Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mission of Magic: Orgiami Dragons in the Woods

Silkworm and I took a very special bike ride yesterday afternoon to hang twenty-five origami dragons in the woods of our favorite park, which was also the location for the first Mission of Magic we posted about on Zauberbear. The trees were so creaky squeaky, it was as if they were trying to bend over out of curiosity to get a look at what we were adorning them with!

As worth it as it was, and as successful as we felt upon returning home, I will be so happy when I finally have my driver's license and we can take a five-minute drive there and back easy peasy. I will always cherish our bike rides and we will never stop venturing on them, but I'd like them to be calm and pleasant, as opposed to eyes-darting-heart-racing chaos that requires thirteen gallons of artificial courage coursing through my veins. I will love not having to be ferociously brave to ride in the shoulder on a 50mph highway and cross the scariest intersections. I will drive myself and Silkworm to the park time and time again and we will bike to the beach at the end to eat breakfast during sunrise or dinner during sunset. It is going to be wonderful.

(My road test is in two days; wish me luck!)















NOTE: We're going back within the next couple days to take the dragons down. I don't want them becoming litter and upsetting anyone; that would defeat the whole purpose!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nineteen: Week 6


I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 35
July 18, 2014


Day 36
July 19, 2014


Day 37
July 20, 2014


Day 38
July 21, 2014


Day 39
July 22, 2014


Day 40
July 23, 2014


Day 41
July 24, 2014*


We're giving up.

We don't mind. We photographed the sunset last night thinking, "This is gonna be lovely for Day 41!" and it felt icky thinking that for some reason. It spoiled it in a way. We just wanted the sunset to be a sunset and not Day 41.

But have no fear; we're not gonna stop taking way too many pictures for our own good! Naturally, we'll keep posting those from our relevant adventures here, and we also post a lot of never-before-seen stuff on our Tumblr, too, whenever we can't work it into this blog. And there's always our Instagram, which we'll be back to updating regularly once we find a decent smartphone to spend all me monies on because my iPod's battery is essentially officially dead.

Anyway, these past six weeks were fun, but we're finished--and it's a good thing, because I have a feeling putting an end to this 365 is going to make for a surge of untamed inspiration in no time.

Mission of Magic: Chalking the Streets with Truths

Silkworm and I took my mom's bike (Lucy, my bike, is feeling a little under the weather and has to go in for a check-up) to the bay to write our favorite quote in the shoulder of the street with chalk. It took about six pieces of chalk in total but only less than ten minutes to get it all down, because we were racing what looked like a mini storm brewing in the sky. A guy walked past with his dog and told us "Hope the rain doesn't wash it away," and then we thought about it and came to the conclusion that it would kind of add a dose of magic if it did.

It's since drizzled a tad and now it's dry outside, but the weathermen are assuring us the evidence of this Mission of Magic will be cleaned up in tomorrow's showers (con thunderstorms).



"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."
- Charles Bukowski

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Every Bunny We Saw Today

Silkworm and I are starting a new project series on Zauberbear called "Every Thing We Saw Today", in which we will spend one day per project photographing a specific thing, such as flags or heart-shaped things. It's kind of like a scavenger hunt, and even more like making an abstract constellation out of a day.

A couple days ago, I was outside crocheting under the maple tree in our backyard when all of a sudden I looked up to see a bunny standing no more than four feet from me. It seemed completely nonchalant, or oblivious, to the fact that a human was sitting so close. But we stared right at each other, and then it hopped away in no rush at all.

That bunny wasn't the only bunny we've seen, lately. They've been frolicking everywhere, especially when we go out on our morning bike rides. So for our first Every Thing We Saw Today challenge, we went on a special bike ride an hour before sunset and spent it photographing every bun we saw on our new favorite bike route. The first few photographs are also extra buns from the flower field we went to check out after a lady selling flowers at the farmer's market invited us to come see it.

One bun...
Two buns, three buns...
Baby bun! (Three and half buns...kidding, four buns!)
Secret bun meeting in the flower fields to discuss human control! (Five, six, seven buns...)
Eight buns...
Deer count as buns, right?
Nine buns...
Ten buns...
Find the bun! (Eleven buns...)
Twelve buns...
Thirteen buns, fourteen buns...
Fifteen buns, sixteen buns...
Seventeen buns...
Eighteen buns...
Nineteen buns!
Deer!

We're thinking of going back to this street for sunset bike rides every evening, now.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nineteen: Week 5


I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 28
July 11, 2014


Day 29
July 12, 2014


Day 30
July 13, 2014


Day 31
July 14, 2014


Day 32
July 15, 2014


Day 33
July 16, 2014


Day 34
July 17, 2014


I missed half of this week's photos and had to make up for them on the last day of the week (I think that's my new flexible rule).

I'm worried this 365 is going to bum me out eventually. I like the idea of pushing myself to shoot everyday and finding time because I'm a dedicated and passionate photographer and it makes me feel validated, but I'm thinking it might be healthier to let inspiration crash into me whenever it pleases, rather than speeding around throwing myself at sparks. I don't want to burn out for sparks, I want to burn in a wildfire.

I'll keep it up and see how it goes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Ode to the Clouds

Clouds are strange places few people have been
Aloof in the sky, most whipped very thin,
And even if luck never takes you to them,
You'll find, upon staring, each silvery hem--
Close, you must stare, and you must squint your eyes,
But every cloud has one, in novel disguise.





Saturday, July 12, 2014

July 12th's Full Moon

Save last month's especially wicked full moon, I feel like Silkworm and I have been getting lucky with the effects of the full moons these most recent few months. This morning's moon hardly passed innocence on the scale of potential destruction. Silkworm became a magnet.



He started off weak by the time the sun was coming up, but it was enough to whack out my laptop a bit while we were in my bedroom, so we went out to the backyard to get away from any electronics he could destroy. Within a few hours, he was attracting small metal objects within a dozen feet of himself, and I could tell the moon was making him stronger, perhaps into a magnetic powerhouse. Since our backyard is more than a square acre of grass, I decided to take him to the center to get as far away from anything he might attract. We sat down in the grass and I listened to him babble in gibberish while he rolled around and pointed at the sky. Although we haven't got a fence around our yard, I wasn't worried about hiding him from human eyes, since there wasn't anybody around besides the people in the cars going by, and as if they could see far enough to distinguish Silkworm as more than a moving brown speck.



Even sitting in the center of a square acre, Silkworm did still manage to attract a couple "lightweight" metal things lying around the yard, and we heard a few clatters in the garage here and there. For a while, I was worried he was going to get too magnetic for me to control, and I started imagining intricately devastating scenarios. At the peak of the full moon, the telephone poles nearby shook for a good minute, but once the moon's power started to wane, the poles stood still again, and it was all downhill from there. I was able to take Silkworm near the garage without a problem, and he was fully conscious almost as soon as 7:30 AM, perfect timing to have a breakfast picnic outside.

While we ate, I told Silkworm the story of this full moon. He said he was disappointed nothing "cool" happened (honestly, I sort of agree), but happy I got a bit of a break, as am I. Next time a full moon comes, it'll be here on August 10th, peaking in the afternoon. We haven't had a full moon peak during the day in ages, and though it sounds more convenient, it's much harder trying to hide a magical lunatic in broad daylight than it is in the tinier hours of the day, when there are not so many eyes open.


Read about how full moons affect Silkworm here, and read more full moon stories here!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nineteen: Week 4


I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 21
July 4, 2014


Day 22
July 5, 2014


Day 23
July 6, 2014


Day 24
July 7, 2014


Day 25
July 8, 2014


Day 26
July 9, 2014


Day 27*
July 10, 2014

*Blogger is so mean to my photos. Click here to see it on Flickr.
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