Thursday, August 26, 2010

As American as Funnel Cake

In the great state of Maryland, there are funnel cakes and then there are GRAND CHAMPION FUNNEL CAKES.  It is with immense honor and pleasure that I introduce to you today,
      the supreme of sweetness,
      the daredevil of deliciousness,
      the grand freakin’ champion of the 2010 Montgomery County
      Agricultural Fair… 
         (drum roll)

            Caramel Apple Funnel Cake!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Putting the FUN back in FUNGUS.

DAY 1 - 8:00 am

NIGHT 1 - 12:00 am

DAY 2 - 10:00 am

NIGHT 2 - 9:00 pm

Can this Super-Mushroom get any bigger? Is it secretly plotting take over the world? How much longer till the neighbors start avoiding me?

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Butterfly Effect--ed?

I watched a butterfly die today. It was a very strange experience. 

For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to just sit next to a butterfly and watch it be still. I really wanted to take advantage of this proximity and snap a few photos while I had the chance, but was torn about the intrusiveness and insensitivity of doing so as the little creature took its last breaths. I am sure it seems silly (and borderline PETA-activist-crazy) to many folks that I would worry about disrupting this one single butterfly when, in the grand scheme of things, I am responsible for causing far greater environmental harms. But I think this type of argument is misleading b/c it really confuses consciousness with responsibility- whether I am able to act responsibly and correct/avoid certain “bads,” should not negate my duty to be conscious of all that is “bad.”

Ultimately, I chose to take the photos and, as a result, must take responsibility for the impact of my decision. But, I also appreciate the rarity and honor of being able to capture the image of something so beautiful as it died.