Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV – Red & White Origami Swallows

This photo is (a belated) part of WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Red and White Origami Swallows by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Thousands of origami paper birds soar above my head, white and red.  They lift my eyes upwards towards the cascading ceiling.  So simple, and yet so elegant.  I can’t help but smile.  I enjoy origami, and started learning it when I was 9.  Although I can make cranes in my sleep, I haven’t ever made anything quite like these elegant birds.  Generally the instructions I’ve found to make origami swallows haven’t quite been this variation, but that goes to show the diversity within origami.  Everyone has their own style.

This illustrated guide is probably the closest to recreating the swallows in my photo.  I also came across a video version of a different model (in Japanese, but you can follow along easily even if you can’t speak Japanese):

Happy folding!


CONTEST: What is this bird saying? (with prizes!)

This contest will be reinstated at a future date with new prizes – stay tuned!

Chattering Sparrow by Seas Reflecting Starlight

What is this talkative little bird saying?  You decide!  Post suggestions in the comments for a chance to win one of four $5 OFF coupons from Zazzle!**  Three coupons will go to the winners of the speech bubble contest, and one coupon will go to the link contest (see rules below).

This photo of a House Sparrow was taken in Kona, Hawai’i.  House Sparrows are not endemic to Hawai’i, but arrived from New Zealand in the mid-1800s.  Now they are very common on all eight of the main Hawaiian Islands.

This contest also introduces my newest Zazzle store: Glimmering Glade!  More photos of cute animals and other denizens of the glade coming soon!


  • You may enter as many times as you like before the contest closes on January 23rd at 11:59 PM HST.
  • Keep all entries PG.  Comments are moderated, and offensive or inappropriate content will be deleted.
  • Unfortunately, the coupons are only valid on zazzle.com and might not work for people who live outside the US (sorry!)
  • Include a valid email in the comment form in the spot provided (NOT in the comment itself).  Emails will not be used for anything except to deliver the coupons to the winners. 
  • Entries without valid emails are not eligible to win.  If an email to a winner bounces, the coupon will be sent to the next runner-up.  I am not responsible for lost coupons due to incorrectly-supplied emails or full inboxes, and such coupons will not be replaced.  However if the error is mine, the coupon will be replaced.
  • Can’t think of anything witty to say?  Post a link from your blog back to this post for a chance to win one of the coupons!  Winner of the link portion of contest (1/4 coupons) will be chosen at random.  If your blog is on wordpress.com then your email will be included in the pingback, otherwise please leave a comment with a link to your post.
  • Winners will be announced by a follow-up post on January 24th – subscribe for updates!
  • Winners will receive their discount code individually by email, also on January 24th.  Check your email promptly, because coupons will expire soon!

**$5 OFF coupons valid at any Zazzle store, including my Inner Bodhisattva and Glimmering Glade stores, and apply to orders for all Zazzle products of $25 or more, excluding gift certificates. Enter promo code at checkout to receive the discount. Discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges or taxes. Any remaining value will not be refunded. Promo code may only be used once. Valid through 1/25/2013. Offer valid on Zazzle.com only.