Flower artist Makoto Azuma’s stunning arrangements

Flower artist Makoto Azuma’s stunning arrangements

In this season of shorter days and longer nights we probably need the sight of flowers more than ever. Perfect timing for Ben Tracy’s “Postcard From Tokyo”:

The mornings begin shrouded in fog and surrounded by color. Yellow, red, pink … a forest of flowers begins to grow.

The Tokyo floral studio of Makoto Azuma looks more like a laboratory, and his team more like a Japanese rock band. Azuma barely speaks as he works. His focus is unbroken, as his fingers perfect each petal until his creation is complete.

Tracy asked, “When you look at a flower, what do you see?”

From Makoto Azuma’s Bottle Flower Collection. MAKOTO AZUMA
“I see flowers as symbolizing life,” he replied. “When a flower is cut and removed from the soil, it begins a new life.”

So nearly nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Trash becomes treasure locked inside a bottle.

“I can put flowers inside a vase but they would look nothing like what you do,” Tracy said. “Where does the inspiration come from?”

“The flowers themselves are my inspiration” Azuma said. “It tells me how to make it look more beautiful.”

And he’s always looking for interesting locations to plant his work — captured with stunning photography.

Azuma’s talents have also been on display at fashion houses such as Fendi and Hermes, and even lined the runway at fashion shows.

To watch Makoto Azuma’s “Burning Flowers” installation click on the video player below.

 

Burning Flowers by AMKK000 on YouTube
And while you’ve probably already realized that he’s not your average florist, Makoto Azuma destroys any preconceived notions of what that word even means.

Flowers in ice. MAKOTO AZUMA
He and his team have created elaborate videos of their larger-than-life botanical adventures.

They’ve planted a bonsai tree in the middle of a blizzard, and frozen flowers inside giant blocks of ice.

They’ve sailed a floral armada out onto the open ocean, and sunk a giant arrangement down to the bottom of the sea.

And then there was the time a bouquet boldly went where no bouquet has gone before — into space.

Left: Makoto Azuma’s “Sephirothic Flower: Diving Into The Unknown,” photographed at the bottom of the sea. Right: The artist’s “Exobiotanica2: Botanical Space Flight,” launched above Earth. MAKOTO AZUMA
Tracy asked, “Does that bring attention and therefore you sell more flowers? Or is there something you are trying to communicate?”

“I like to push the envelope” Azuma said. “An arrangement of flowers on a table is nice, but I want to find new ways flowers can move people.”

It’s also part of his near-obsession with the science behind how flowers live, and how they die.

Inside a room at his studio he conducts detailed experiments, documenting how much water different types of flowers need under various conditions, and how long they survive. He says that informs how he makes the most of a flower’s 10-day lifespan.

Three Great Things You Can Do With Your 5th Wheel Electric Dump Trailers

Three Great Things You Can Do With Your 5th Wheel Electric Dump Trailers

Picking the right 5th wheel electric dump trailers requires certain familiarity on how it works. Just like when you’re buying a domestic vehicle, you also need to base your choice on your existing requirements and intended purpose. Generally, there are still plenty of factors you need to weigh before purchasing 5th wheel electric dump trailers.
Trailers, in general, come in several types that differ in function and workload capacity. There are the gooseneck trailers, utility trailers, flatbed trailers, and dump trailers. Whichever among the four you choose; the result would still be the same – more efficient and faster work transition.

 

The components of 5th wheel electric dump trailers include a box-type panel that is purposely raised from its frames through the hydraulic pumps. These actually make the unloading process much easier because of the smooth sliding action when the trailer bed is hoisted.

The performance of electric dump trailers is directly influenced by its size, loading and tongue weight capacity. Naturally, the purpose of the dump trailer is forfeited if its loading capacity is below the minimum that you require. Plus, your trailer parts have to double its efforts to compensate with the heavy workload. In the long run, this will unfortunately cause your trailer to break down.

For most fifth wheel trailer owners, they’re always looking for alternatives to upgrade or improve their trailer’s structural feature and performance level. They could either install better braking systems or convert their trailer hitch for a gooseneck adapter – the possibility is endless.

The inertia braking controllers are commonly installed on vehicles or trailers that are scheduled to be pulled away. Braking controllers that are activated by inertia work the moment you step on your brake pedal. The pressing down motion on the brake pedal produces series of system reactions that will synchronize the motion of the trailer and vehicle hauler – the trailer decelerates if the vehicle hauler decelerates and vice versa.

The gooseneck 3-point adaptor 12.7 is a worthwhile investment for anyone who’s looking to make the most of their fifth wheel trailers. This heavy-duty device lets your hauler maneuver easily through rough terrains without sustaining any damages. And this is directly installed into your fifth wheel trailer’s king pin so as to clear up your towing vehicle’s bed.

You also need to consider how you park your fifth wheel trailers whenever you’re not using them. Normally, fifth wheel trailer owners use stabilizing systems, like the Steadyfast stabilizers, to decrease the shaking movements of their trailers. However, these could also conveniently reattach your towing vehicle and dumping trailers at a faster rate.

Whether you’re a homeowner or contractor, you can never go wrong in buying fifth wheel dump trailers. Of course, doing some research while looking through the different 5th wheel electric dump trailers won’t hurt, too.

Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal

Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal

Nothing will put a damper on your summer more than a rodent infestation. Finding little droppings, food crumbs, and hearing the scurrying of animal feet is nothing short of a disaster. There are ways to prevent your home from being the nesting place of rodents and critters. Here are a few tips for rodent removal in Dunwoody this summer.

Seal all of your trash. Old food and garbage attracts all sorts of pests and critters. Be sure to put any trash directly into the trash can and then seal it tightly with the lid.
Keep your yard clean. Debris such as leaves, twigs, and trash give rodents the perfect place to hide. By keeping your yard clean, you remove any ground cover that could offer these annoying pests shelter from the heat and elements.
Pick up sheds and garages. Sheds and garages often house objects that are decades old. If you haven’t taken a look inside your storage areas lately, there’s a good chance that rodents have decided to bunk up. Get rid of any clutter that might be accumulating in your garage or shed. You can donate it or even have a yard sale. Whatever you do, it’s important to keep these areas clean. Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal
Protect your garden. Pests love food. Your garden offers them a free buffet of homegrown veggies and fruit on a daily basis. To keep them away, use decoys or traps. There are plenty of decoys that resemble owls and snakes that will easily scare off any rodents that come onto the premises.
Inspect the exterior of your home. Rodents have the ability to squeeze into really small spaces. Look for any holes, cracks, or openings that could be allowing them into your home. Then, seal them to prevent them from making your house a permanent residence.
Use screens and vents. If your family loves the fresh breeze that open windows provide, simply make sure that there are screens in the window frames. This prevents pests from coming inside. Vents and grates should also be placed over chimneys to prevent animals from coming in.
Call a pest control company. At the first sign of rodents, it’s a good idea to call a professional company. They are able to exterminate or remove any pests that may have already made your home their nesting ground.

Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal
Don’t let your home become the hiding place for rodents. By following these tips and tricks for rodent removal in Dunwoody, your home will remain pest free this summer.

Order of Prohibited Orders and Orders of Certain Issues

Order of Prohibited Orders and Orders of Certain Issues

Order Orders are Prohibited
The banned steps command is used to stop your child’s parents from taking a specific action, or Prohibit the Steps until such action is taken. This is an enforceable command to be given by a British court. It is most commonly used to stop the following actions:

 

· In order for the child to have no contact with someone who will have a bad influence on it. This is usually used if parents do not trust friends from other parents and expect their child to be around them.
· To prevent other parents from moving abroad and bringing their children. Or moving a long distance that can make contact with both parents is very difficult.
· To prevent parents from changing the child’s surname by a name they disagree with.
Orders of Specific Problems

Certain Issues Orders are no different than the banned steps order. But it creates rules to be followed by parents and not rules that should not be broken. You should remember that this order is less common because it is only used when there is disagreement. This command should not be used when parents approve of this issue. The most common things involved in a particular Order of the Problem are:

· Which school should the child attend?
• When, where and when the child should be on vacation.
· Are children allowed to move permanently abroad.
· If the child has to receive certain medical treatment or not.
· If the child’s name can be changed.
Court Judicial Considerations

Courts will always consider the welfare of children above all else when they consider giving orders or not. If the child’s welfare will not be fixed according to the order, even if that’s what the parents want, then the order will not be given. This coincides with the “no order” part of the child. It states that a child will benefit from not having to do with court hassles and court orders.

Most of the time, if an order would prevent the child from connecting with their parents, or family members close to them (such as grandparents) then the order would be rejected by the court. The welfare of a child will always be higher if they have contact with more parenting figures.

Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas

Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas

Autumn is finally here and, for many, it is the best time of year for decorating. Whether you are shopping for new Atlanta furniture or seasonal accents, check out a few of these decorating ideas for your home.

Fluffy Goodness

One can never have enough throw blankets and pillows. Plaid is an all-time favorite for throws but this year, faux fur is another popular choice for cozying up by the fire. Pillows are an easy and affordable way to really add color to your space. You can really go bold with fall colors by adding mix and match pillows to your living room or bench seating. Rustic patterns of red, orange, purple, and country white instantly add that seasonal feel to any room.

Fall Foliage Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas

Floral arrangements are another great way to incorporate the season into your home. This year, dried oakleaf hydrangeas are in as well as the traditional sunflower, cranberry, and dried ornamentals. Get really creative with your arrangements by putting them in a not-so-traditional vase. Hollow out a styrofoam pumpkin from your local craft store and secure the arrangement with decorative burlap ribbon. Outside, a couple of perfectly placed hay bales are great for stacking more pumpkins and for taking this year’s family holiday photo.

Wood Accents Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas

Your autumn look isn’t complete until you get the fire going. Instead of hiding this season’s pile of firewood, put it on display in a neat stack by the fire or in a decorative bucket nearby. If you don’t plan on using your fireplace this season, try stacking the dried logs inside the empty hearth with the rings facing out. Stack a few pieces of unhewn birch upright on a mantle or coffee table to be used as a votive holder. Accent it with burlap ribbon, twine, or dried vines to complete the look. Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Morzine is a great destination for a wild weekend to spend skiing all day and partying all night. If you and your friends have only a few days to get your winter flow, follow this itinerary to take advantage of your trip as well as possible. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine
About Morzine

For a weekend get-away, Morzine is the perfect destination. As part of the Portes du Soleil resort, the hotel has 400 mile slopes and caters all the skills. Not only that, it’s quick and easy to get to! Just 75 minutes’ drive from Geneva airport, you can get transfer from Geneva to Morzine and be on the slopes in no time. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Your weekend schedule

Day One: Get the Nyon cable car then lift La Pointe to Pointe de Nyon. Pistes are wide and usually empty, so this is a great place to race your friends. After lunch, travel to Switzerland and tackle the Mossettes. Take the Prodains Express gondola to Avoriaz, then lift the Chavenette to Les Crosets and finally the Grand-Conche elevator to the Mossettes. It might sound like a bit of a trek, but it’s an easy journey worth the effort. There are brilliant blue and red stretches to slide down. Day Two: Travel from Champoussin to Les Morgins for the best skiing route in this area. The pistes are a bit narrow but are perfect for experienced skiers and beginners. In the afternoon, end your vacation with an explosion in the Les Stash snow park (accessible via Les Lindarets lift). You and your friends can train your bad acts in the mounds and rails of the park. The Après Ski Scene Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

• Pre-drinks

Morzine has a brilliant and vibrant nightlife. For pre-drinks, I would recommend Coyote Bar or Le Cavern. While the first has great beverage deals, as well as pool tables, air hockey and bowling lanes, Le Cavern regularly hosts live bands that will keep you hyped for the night ahead.

• Night club

Day One: Go to Le Paradis in the center of the old town. The atmosphere is unlike any other, with a naughty leopard print chair and dance floor themed ‘Saturday Night Fever’. They also have a great live DJ that will keep you dancing till dawn. Day Two: Make your second night more memorable at L’Opéra. Blasting home songs, techno and D & B, they host a variety of brilliant theme nights. What could be better than partying with your friends with cheap music with improvised costume costume until 5 am?

How to get there

The fastest way to Morzine is to fly to Geneva airport. Switzerland, easyJet and Flybe all offer direct one-and-a-half hour flights from London ranging from very tempting prices. Getting from Geneva to Morzine is then quick and easy with Shuttle Direct. Shared, group or personal transfer messages through their easy-to-use website and a friendly driver will meet you outside the terminal. The journey from Geneva to Morzine takes more than an hour, so you’ll enjoy the snow in no time!

Luke Johannes is the driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of private and shared airport transfers across Europe and North Africa. If you are looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Morzine, Luke and his colleagues can ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport quickly and safely. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Life on Galapagos: The Invertebrates

Life on Galapagos: The Invertebrates

 

The unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Archipelago attract nature lovers from all over the world to explore the region. The best way to do it is on a Galapagos wildlife cruise, which affords participants the opportunity to experience the astounding diversity of the island’s habitats and encounter a wide range of animals.
The mammals, reptiles, birds and marine animals of the archipelago are fairly well known by visitors, and many of the high-profile species can be seen on a Galapagos wildlife cruise. Surprisingly, though, the largest group of organisms is often overlooked.

 

The Invertebrates

Invertebrates have no backbone and are officially classified as animals that “neither possess nor develop a vertebral column”. They include insects, spiders, snails, worms, centipedes and many others. Like all the wildlife, this group had to arrive at the islands either on the ocean currents, with birds, or attached to vegetation or driftwood washed up on the shoreline.

The terrestrial invertebrates exist in every habitat and account for around 51% of the archipelago’s total biodiversity. While they may be small in size, they are absolutely crucial to the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Not only do they act as pollinators, they contribute to the formation of soils by recycling organic matter, and they also feature as an important link in the food chain as part of the diet for birds and small mammals.

The marine invertebrates include the molluscs, sponges, annelids (segmented marine worms), cnidarians (including corals), echinoderms (sea cucumbers and urchins) and many others.

Unique and Imbalanced

While many are still identical to their ancestors on the South American mainland, due to the remoteness of the region and the diversity of habitat just as many have adapted in order to survive. It’s estimated that around 52% of them are endemic. This means that some groups are represented in greater proportion than others, so they are considered to be “imbalanced”.

It is not known exactly how many invertebrate species are found throughout the archipelago, although in 2001 the number was estimated to be well over 2,000 (just for terrestrial ones), with the insects the most diverse and numerous. Some of the insects that may be seen on a Galapagos wildlife cruise include butterflies, dragonflies, moths, wasps, grasshoppers, spiders and flies.

Giant Snails and Colourful Crabs

The giant land snails are a distinctive group comprising around 60 species. They are similar to Darwin’s Finches in that they appear to have made specific adaptations to survive in particular habitats.

While most invertebrates don’t enjoy the glamorous status of some of the mammals and reptiles seen on a Galapagos wildlife cruise, one certainly attracts attention. The delightfully skittish Sally Lightfoot Crab can be seen scurrying between rocks on the shoreline, and its vibrant red and blue shell makes it a favourite with nature lovers.

While at first glance this group may not be as impressive as the Giant Tortoise or have the character of the quirky Blue-footed Booby, they are no less interesting and just as important to maintaining the status quo of archipelago’s ecosystem.

Paul Manafort offers $12 million in assets to avoid house arrest

Paul Manafort offers $12 million in assets to avoid house arrest

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager charged with counts including conspiracy and money laundering, is pledging $12 million in real estate and life insurance assets in an effort to avoid house arrest, according to court documents filed on Manafort’s behalf Saturday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

A federal judge earlier this week ordered that Manafort and Rick Gates, his associate who is similarly charged, be placed on house arrest and electronic monitoring. But Manafort’s lawyers argue that is unnecessary. Manafort’s lawyers have already argued in court documents that he is too famous to be a flight risk.

A bond review hearing is scheduled for Monday morning. The case is a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling, and any ties to the Trump campaign, and the grand jury that stemmed from that investigation.

In the court documents, Manafort pledged a property in New York valued at $3 million, a property in New York valued at $3.5 million, a property in Florida valued at $1.5 million, and a combination of life insurance policies held in trust or in his wife’s name valued at roughly $4.5 million, for a total of $12.5 million.

One of those properties in New York is a Trump Tower apartment that Manafort had owned.

In addition to those assets, Manafort would have family members sign as sureties, if necessary, and not apply for any travel documents such as a passport. Manafort, the court documents said, would limit his travel to Washington, D.C., Florida, Virginia and New York, and not travel overseas.

 

Manafort’s lawyers make an effort to explain why they believe he isn’t a flight risk, and even attempt to explain why he owns three passports, as court records described earlier this week.

“While some reports have painted this as though Mr. Manafort is akin to a 68-year-old ‘Jason Bourne’ character, the facts are much more mundane,” the filing says. “Mr. Manafort possessed a passport, the type of which is generally held by most U.S. citizens. He also possessed a second passport to submit with visa applications to certain foreign countries. (The process for obtaining a visa can sometimes be lengthy and U.S. citizens who travel abroad frequently are no doubt familiar with this circumstance.)”

It adds, “The third U.S. passport was applied for and obtained by Mr. Manafort only after he lost his primary passport. Months later, Mr. Manafort found that passport and contacted his passport services agency to advise them, and the U.S. State Department, with respect to the same.”

Review: Dennis Hopper as remembered by his right hand man in “Along for the Ride”

Review: Dennis Hopper as remembered by his right hand man in “Along for the Ride”

Actor-director Dennis Hopper and his friend-assistant, Satya de la Manitou, as seen in the new documentary “Along for the Ride.” SIGNIFICANT PRODUCTIONS / HAT & BEARD FILMS

He outlived James Dean, held his own against John Wayne, and with Jack Nicholson created the pinnacle of the 1960s independent film, “Easy Rider.” Dennis Hopper was a maverick, a multi-hyphenate of a most illustrious sort: actor-writer-director-photographer-carouser.

Following “Easy Rider,” he could write his own ticket in Hollywood, and did so, grabbing $ 1 million and final cut from Universal to movie “The Last Movie” in the mountains of Peru. The resulting film may have been art, and the studio was determined it was not commerce, and buried it.

Dennis Hopper filming “The Last Movie.” UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Blacklisted by the studios, Hopper becomes a pariah, though a legendary one. He maintained a bohemian existence in Taos, NM, in the years before he overcame his alcoholism and revived his career with the movie “Apocalypse Now,” “Out of the Blue,” “Blue Velvet,” “Hoosiers” (for which he earned his sole acting Oscar nomination), and “Speed.”

Instrumental to Hopper’s survival was his right-hand man, Satya de la Manitou, whom he met at the time of “Last Movie” and whose friendship and service over decades helped maintain the allure, and the life, of the star, not least of which when he shanghaied the actor off to rehab.

De la Manitou provides wistful narration in the new documentary “Along for the Ride” (opening Friday), in which he basks in the memory of his friend (who died in 2010), and in the special place he held as the adjutant of a genius. [As such, “Along for the Ride” is a pair with another recent documentary, “Filmworker,” in which Leon Vitali recalls the life of he lived at the beck-and-call of another genius, Stanley Kubrick.]

Directed by Nick Ebeling, the documentary features invigorating remembrances from many who were pulled into Hopper’s orbit during the 1970s and ’80s, including Wim directors Wenders and David Lynch, actors Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn and Linda Manz, exec studio Michael Medavoy, musician Dwight Yoakam, architect Frank Gehry, and artists Ed Ruscha and Tony Shafrazi.

Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010
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Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010
De la Manitou binds it together, rummaging through storage units and scrapbooks, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Taos, and the Peruvian locations of “The Last Movie,” which refused to change from how they looked almost five decades ago, when Hopper brought the artifice of cinema for a story about the artifice of cinema.

The movie’s soundtrack is smothered at times by a score from Gemma Thompson (of Savages), but the crisp, black-and-white cinematography by Ebeling, Danny Reams and Randy Wedick, rare photographs, and snippets of Super 8mm footage taken on the locations of the two movies and soirees, pull you right into the period.

The film is a black-and-white contact sheet of a movie – nostalgic fragments in time lovingly preserved and highlighted by grease pencils, used to illuminate a portrait that is nonetheless too big to be contained in any single account, no matter how devotional .

6 Reasons to Trust Self Storage

6 Reasons to Trust Self Storage

 

There are many great reasons to use a self storage facility. Whether you own a business that needs products or equipment stored or just have more personal items than your home will hold, self storage in Palo Alto is the practical solution to your needs. Here 6 of these great reasons to use self storage for your business or personal belongings.

Business Storage 6 Reasons to Trust Self Storage

Safely Store Documents – If the worst happened and your business suffered a tragedy such as a fire or flooding, having stored your company’s valuable documents offsite would bring great relief. Your vital company records can be conveniently stored so they are safe, and access to them whenever you might need them is simple and easy. Plus, you’ll have more space to squeeze in that extra employee desk or copier machine.
Office Furniture – Speaking of extra office space, companies either grow or decrease in size and sometimes need to temporarily store desks, tables, and file cabinets that are not needed. Other times businesses will need to work this furniture back into their offices and be able to get at it quickly and conveniently at a moment’s notice. Self storage is perfect for growing companies.
Solution for Sudden Sales Booms – When businesses grow rapidly, sometimes a big boost in sales orders will require additional quantities of product that might not fit into existing onsite storage facilities. Self storage is a perfect solution for businesses that need to move product offsite while they are building more facilities to handle the sales growth.
Personal Storage 6 Reasons to Trust Self Storage

Living Space – Some few lucky people have more room at home than they know what to do with. For the rest of us, extra space is a precious commodity. Having a home that is uncluttered and with room enough for tasteful arrangements of furniture and space to live comfortably is a worthy goal. Self storage can help make this happen. If you’re like most people, a large percentage of your possessions are very rarely used. Why not get them out and into a safe and secure storage facility where you can always access them when you want?
Use Your Garage for a Garage – Don’t we all envy (and sometimes dislike) those people who have a clean garage? They have their tools neatly arranged, they can easily pull their cars into them, keeping the sun, rain, and dirt off of them, and there’s even room to walk around in them. This can happen for you if you’ll simply load up all the things you have stored in your garage and take them to a self storage unit where you can also arrange them very neatly–or not!
Security for All 6 Reasons to Trust Self Storage

 

Most storage facilities have excellent security systems that will keep your valuable business records and assets or precious personal belongings safe from theft and damage. Onsite personnel often patrol their self storage facilities to ensure that your items are doubly safe.

Don’t use up valuable office space or clutter up your home when there’s a perfect place for self storage in Palo Alto. Your valuables will be safe from harm and you can get to them whenever you want.