This Land is Your Land by Barry Underwood

Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Barry Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate. Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.

Underwood marks the landscape with LED lights, luminescent substances and other physical processes, utilizing lustrous color and working with shapes, lines and light to point to the immutable traces that human interventions leave behind. By staging a visual disruption in an otherwise familiar setting, Underwood seeks to reveal the unseen potential instilled in the landscape. As a result of the interplay of the natural and unnatural, he creates strikingly beautiful, otherworldly visuals enhancing awareness of environmental issues.

He writes, “The landscape has been and continues to be altered by ambitious human activities linked to political, social, economic, climactic, and aesthetic forces. I am particularly interested in connections between land use and the interpretation of a landscape as a politically symbolic environment, reflecting human activity and one’s own self-definition, as well as our values and beliefs.”

From the exhibition at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.

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Small town, big pride: Boise, Idaho

Boise, Id. — Residents of Boise, Idaho, will tell you there are many reasons to love their city: It’s tranquil and urbane, surrounded on all sides by an endless supply of spectacular nature. Its nickname is Tree City, and the word “Boise” itself most likely derives from the French for “woods,” fitting for its quiet, bucolic charm and beautiful old-growth trees. The city is neighborly, full of convivial bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and many neighborhoods where it’s common for residents to rarely lock their doors.

In some ways, the annual Boise Pride celebration reflects that promise of an idyllic lifestyle. At Pridefest, I met one particularly inspiring group of high schoolers, none of whom identified in exactly the same way, from straight to queer and otherwise: the intelligent and empowered Freya; Nola, a sharp athlete who hopes to become a physical therapist; Sarah, a pleasant transplant from upstate New York; Daphne, a jokester with Puerto Rican roots; and thoughtful, artistic, pink-haired Cody. A few of them met for the first time at Pride, where they quickly became friends. Their anti-clique mindset and already expansive identities demonstrate a hopeful openness that bodes well for Boise’s future. Read more (6/30/17)

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Neuharlingersiel is a municipality in the district of Wittmund, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Neuharlingersiel is a small bucolic fishing village popular with artists. It is the setting of the German TV series Doktor Martin the German version of the British Doc Martin series.

In Germany, Doktor Martin an adaptation of the original series, airs on ZDF with Axel Milberg as Doktor Martin Helling, a surgeon from Berlin. The counterpart of Portwenn was the real existing village of Neuharlingersiel in East Frisia.

Neuharlingersiel ist eine Gemeinde in der Samtgemeinde Esens im Landkreis Wittmund im Nordwesten Niedersachsens. Der Ortsteil Neuharlingersiel ist seit 1979 ein staatlich anerkanntes Nordseeheilbad. Die Ortsteile Altharlingersiel und Ostbense sind seit 1985 als Küstenbadeorte klassifiziert.
Der Neuharlingersieler Hafen ist der Fährhafen zur ostfriesischen Insel Spiekeroog.Die Gemeinde liegt im Harlingerland in Ostfriesland an der Nordseeküste. An der Küstenlinie entlang erstreckt sich der Nationalpark Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer, der seit 2009 zum UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe gehört. Ein Krabbenkutter ist ein speziell für den Fang von Nordseegarnelen (in der Küchensprache Krabben oder Granat genannt) ausgerüstetes flachbodiges Schiff, das sowohl mit Kuttertakelung (ein Mast mit Auslegern für Großsegel, Klüver- Fock- und/oder Großtoppsegel) oder als Gaffelketch auf Fangreise geht. Als Antrieb dient ein Dieselmotor, der einen in den meisten Fällen ummantelten Propeller antreibt. Die Länge der Kutter kann bis zu 20 Meter betragen, die Breite bis zu 4,5 Meter. Ein Tiefgang von rund 1,8 Meter wird selten überschritten. Stationiert sind diese Schiffstypen an Nord- und Ostsee in kleinen Häfen (Kutterhäfen), die oft auch über einen Verarbeitungsbetrieb für den angelandeten Fang verfügen. Zu den bekannten Kutterhäfen gehören Dorum, Greetsiel und Fedderwardersiel.

The signs as nice words

Aries: Vitality, springtime, untiring, full of life, dynamic.

Taurus: folksy, rustic, of the earth, unyielding, yearning.

Gemini: airy, balmy, bellowing, pleasant, fickle.

Cancer: delicate, powerful, serene, of the sea, zealous.

Leo: fearless, unwavering, luminescent, spirited, radiant.

Virgo: bucolic, dreamy, astral, celestial, intuitive.

Libra: fluttery, harmonious, adored, exalted, enchanting.

Scorpio: luxurious, opulent,
protective, dignified, regal.

Sagittarius: vagrant, enigmatic, electric, astir, compelling.

Capricorn: abstract, deep thinking, mysterious, frugal, sensible.

Aquarius: ethereal, divine, intangible, heavenly, of the sky and stars.

Pisces: imaginative, quixotic, poetic, amorous, whimsical.

The caption labelled this an edible masterpiece, and I can’t disagree! Whether it’s the rich shade of royal blue, the carefully-mastered strokes (brash and dainty) across the fondant, the delicate bucolic gold touches, and best of all, that sugar rose perched oh-so-gently at the tips of the top two tiers. This piece by Nadia & Co. is utter perfection, and so stately. I can only imagine how hard it is to cut into it during the cake cutting ceremony. For me? I’d rather preserve it, and bring it home.



Quite finished with this one and proud of it, I must say. It took me hours, a lot of tea and cider, but it was worth it.

The size is an A2, I painted on canvas with green acrylic (forgot the brand) and zinc white gouache on top. I use a super tiny brush and that was it.

It’s the first 2 stanzas and a half of the Bucolics:

Tityre, tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi
siluestrem tenui musam meditaris auena:
nos patriae finis et dulcia linquimus arua.
nos patriam fugimus: tu, Tityre, lentus in umbra
formosam resonare doces Amaryllida siluas.
O Meliboee, deus nobis haec otia fecit.
namque erit ille mihi semper deus, illius aram
saepe tener nostris ab ouilibus imbuet agnus.
ille meas errare boues, ut cernis, et ipsum
ludere quae uellem calamo permisit agresti.
Non equidem inuideo, miror magis; undique totis
usque adeo turbatur agris. en, ipse capellas
protenus aeger ago; hanc etiam uix, Tityre, duco.
-hic inter densas corylos modo namque gemellos,spem gregis

Special thanks to: Virgil, Dad, Tasha, Mikaela, Anna Calvi, Twinings, Magners and Thomas Barrow.

“breakfast” – a non - graphic short film about factory farming

The setting of Kris Hofmann’s short film “Breakfast” is a child’s bedroom, with a bookshelf of stuffed animals beside a desk with a set of wooden blocks that depict a bucolic farm scene.

The film recounts the lives of Harriet, Eleanor the cow and Arthur the pig.
Breakfast reveals, in a non – graphic manner -  the connections between our food and the realities of factory farming.

Hofmann is a filmmaker, animator and designer who wanted to highlight the discrepancy between the love many breakfast-eaters show for their pets and their disregard for the suffering of other animals.


Everything Electric

Neon struck
Sand in the desert
Sand in my eyes
Like midnight perfume
A velvet trigger
Prescription lead
On and on

Who’s this weirdo in the mirror?
Mouth moving
Arms flailing
What are you saying?
The sky
The sky
The blue sky is failing
The mountain’s sharp
Lovers loving

My head feels like it’s about to explode
I wonder what Jackson Pollock thought of his fans
I’d like to think he just laughed
Shook his head
And said,
‘Whatever I guess’

A stupid child flips through the dictionary screaming random words
‘Ba da duh da’
‘Wah wah wah’
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have a minute?

Even the crickets
And the moon
Oh the moon
And the stars
And they shapes the make
Everything electric
Everything buzzing
It’s midnight and I’m running down the street
High and broken

One Thing I Question

I’m really loving the new Samurai Jack series, but there’s one thing that I think is a bit of a cop out.

How, after centuries of Aku rule, are there even places like this *left*? If I recall correctly, it was difficult to find scenes like this fifty years ago in the original Samurai Jack.

I mean, I understand that the destruction of such a bucolic scene is meant to tug at the ol’ heartstrings, but this

beggars belief. Especially as a place that those in charge know exist and can spy on. 

anonymous asked:

hi archy! Can I get your opinion on the architecture of hampshire college, in amherst massachusetts? (my mom thinks it's really ugly but i might go there next year lol)

The Hampshire College campus (above) is a campus without an unifying architectural style that is situated in the bucolic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. There is nothing inherently “ugly” about the campus which could be better described as quirky. Also, any campus with an Eric Carle Museum on its grounds is fine by me!

RW Kern Campus Center

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In the heart of the bucolic county of Derbyshire, England, Gavin Munro tends to a unique crop: furniture. Munro grows completely natural household furnishings by carefully pruning and grafting trees over the course of a decade. Though the process requires patience, the beautiful results are both functional and sustainable.

(via The Furniture Farmer | That’s Amazing - YouTube)


Shirley Jackson

(December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American author. She was a popular writer in her time, and her work has received increased attention from literary critics in recent years. She influenced Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson. She is best known for the short story “The Lottery” (1948), which suggests a secret, sinister underside to bucolic small-town America, and for The Haunting of Hill House (1959), which is widely considered to be one of the best ghost stories ever written. In her critical biography of Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when “The Lottery” was published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that “no New Yorker story had ever received”. Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, “bewilderment, speculation, and old-fashioned abuse”. In the July 22, 1948, issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jackson offered the following in response to persistent queries from her readers about her intentions:

Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story’s readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.

Jackson’s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work, “she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements. She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years.” Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson’s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of “personal, even neurotic, fantasies”, but that Jackson intended, as “a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb”, to mirror humanity’s Cold War-era fears. Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman’s statement that she “was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned ‘The Lottery’, and she felt that they at least understood the story”. Read More || Edit