When I was living in Colorado I made a monochromatic fringe garland for the front porch and I enjoyed seeing it blow in the wind with the Rocky Mountain foothills in the background. I could take a look at the garland from the window and if it was fluttering in the wind then I’d know how many layers I should wear if I ventured outside.
Now that I’m living in Santa Cruz I have a concrete backyard so I decided to expand upon the project and make something more colorful to brighten up the place. I ended up making a 50 foot fringe garland with yarn + rope and it energizes the space perfectly. It still dances on windy days adding movement and cheer to the concrete backyard. The photos below show the fringe making process as well as some fun had while dancing with a 50′ roll of fringe and throwing it into the air.
I found an elk skull on a hike in Northern Colorado and hauled it home with me because it was so beautiful and I knew that it would look stunning if I painted it gold. They are such gigantic animals and you can get a sense of scale from the image below where I’m holding the skull.
On the hike we came across an entire elk skeleton. Every bone was perfectly dried and it was scattered over 400 square feet as if some type of explosion happened. I hiked out with the skull, sacrum and a vertebrae.I ended up losing my balance when crossing over some fallen trees and the vertebrae fell out of my pack. I didn’t even realize that happened until I got back to the truck.
Since we started the hike in the middle of the night we had the chance to hear the elk bugle across the mountains. I had never heard that sound before. The bugle of the bull elk is a distinctive sound that begins deep-toned and becomes a high pitched squeal before ending in a succession of grunts. My husband had a mouth reed and mimicked the female elk call. They had a bit of back and forth conversation across the mountains and after about ten minutes the bull elk traveled in another direction.
This elk skull is from a female. If she gave birth then the calf would have passed right by the sacrum. I kept thinking about that as I held the sacrum in my hand.
fawn/doe :: gem/magic
I made a gem painting many months ago in preparation for the arrival of the fawns this Spring. I intended to hang it outside and use the trail cam to photographically capture the magical moment of one of the fawns walking in front of the painting. The idea was lofty at best but I held onto the belief that it could happen. Spring came and went and there were no fawns. It wasn’t until early July that the fawns started to venture out into the neighborhood side by side with their mommas. As it turns out, the placement of the gem painting on the side of the house is perfect because the area is a regular passageway for these families. The composite images below are in honor of Mother Nature and her beautiful reminders of patience and renewal.
This exercise is called “rainbow butt leg lifts” (for obvious reasons). Try it while you’re watching the paint dry!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. In case no one has told you this lately-> you’re doing a great job!
You and your kids, or the children for whom you are a mentor, are perfectly designed for each other. You challenge each other to grow in profound and transformative ways. The amount of love, support and patience you give guides the struggle and enhances the joy.
In honor of Father’s Day I’ll post a Story Corps clip that fills my eyes with tears every time I listen to it. It’s called ‘Don’t Sneak’: Dad’s Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The 50’s and you can listen to it by clicking on the link below (3:29 minutes). http://www.npr.org/player/embed/325917505/326062372.
My mind was blown by the YoGoGirls when I saw this image of a super strong woman doing a handstand while balancing a bicycle on her legs. I felt inspired. I needed to see more and I had a lot of questions.
For example, did someone place the bike on her legs, or did she lift that thing up there by herself?
Did she get bike grease all over her legs?
And did someone help her “dismount”?
How long did she hold this pose for the camera?
Were there any unfortunate moments where the bicycle went crashing to the floor?
I’d love to see the outtakes of these images.
The YoGoGirls describe themselves as, “Designers, photographers, cyclists, triathletes, yogis & fun-havers!” They are my kindred spirits. I am inspired by their strength, eye for design, and cleverly ripped/re-purposed clothing. Below I will post some of my favorites from their Instagram account (they also have a blog here) and weave in my own “core strength” videos for a powerhouse stream of inspiration.
Trail cameras are great because you never know what type of photos you’ll end up with (if any). We strapped ours to a tree for a few weeks in hopes of seeing a mountain lion but the results were mostly pine trees swaying and deer grazing. Still, the surprise element is exciting and it feels like developing film.
Donald showed me how to use masks in Photoshop to create some entertaining results. Below are a few of our collaborations and some pleasant surprises captured by the Bushnell trail and game camera. I call this series, “If M.I.A. Made a Music Video in the Colorado Wilderness.”
Please disregard the inaccurate date and time stamp on these photos. They were shot this Spring in Colorado (2015).
The photo below shows why I never wear headphones when out in public and especially not while I’m deep in the woods. I love to work out to music (especially listening to M.I.A.), but I prefer to know what’s going on around me when I’m outside. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
And below is an outtake (taken with an iPhone, not with the Bushnell camera) showing some of the props that I brought with me for this project. I jogged ~ 3.5 miles up a mountain with 1,800+ elevation gain and a day-pack full of non-essentials (including lipstick + gold hoop earrings).
More to come because this was a really fun project and the fawns should be showing up in the mountains any day now…
*Note* No animals were injured during this photo shoot, however, I fell a few times while jumping around trying to activate the camera sensor.