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"Daffodil Declination"

Size: 5" x 7"

Papercutting on archival paper with vintage map scrapbook paper for background.


In navigation, geographic north (or "true north") is the top of the globe. However, the Earth's magnetic pole does not line up with geographic north, because the Earth's magnetic field is a function of the Earth's core elements, which fluctuate in complicated ways. Therefore, magnetic declination is the angular distance between magnetic north and true (geographic) north at the point of observation. It is not constant, but varies with time because of the "wandering" of the magnetic north pole due to fluctuates in the Earth's magnetic field. To navigate accurately, a compass must be adjusted to the correct declination. Declination varies depending on your location, so a compass needs to be  periodically adjusted for new declination values as one travels. 


Sometimes life picks us up and plops us down in a new place-- whether physically, emotionally, or otherwise. Learning to adjust, to reset our "declinations," helps keep us grounded and able to navigate life's challenges. May this "Daffodil Declination" piece remind you that life's constant adjustments, like the adjustment of declination, is more than an annoyance, but in fact a tool to help us stay headed in the right direction in life. 


Created as part of  the Cartography of Flowers Collection.


This papercut art piece is hand-cut from one sheet of white archival paper and matted with a printed colored vintage map of the streets of a French city. The floral bouquet is made up of a three daffodil flowers surrounded by leaves and twigs. 

Daffodil Declination

  • SIZE: 5" x 7"

    MEDIUM: Papercut Archival and Scrapbook Paper


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