Monday, July 27, 2009

Lookit my pictures

Was missing northern Michigan the other day so I made some pictures of the views I see when I go riding in the hills above Petoskey. They're from memory, so I don't think it really looks much like this, in case you are from Petoskey and don't recognize anything.

Something about having just a month before teaching starts again makes me think of the projects I should devote these remaining weeks to. One project I just concluded was to finish reading a long two part article on surfing that I came across in a 1992 New Yorker that I found while cleaning my filing cabinet. That was the first year I started subscribing, and it's pretty amazing how different the magazine was back then. Smaller type, longer articles, less glam. In tracking down part I of the article, I learned that, through the New Yorker website, I can browse and print articles from every issue ever published! Amazing! It's like a free reverse-subscription.

Not sure what my other projects need to be, though, after hearing a story on NPR this morning, I am developing a plan to make crows like me. I also think I am going to paint a series of telephone poles covered with those vines with orange trumpet-like blooms on them. But now I can't find any of them around town, so I can't do it en plein air. Got to get started on something, though.
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7 comments:

sarahjane said...

Makes me wish I could draw something in my sketchbook. My skills never quite live up to my ideas, so I get annoyed. Summer projects sound fun. How about one involving a picnic below the bulb-lit tree with a few friends of yours? Hmmm. . . who to invite?

PirateGecko said...

Nice picture. (: I like the colors. Summer projects are always fun. You know, you could officially join the mystery project thing. :D That would count, right?

Dawn Potter said...

I heard that crow show this morning. I have long been suspicious of crows.

Mr. Hill said...

I was wary of them too, for a long time, and then all of the crows in our park died, or went away, and I felt bad. But now they have come back, and it has changed the way I feel about them.

What I would like to do is basically the opposite of the experiment they talked about in the NPR story, but I'm not sure how to go about it yet. I don't know what crows like.

Dawn Potter said...

They don't like to be banded, clearly, especially by people in caveman masks. One can hardly blame them.

Mindstroller said...

I like crows. They're so much smarter than most other birds. Or at least they act that way.

Rachel said...

Crows are insanely smart birds. I kind of wish I had one as a pet/sidekick.

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