You're going to get a full dose of New York Summer Weather: 92-degree heat, humidity, and thunderstorms! Pretty much the exact opposite of San Francisco.
Have a safe trip, Jen! I'm excited to see you!
2008-06-05 01:33 pm (UTC)
I know!! I've been warned of this, but I'm still looking forward to it. See you and Dave, soon!
Have you ever seen a French film called MicroCosmos (original title, I think, Le peuple de l'herbe)? It is about various tiny creatures going about their lives—not quite a documentary, since there are maybe two sentences in the whole film, just an exercise in creepy-crawly-things-are-awesome-to-watch-in-the-original-sense-of-the-term-awesome. Aside from being a general cinematic triumph, it features the most heartbreakingly beautiful sex scene you will ever watch, and the participants are two bright blue snails. Your beautiful drawings remind me of it.
2008-06-05 01:41 pm (UTC)
You know, I think I saw it a looong-ass time ago but since I barely remember a thing it's probably worth watching again. Putting it on the list.
Have you seen the clip of leopard slug mating
? Maybe gastropods are just really good at doing it.
Your snail piece is so, so lovely. It reminded me of MicroCosmos too!
Life in the Undergrowth might be my fave David Attenborough series. Though the ocean one with the hagfish is a close second.
Thank you so much! That was as beautiful as anything in Cirque du Soleil. Mammal sex has got some serious catching up to do.
Attenborough's name is attached to so many wonderful documentaries. I keep thinking of the lyre bird footage...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8
Have a great time in NY! Despite the heat and humidity and all that. If you have time for a few museum, definitely the Met (though you may get art overdose! This place cannot be completely visited in one day there's so much stuff), and a small walk in Central Park is nice.
David Attenborough is absolutely awesome. I lived his show on the birds that built things. But you really can't go wrong with someone who will seriously try to make people understand and appreciate bugs.
Have fun at MoCCA!
Ooo! That's very pretty!
Is Life in the Undergrowth the one that shows how slugs mate? I saw a clip of that on youtube a couple years back and Attenborough narrates it, and it's one of the most bizarrely beautiful things ever. I love Attenborough's voice! I wish he'd read me bedtime stories!
whenever I had to take the trash out at home, i would run out barefoot tiptoeing hoping not to crush a snail. i felt like it was a minefield in germany or something.
and it made me soooo sad when i accidentally stepped on one. as if killing them wasn't bad enough, but you were smooshing them in their house too!
enjoy NY!!!! LOTS OF GOOD FOOD!
ps. visit coney island before it is closed down for good!
Hit me up in NYC, my old number still works.
david attenborough is a fantastic human being.
we're just digging into Blue Planet. THE DEEP IS SO SCARY TO ME!
Aw man, beautiful painting! The details.. @_O. Have an AWESOME FREAKING TIME IN NY!!!!
I have to say that this is probably my favorite of all the things I've seen you post over the years. That painting is totally something I'd hang on my wall. Would there be a way for me to get a nice big print of this?
2008-06-14 05:28 am (UTC)
very slow food !!
hi jen ! I like your blog.
the two snails are beautiful ! I have some snailes too in my terrace and feed them ... but they aren't so big like yours ...