The air is cool, the sun is shining and the roses are in bloom. Jesse and I took our dog for a walk at the Lake Harriet rose garden this weekend. Now is the prime time to visit the garden, all the roses are in bloom. It’s beautiful. Here is a sampling of the photos I took.
Here is my first person account. Jesse and I pulled up to the studio at about 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoon. Little did we know what we were about to witness. As I got out of the car, I exclaimed, “Are those two fighting over there?”
Jesse looked, and surprised he replied, “Looks like they are; that’s weird.”
I exclaimed, “What should we do?”
Jesse replied, “There isn’t anything we can do. The one in the yellow jacket looks really dangerous.”
Now the two were now rolling on the ground, I could tell the one wearing yellow was biting. The one in cream was in flight mode, he just wanted to get away. And he did—briefly—but the yellow one caught up and continued the assault. They fought and tumbled on the ground. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The one in the yellow jacket was winning. Although the one in cream put up a good fight, I could tell he was getting tired.
Just when I thought the one in cream was going to yell, “Uncle!” the unbelievable happened. The one in yellow started dismembering the one in cream. First biting off one wing, then another, until it had bitten off all the wings! Then the wasp bit off the moth’s head. Next it sliced clear through the middle of the body, separating the thorax from the abdomen. The wasp picked up a piece of the body and flew away with it. He returned five minutes later to retrieve the head. He even tried to carry away the wings.
I’m terrified of yellow-jackets, but I carefully took the photographs below to share this insect homicide with you. I now know the thrill and rush a National Geographic photographer feels.
Poor typography is one of my biggest pet peeves. (You already know this if you’ve read my article on hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes). I cringe when I find punctuation misused and abused in publications. Ninety degree typewriter quotes should never be used anywhere ever again. Typewriters are—like—SO 1960. Quotation marks and apostrophes should never be used to note measurements. Shudder. Today I show the difference between: correct quotation marks (+ apostrophe), typewriter quotation marks and prime marks.
Rule number 1: Don’t mistake correct quotation marks for typewriter quotation marks.
Rule number 2: Use prime marks when noting feet, inches, hours and minutes.
The key command to make a single prime mark on the Mac is shift + option + e. To make a double prime mark press shift + option + g. The single prime mark is commonly used to note feet and hours while the double prime mark is used to note inches and minutes. Further reading about the prime marks can be found on wikipedia.
(If anyone knows the key commands to make prime marks on the PC, will you leave it in the comments? Thanks!)
My dog loves to hang out under my bed. I know it’s a normal dog thing to do, they like the feeling of being enclosed. (Like if they were hanging out in a den in the wild.) Usually I just see the Toby’s back end stick out of the bed (which always makes me chuckle). Today, when I finished styling my hair, and called for him to join me downstairs, his back end was sticking out one side of the bed and he peaked his little face out underneath the bed skirt! It was so cute and funny, that I commanded him to wait while I retreived my camera so I could take these photos to share with you. There’s nothing like a cute, cuddly pooch to put a smile on your face!
Barnes & Noble is a store I frequent. I can easily spend hours there. Not only do I love looking at all the book cover designs, but I love seeing the printing techniques publishers use to grab our attention. Foil. Embossing. Special paper. Die cuts. The size and shape of books. Illustrations. Typefaces. Colors.
After I’m finished oogling book covers (and I definitely judge them) I make my way to the magazine rack and then to the design and art section. The best part about Barnes & Noble is the freedom to browse, which sometimes means paging through a magazine cover to cover. Some people might visit Barnes & Noble just to browse (not to buy), much like one could do in a library. But I always walk away with a purchase. Today I bought How magazine and Design It Yourself by Ellen Lupton. Happy reading to me!
Today I spent my afternoon hanging out at a local Caribou Coffee shop for a summer art fair. I met some great artists—check out their work! To visit each artist’s website, click the photo. Or email the artist for more information.