Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Goodbye, Summer.

See also: Locksley's Beach Vacation Blog Part One, Two, Three, and Four.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cemeteries: Salem

Part three! A few photos I took while on the second half of our Honeymoon in Salem. The cemeteries are all lovely here, you basically can't visit a bad one. I remember this cemetery specifically from when I visited Salem the first time ever as a school girl. I found a lone tombstone and adopted it as my favorite. It belongs to Moses W. Lawrence (a name I emblazoned on my memory) who was 19 years-old when he died. On this visit I remember exactly where his grave was, and of course I had to say hi. While there are certainly some great designs on the tombstones here, I think the best part about this cemetery is its ambiance as a whole.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Art in Nature: Bower Birds

I love bower birds. They truly have a sense of aesthetic - they know what they like and they go for it. The above is an image of a bower bird nest, who clearly likes the color gray. The nests are meant to attract a mate: if I was a female bower bird I'd be all about this guy.

The nests are all individualistic. One bird might decorate his bower in blue, another red. They decorate their nests according to taste, finding just the right items for their bower. They arrange all of their items just so.

Here's my favorite naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, hanging out with bower birds:

Kudos to Sub-Studio for their bower bird post.
Also, kudos to me, back in the day.

Also, this is the funniest thing I have ever seen. Naturalist Nerd Humor!

Monday, August 16, 2010


I am getting my wisdom teeth out. For the longest time I didn't even have the roots for wisdom teeth, and even now, I only have 3 of the usual 4. But, it's time they come out since they've already ruined the work of about a thousand years of braces, and they are starting to hurt.

I'm not very squeamish about medical stuff, but for some reason I'm not too crazy about getting these suckers out. I've had teeth pulled before, but these are impacted. I also think my dentist is kind of a quack.

...at least this quack has teeth, right?

I'm sure everything will go fine, though. After all, times have changed. We've come a long way from chewing on willow bark or sipping brandy for tooth relief, and dental science has progressed (a least a little bit) beyond rusty wrenches and crooked knives for tooth extraction.

...or whatever is going on here.

I'm still not convinced that tooth worms aren't responsible for my wisdom teeth woes. But the big question is, will they let me keep my gnarly teeth once they pull them?

even though I won't do anything nearly this cool with them?

Sunday, August 1, 2010