Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
In the era of the dinosaur their were dragonflies with a wingspan of two and a half feet! Sometimes I'll see large dragonflies zipping about that look as big as a humming bird, but two and a half feet! That's more like a seagull sized dragonfly. Often when people bemoan the loss of prehistoric animals, they have the mighty dinosaur in mind. But when I went to the natural history museum in D.C., it was the prehistoric mammals that were really interesting! Although I do have a great love of dinosaurs, they are more iconic and therefore recognizable to a point where they seem normal. But there are far less books and posters and t shirts featureing prehistoic mammals, so I am less familiar with their forms. When I do see images of prehistoric mammals, they look strange and amazing.
But my love of the dinosaur will never wane! Despite the ferocity and monstrous reputation of the dinosaur, there is something kind of cute about many of them. Including the debunked brontosaurus. This diorama I made features a brontosaurus with one of those dragonflies with a two an a half wingspan.
this website that there were all sorts of large insects in prehistoric times. This is because there was more oxygen in the air back then. Lot's of oxygen help insects grow large!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I started a new series of art recently called 'Miniature Stories.' Here is one of them:
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
In my yard, I've grown a modest herb (and flower and berry) garden.
Here are the herbs my garden contains:
|Basil in a delicious bowl of tomato soup.|
|Lavender in my suitcase to make all my clothes smell nice.|
|Peppermint in my recently invented drink concoction.|
- Mix brewed peach tea (when cooled) with berry sparkling water. The ratio should be 1/4 peach tea to 3/4 sparkling water.
- Add cinnamon, about a teaspoon.
- Add fresh peppermint leaves.
- Enjoy this refreshing beverage!
There is also a giant, thorny blackberry bush in my yard.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
It is not so easy to sight see and day dream while driving. I much before being a passenger. Someday I want to take a train trip across the country. I'll bring my camera and take pictures from my window. While zipping through parts of the country with particularly boring landscapes, I'll be saved by a good book and music from my i pod. I'll go to the food cart and drink tea and maybe talk to fellow passengers with interesting stories. I'll seek out the passengers with the distictly weary expressions on their faces. Those will be the ones with interesting stories. All of this talk about trains has reminds me of one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies. It is called 'The Lady Vanishes.' It's a comedy/mystery/romance. The movie takes place on a train, in a make believe country, right before World War II starts. It stars Dame May Whitty who is quite charming, and just the sort of person I would want to meet on a train. Here are some pictures I took in California while enjoying myself as a passenger in a car.