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New Prints.

9.04.2013

I've added new prints to the shop! Hop over to view 'em.
All prints are available with a multitude of options.
Here's a sneak preview:

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Life Lately: According to My iPhone

9.02.2013

Happy No School Labor Day!!!
This artist's life lately, brought to you by my iPhone.
School's been a little crazy, so excuse my absence of late.
If you really want to see insanity, here's a glimpse at my life for the next 4 months:
Dynamics
Computer Programming
Biomaterials
Biomaterial - Lab
Chemistry
Chem - Lab
and Research Lab hours.
Good thing I love this stuff like crazy. I won't lie, I love my classes and I'm STOKED for labs.
Let's get this party started, son.
Bring it Fall 2013.

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Yellowstone (3): Geysers & Mud Pots

8.18.2013

Old Faithful
MUD POT!

While in Yellowstone, I saw geysers & mud pots galore. Depending on the season, mud pots change consistency due to moisture or lack thereof. Most were thick and gooey, spurting darts of boiling mud. The geysers were stunning, albeit HOT whenever their steam blew straight threw the crowds (and into my face in 85F weather). I can't believe how crowded the entire park was. Old Faithful had masses of bodies packed back to back. Throughout the trip, we learned to leave earlier in the morning to beat the hoards of families.
Mother Nature is pretty incredible. To witness 50 - 100 ft high geyser blasts coming straight outta the earth - priceless. I can't help but imagine the faces of each first explorer to witness Yellowstone's marvels. They were probably mind blown to the point of a coma. I feel it'd be the equivalent of giving an iPhone to a pioneer in the 1800's. Because yes, I've thought of that.

Yellowstone (2): Thermophiles & Grand Prismatic Spring

8.17.2013

Excelsior Geyser
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
 I apologize for taking so long to post, I've been in the process of moving so things are insane at the moment. And I mean insane. But that's another story.

Back to Yellowstone . . . my favorite parts of the entire park consisted of the Grand Prismatic Spring and thermophile mats/springs.
Thermophiles are incredibly insane "extremophile" organisms that thrive at incredibly hot temperatures ranging from 113 F - 252 F (45 C- 122 C). Most thermophiles are actually Archaea (a domain of lifeforms, Archaea are single celled organisms lacking nuclei and organelles). Mind blown? I am. But that's also because I'm an extreme nerd for this stuff. Thermophiles LOVE (and I mean LOVE) geothermal features, which is why Yellowstone National Park is absolute cloud nine for these little dudes. They also tend to hang around deep sea hydrothermal vents and pose the answer to many scientific questions (such as life on other planets).
Thermophiles are the main players behind Yellowstone's colorful "bacterial mats" and springs. They're also the direct cause behind those lovely sulfuric smells. 
But I'm sure I've put everyone to sleep with my scientific obsession. I just gave a freakin' science lesson. Great.
If anything enjoy the photos.
'Cause you just got schooled, son.

Yellowstone National Park: Part 1

8.06.2013


 Last week I visited Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming with my grandmother and aunt. 
As my very first visit, I had an incredible time.
The springs were so blue, geysers impressive, and thermophile pools, boy, do they get me. Oddly (actually more pathetic) I've always considered what type of microorganism I'd wish to be.
It's been decidedly thermophile every time.
I love those little boogers . . . I mean microbes . . .
'Cause who wouldn't want to be an evolved, persistent, vibrantly colored, microbe with tolerance to extreme heat just chillin' out around hot springs and volcanic sites?
Exactly. 
I saw TONS of bison (which I learned are NOT buffalo, those are found in Africa). I also learned bison have a tendency to create traffic jams while meandering onto roads. But hey, they were there first & what's the point of a road if not to meander on whenever you darn feel like?
I also learned bison growl. Yes, you read that right. It's true, folks.
 I saw a lone coyote, some wolves, and a bear (who was in a rehabilitation center, so it wasn't a legit wild bear).
We visited the Grand Prismatic Spring (my favorite), Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb, Firehole falls, Biscuit Basin, mud pots, springs, geysers, trails, and tons of sulfur-smelling anomalies. We pretty much hit-up every joint in sight within a 100 mile radius.  
One of the greatest things about Yellowstone to me: it's basically nature's painting. All those microbes, minerals, springs, and mud pots paint their own gorgeous landscapes.
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