida" a insectivorous plant commonly called "Sundew". It catches flies and other insects with the sticky goo made by glands at the ends of the stalks. Once mired in the glue, a branch will curl around the hapless prey and slowly digest it in the open air.

This is a close view of a rose cane that is dense with thorns.

On setting up this macro shot, I thought the hard directional lighting cast really interesting shadows. Now on getting the final image, I'm I find shadows less effective than I had hoped.

This will be my last macro shot for a while as I am rebuilding parts of my macro focusing rail / 3D printer conversion kit to simplify swapping the components.

This image is a composite of 172 frames.

In under two minutes, my macro focusing rail converts back into its native mode of being a 3D printer.

I need a couple components to make a new LED shroud on a ball mount to aim at my macro specimens.

There's lots more detail in the image descriptions.

So fascinated with my new homemade macro focusing rail that it is consuming my days.

Identifying lichen species is difficult. This photo contains at least three different species, perhaps from some of these genera Xanthoria, Physcia or Parmotrema, Hypogymnia, ... I could be completely wrong.

All are growing on a dead branch of the invasive and infinitely obnoxious English Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

The alien landscape.

This is a macro photograph of a dead cane from a particularly thorny rose bush.

20 years ago, this tiny flower was spotted blooming in an abandoned field near my home in W Oregon.

It was ID'd as the Vernal Pool Monkeyflower (Diplacus tricolor), a variety thought to be extinct in the Willamette Valley as it had not been seen since the 1920s.

Nothing was done to preserve it and it has vanished again. I drew this maze in honor of its difficult path to survival.

Click the link to see the whole maze:
twobraids.com/2016/03/0018-ver

I am an artist that draws mazes unlike anything you have seen before. I'm a retired programmer. Seven years ago, I suddenly and accidentally discovered that I can draw.

I combine my drawing skills with my computer skills in the language Python.

Last December, I took a maze that drew in 2016 and animated it.

Warning: this video contains close up views of a hand drawn overly large spider. Watch the video at your own risk.

youtu.be/tlaFTf9tJ4o

This hornet attacked me while I was making dinner last night. It tried to drive me away from my meal. A spatula ended the attack.

Now it's a specimen for my camera.

Warning, very close image of a hornet's wicked face.

The other end of the life a rosebud of La Belle Sultane, a Gallica rose from 1795. This is the desiccated remains of one of last year's flowers.

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