ji zhou : civilized landscape

Posted: October 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: art, books, handmade, paper, the earth | No Comments »



These are images from Beijing native, Ji Zhou’s series titled “Civilized Landscape” created using books, maps and photography to produce these urban and topographical landscapes.

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(*via The Shiny Squirrel)

morning meditation : slow-motion surfing

Posted: November 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: places, the earth | No Comments »

SURFING @ 1000 FRAMES PER SECOND from Chris Bryan on Vimeo.

The new and powerful Phantom Flex4K camera used to shoot this footage at 1000 frames per second goes for anywhere between 100-160 thousand bucks. Wow.

(*via Kottke)

moon & earth : new photo

Posted: November 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: the earth | No Comments »


China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft took this remarkable photo last week of the moon and earth.

(*via Earth Sky)

summer sun : eric carle

Posted: August 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, illustration, the earth | No Comments »

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(*from Eric Carle’s Blog)

fern : tastic

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, the earth, things | No Comments »


Dorky jokes aside, I just ordered these fern stamps from the USPS. And came across some other fern-inspired treasures thanks to a post by Shannon of HappinessIs.

Pretty cool fern print jacket by Leslie R Buchanan:


And this sweet embroidered tea towel:


inspiring shapes & patterns : diatoms

Posted: June 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, the earth | No Comments »


Arranged diatoms (algae/phytoplankton) on microscope slides in the California Academy of Sciences Diatom Collection

(*via Fox on the Run)

happy summer ! surfing dolphins

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: places, the earth | No Comments »

Incredible view of 30 or so dolphins surfing some waves in Western Australia together. The footage was captured by Jennene and Dave Riggs of RiggsAustralia.

“Huge pods of bottlenose dolphins cruise the shoreline, surfing, playing and teaching their young how to forage amongst the crystal clear turquoise waters.”

(*via EarthSky)

barca for mayor : healing kaua’i

Posted: June 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: doing good, places, the earth, travel | 1 Comment »

Dustin Barca Run for Mayor 103

Just got back from a week on the island of Kaua’i where an inspiring mayoral race is underway. New candidate, Dustin Barca, a native of Kaua’i, returned to the island after a tour as a professional surfer and took his activist spirit into the political realm by running for mayor. (Mayors govern each individual island in Hawaii.) We saw signs, bumper stickers, shirts promoting him everywhere on the island.

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Even in his campaign posters, he is approachable in a t-shirt and kind face, standing in a field — and after reading interviews and campaign literature, it’s clear he’s a passionate advocate for his home. He is focusing specifically on the restoration of Kauaian culture; sustainable agriculture; restoring the islands original waterways and addressing the local drug problem through rehabilitation programs and less imprisonment. “For the people, from the heart.”


Barca impressively launched his campaign with a literal “run” for mayor by completing a 4-day, 90-mile marathon across the entire island to get the word out. Best of luck, Barca!!

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highlights from portugal : sintra, the algarve & lisbon

Posted: May 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: places, the earth, travel | 1 Comment »


Our sisters week in Portugal, captured in a few select photos. What a magical place — I loved every aspect of being there. Beautiful historical architecture; romantic landscapes; warm and friendly people; delicious food and espresso everywhere! and many simple moments to savor.

We traveled in Sintra and the surrounding areas then drove south to the Algarve region, followed by a short stint in Lisbon. Stupendous. Would love to return.













binchotan : charcoal products

Posted: May 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, the earth, things | No Comments »

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I appreciate the careful selection of products available from New Zealand’s Douglas and Bec shop. Their newest addition is a line of charcoal products from Japan – such as an eye mask, facial soap, body scrub towel, pumice stone and charcoal sticks for water or room purification.

Their description does the trick:

The Japanese have been using Binchotan charcoal for its purification, skin care and health properties for centuries. The tradition of producing Binchotan comes from the Kishu region of Japan, where oak branches are burnt until red hot and then cooled down rapidly.

The more we research Binchotan, the more uses we find for it. To use Binchotan sticks for water, simply clean off any loose charcoal and rinse off, then boil for around 10 minutes. Pop it in a jug of water and you are ready to go. Along with drawing out impurities and chemicals (like chlorine), they add nutrients such as magnesium, manganese, calcium, and iron to your drinking water.

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