Monday, August 25, 2014

An Insect Expedition

 
I recently got a chance to visit Butterfly Wonderland in Arizona, one of the county's largest butterfly and moth habitats!  The large atrium housed several species I wanted to document...

 
I was ready for an expedition into the world of insects!


The first room contained all the cocoons and chrysalises that the butterflies were emerging from... 


The African Moon Moth was one of my favorites...


The Blue Morpho butterfly camouflages its bright colors with an owl-like outer wing pattern.


This little guy didn't mind cameras at all.


The green butterflies were my favorites...


The Parthenos Sylvia liked to hang out on pine boughs...


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Last Road Trip of the Summer...


Hi, friends of the Forest.  I recently returned from a week long vacation in Arizona to visit my mom.  Now, I'm not much of a desert-dweller, so luckily it was raining the entire week that I visited.  We drove through deserts, cities, and forests...


In the city by the woods I saw a green building called the Elk's Theater.  How I wished I could have danced in the grand ballroom!


We visited my Aunt Cathy who had recently moved out to an RV park in Arizona.  She had an awesome RV with woodgrain details, an 8-Track player blasting Simon and Garfunkel, and tons of old family memories....


Of course the trip wouldn't be complete without some thrifting, so my mom and I hit up every thrift shop in phoenix!  I got this cute golfing dog hanger that I thought was a bear at first...


Friday, August 1, 2014

July in Review


July flew by...Summer's almost gone...I didn't do much this month.
watched Romance of the Limberlost on repeat, acting out the parts, got into the actress Viola Tree, ate lots of green foods, dressed in geometric water patterns, went for bike rides at the lake, went to the park on a cloudy day swinging while listening to Girl on a Swing by Gerry and the Pacemakers, watched old westerns in the living room with Ol' R, rode abandoned tire swings, celebrated forest of july, green fireworks, gardened, made tea, invented new recipes, rode mechanical horses, hosted an in-n-out party for Jesse's birthday and made a bear burger, played too many video games, and climbed trees.


Songs of the Month:
June, July and August - Nancy Sinatra
Evergreen - Fiery Furnaces
Summer's Almost Gone - The Doors
The Voyager - Jenny Lewis
July, July - The Decemberists


Movies I Watched:
Lure of the Wilderness
Song of the Saddle

Blogs I Discovered:
Anie, inspired

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites: Waters + Woods

Hope everyone is having a very foresty friday.  I for one can't wait for a weekend in the woods!    I'm dreaming of going to the forest by the lake, wearing a woodgrain one-piece, swimming, logrolling, and taking pictures!  


print by Frida Clements

This print really sums up summer for me.  The geometric patterns, the blues and greens blending into a forest and river blur...

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Welcome to Guitar Lake!  This picture reminds me of a place in my town I like to call 'Slingshot Pond'  which has an old tree in the perfect Y shape.  I've always wanted to use a bungee cord to make a human slingshot to launch into the pond.  I love places like this...

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Ooh, Lost Lake would be an amazing vacation spot!  
The name conjures up images of mystery, like an old Nancy Drew novel...


I feel like my town's lake looks an awful lot like Lake Hylia from the Legend of Zelda series...


On my reading list for the weekend?  Thoreau's Canoeing in the Wilderness!





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life at the Lake...


Hi, friends of the forest!  All summer, I've been enjoying having fun at the lake.  After all, it's my town's namesake!  Less than a block away from our house is the lakefront, with a small forest surrounding it...  I like to ride my bike down there and explore...

At the beginning of summer, the cranes were shedding their feathers and getting ready for the mating season.  I managed to get a good photo of them squawking in their nests high in the trees...

 We came across a strange sight in the woods as we walked towards the lake: a car shopping cart next to a long pallet leaning on a tree.  I suspected some teenagers wanted to make a ride, but didn't have the proper tools...oh well, it would have been quite thrilling to ride...


When we finally reached the lake, I encountered a scene that was uncannily like the part in Zelda: Ocarina of Time when Link finds the empty bottle in Lake Hylia. We wrote a message in it and cast it into the deep blue lake...


We discovered a D.I.Y dock made of a pallet near by the lake...gosh, it would be perfect for launching off my inflatable tortoise...

One of the risks of going down to the lake is seeing dead fish...to be honest, I have had a fish phobia my entire life, but this skeleton intrigued me...


While in Arizona, I spotted a real whale of an RV park, I wish we had a whale at our hometown lake!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Music Monday: Rivers and Roads


Rivers and roads, rivers and roads, rivers till I reach you...

This song always reminds me of summertime.  Roadtrips, camping, the forest and the river.  I haven't been to as many "rivers" this summer as much as "roads" so I'm hoping I can do more aquatic activities in July...


Recipe: Porcupine Potatoes


Hi, forest friends!  Our company's subdivision, Forest Foods has developed a new recipe: Porcupine Potatoes!  These are extremely simple to make and perfect for keeping kids busy while you're cooking.  First, bake the potatoes to soften them up.  Carve a small face in the front then insert sliced almonds to represent a hedgehog-like texture.  Just another way to add forest flair to your dinner.