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15 October 2010
Photo Friday: Burning Man art cars, part two

A continuing exploration of how to get around the Playa in style. Last week's part one is here.

stellar use of a golf cart
stellar use of a golfcart

Art cars come into their own at nighttime. The visual and auditory splendor will stop you in your tracks, yet they're infinitely harder to capture on camera. Especially without a tripod. In fact, any crisp shots here can probably be attributed to Mark, who has a much steadier hand than I.

Hopping a ride on the bigger art cars, as previously mentioned, is a tricky endeavor. We did manage to climb aboard a few of the smaller ones, and even hitched an illicit ride on the back of the big pirate bus, at least until a disembodied voice ordered us off. Good call, as we would likely have tumbled off on our own after breathing exhaust fumes straight from the source.

we actually got a ride on this one
we actually got a ride on this one

badass poultrymobile - the base was a funky Cadillac
badass poultrymobile - the base was a funky Cadillac

the Holy Grail of art cars
the Holy Grail of art cars - we hopped a short ride on the very back

a perennial favorite. the wings flap!
a perennial favorite. the wings flap!

flaming dragon
flaming dragon

pure tikilicious genius
pure tikilicious genius


Check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


RELATED LINKS:
* Photo Friday: Burning Man art cars, part one
* Photo Friday: ab-fab, sweetie-dahling
* Photo Friday: my night with oktapodi
* Photo Friday: this is your brain on Burning Man
* browse all 2008 Burning Man pics
* read all Burning Man blog posts
* check out the Burning Man website


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12 October 2010
Show your colors
and support your local farms via "Dine Out For Farms" week

crisp autumn sky and some tall zinnias
crisp autumn sky and some tall zinnias


I've never been a big fan of fall. Chillier temps. Back to school. Dark mornings. Bleccch. What's to like?


the humble zinnia
I tried for a while to capture the simple brilliance of this humble zinnia, but couldn't quite get it!

rose mallow
rose mallow, a pleasant surprise this year

hearty marigolds turn toward the sun
hearty marigolds turn toward the sun


Well, being a little more in tune with the rhythms of the garden has actually brought me an appreciation of the autumn season. Who'da thunk? I'm experimenting with a fall planting this year... broccoli, brussels sprouts, LOTS of kale, leeks, some late carrots and beets, winter spinach. Not to mention a whole bed of glorious garlic that I'm hoping will yield some scrumptious spring garlic scapes and about a metric ton of stinking rose to cook with for a season or more. We shall see.


the last of the sunflowers, and (hopefully!) the last of the cucumber beetles
the last of the sunflowers, and (hopefully!) the last of the cucumber beetles

just a little more sunflowerliciousness
just a little more sunflowerliciousness


So far the mozzies haven't completely dissipated, but as the temperatures drop, so will the pests. I did notice a spate of cucumber beetles -- spotted rather than striped -- on the last of the sunflowers. I'm far less annoyed than when these critters decimated my squash beds earlier in the season. On a more convivial note, a fat brown grasshopper has been hanging out in the wildflower bed near the front door. His presence sparks a vague memory of fables about hard work, but every time I spot him all I can do is stop and gaze in wonder.


oh, hello!
oh, hello!


There are still a few stalwart tomatoes and peppers waiting to be harvested. At this time of year, it's anyone's guess whether we'll get frost or 80-degree days. I'm willing to hang onto the last bastion of summer crops as long as I can. But, I have to admit, I'm looking forward to those autumn veggies!

 

the last few peppers and 'maters
the last few peppers and 'maters

new fall crops: brussels sprouts on the rise!
new fall crops: brussels sprouts on the rise!


Also, it's "Dine Out For Farms" week! Support your local farms and the American Farmland Trust by eating out at a participating restaurant. What better way to show your colors? 


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* Fruition
* Sweet green sublimation
* Wait for it...
* browse all garden pics


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08 October 2010
Photo Friday: Burning Man art cars, part one

ET's not phoning home, he's driving home
ET's not phoning home, he's driving home

Part transportation, part artistic statement, the art cars at Burning Man never fail to amaze and amuse me. On one level, they are a symbol of the immense, far-reaching, yet totally cooperative organization behind the event: one can not drive an art car on the Playa without first registering one's car at the DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles) in order to preserve the pedestrian-centric nature of Black Rock City. On a totally different level, art cars are a status symbol just like regular cars are in the default world. Getting a ride on one of the bigger art cars takes a combination of persistence, luck, and knowing the right person. Art cars are a way to attract chicks, especially the big rolling party buses with huge sound systems. Large as a double-decker bus or small as a dune buggy, art cars are a way to make a statement *and* travel in style.

But enough of my yammering. Without further ado, I present a selection of Burning Man art cars, part one.*

permission to fondle the vehicle, granted!
permission to fondle the vehicle, granted!

who moved my cheese?
who moved my cheese?

a rolling stereotype, embraced
a rolling stereotype, embraced

oktapodi's favorite art car
oktapodi's favorite art car

makes me want to talk in a Grover voice
makes me want to talk in a Grover voice, for some reason

where's Yogi Bear?
where's Yogi Bear?

gets trippier the more you look at it
gets trippier the more you look at it

who doesn't love a mobile party?
who doesn't love a mobile party?


* There were so many fabulous pictures to choose from that I decided to split this into two parts: daytime shots and nighttime shots.

Check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


RELATED LINKS:
* Photo Friday: ab-fab, sweetie-dahling
* Photo Friday: my night with oktapodi
* Photo Friday: this is your brain on Burning Man
* browse all 2008 Burning Man pics
* read all Burning Man blog posts
* check out the Burning Man website


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01 October 2010
PhotoFriday Flashback: one year ago in Piobbico
Castello Brancaleoni | Piobbico, Le Marche, Italy

To give you a little break from all the Burning Man bits (and, be assured, there's lots more coming!), here's a quick snapshot from our adventures in Italy. One year ago today, we were nearly locked into Piobbico's Castello Brancaleoni for the night. No Touch Monkey!

whew, that was a close one!
whew, that was a close one!

Castello Brancaleone
Castello Brancaleoni

thank god the keymaster came back!
thank god the keymaster came back!

Borghetto, the medieval hamlet behind the castle
Borghetto, the medieval hamlet behind the castle

Check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


RELATED LINKS:
* Read the original story: LOCKED UP ABROAD: Piobbico Edition

* Browse all Piobbico pics
* Browse all Le Marche pics
* Read all blog entries from Le Marche


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