Thoughts on Nature, Architecture & Planning


The basic principle is this: that all human landscape has cultural meaning, no matter how ordinary that landscape may be…Our human landscape is our unwitting autobiography, reflecting our tastes, our values, our aspirations, and even our fears, in tangible, visible form.

Axioms for Reading the Landscape, Peirce F. Lewis

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.

Aldo Leopold (via maskoffortune)

This is an amazing quote and so true.


Tenalach, a word used in the hills and mountains in the west of Ireland, allows one to literally hear the earth sing.

(via word-stuck:)

The honeycomb from our bee removal today. These guys were supported by about 15-20,000 friends of theirs, which are now being safely relocated to a bee yard out in rural Louisiana…glad I was able to find someone to save them instead of just kill them. There were a few casualties, about 3-400 perished in the removal when a block of comb fell to the floor.

This is depressing…maybe we can do something about it.

(Source: fuckyeahenvironmentalism)

After work today, I found this poor guy dead on my back porch. Looks like this male wood burrowing bee finally fulfilled his defender duties.

We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.

Andy Goldsworthy, British environmentalist/artist (via selenemooneffe)

Undeniably true. 

(via asapscience)

This little fella was traversing my parents yard today. This was pretty shocking considering it is over 90 degrees today and there is no standing water for at least half a mile.


In preparation for starting graduate school in the fall, I have been trying to narrow down the brand of sketchbooks I want to stock up on. It is a tough decision, considering I hope to use the same brands/styles for 3 years.

I have always been a fan of Moleskine books, especially their pocket-size planners and watercolor books. During the last few months I have become fascinated by their “folio” series books and I am considering the option of a pairing of A4 sized folio sketchbooks and watercolor books. The sketch ones for general pencil/colored pencil sketching (and notes) and the watercolor for ink and watercolor work.

Of course my other choice is Stillman and Birn sketchbooks with either Epsilon or Zeta paper. This solution would allow me to use one type/size for everything…however the page count is a bit lower for a similar size/price. This would mean purchasing a higher quantity. I do love S&B papers though..can not speak highly enough of this company.

Still weighing the options, but I will have to make a decision soon.

I came across a company yesterday that produces a sketchbook series for designers which seemed like they were worth a try. The company is Cottonwood Arts. They seem to be supplying the ranks of concept designers, animators and video game art folks. As I am entering a field of design, which is more about communicating ideas through drawing (80% of the time), I thought I should really give them a shot. I ordered 2 sketchbooks from them yesterday, a  D1 (8.25” x 11.5”) and a D3 (5” x 8.25”).

I have realized that for my chosen field it will be appropriate to find a sketchbook which works well with pencils and pen primarily with markers and colored pencils as secondary options. As my primary drawing tools will more than likely be my lead holders/mechanical pencils, Copic Multiliners and Neutral Black Sketch Markers, I feel that a lighter weight paper could work, and I am not so worried about using wet media. I will probably keep using Stillman and Birn Zeta series for watercolors since it has worked so far for me….

This is a specimen caught in our master bedroom yesterday morning. It seems that honeybees have started a hive in our wall. We are having someone come and remove them humanely next week. They will be relocated to a more rural locale, intact including the queen. More photos forthcoming once the process starts.

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