Last month I began taking Finnish language classes at the Finn School in Northern Virginia. Last Saturday I documented two big events. The first photograph below is from a special visit and performance by Vellamo, a duo of folk musicians from Vaasa, Finland. After class, the Finlandia Foundation National Capital Chapter hosted a picnic, featuring some awesome relay races for the kids! You can check out more photos on my SmugMug page.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
I spotted this praying mantis hanging out in my garden on a corn leaf this evening. Natural pest control at its finest!
And a word about the corn plant... For the past few years I've done my best to pretty much avoid corn and corn bi-products, since the majority are GMOs. But this past winter I read Born to Run, in which author Christopher McDougall discusses Tarahumara corn flour and gives a shout out to Native Seeds - "a leader in the heirloom seed movement." I ordered a few different seed varieties from the website to try out. This particular plant is Tarahumara Gordo "Rosari". I also recently stumbled on Grow Seed, a "Heritage Wheat Conservancy." I wonder if these seeds could offer a cure to America's gluten intolerance epidemic.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I traveled to Montana in July to see two dear friends tie the knot. The scenery was stunning, to say the least and I'm posting some highlights. As soon as I arrived in Bozeman, I was struck by the stark contrast between the gorgeous landscape interrupted by highway construction and big box stores. All of this fell away the further we traveled into the mountains. Though much of the land was charred, as a fire had burned over 15,000 acres about a week before my trip.