“I Like Aix” corely references “I Like Ike”, a slogan for Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower’s presidential campaign in the 1950s. Aix galericulata means “crested aix”, the word αἴξ, aix, being used by Aristotle for an unknown variety of water-bird. In Greek, it would have been pronounced something like “aye-ks”, which is what I’ve used in the title of this incendiary intervention. But “ay-ks” is probably better in modern English.
Photo of unrolling fern frond, frondlets and frontletlets (from Free Photos)
• Farnsicht — beautiful black-and-white photograph of ferns by Karl Blossfeldt
“Free-Wheel Ferning” is a pun on the title of core Judas-Priest track “Free-Wheel Burning”, off core Judas-Priest album Defenders of the Faith, issued in core Judas-Priest success-period of 1984.
Photo of developing ferns by the German nature photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1866-1932)
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“Farnsicht” is a pun on German Farn, meaning “fern”, and Fernsicht, meaning “view” or “visibility” (literally fern, “far”, + Sicht, “visibility”).
Green-Gold Moss with Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
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I assume I got the name “Slanted and Enchanted” from a subconscious memory of an album of the same name by the American band Pavement, though I might just have come up with it independently.
Update: In fact, it’s a Six-spot burnet, Zygaena filipendulae, on ragwort, Jacobaea vulgaris. Probably.