Friday, December 5, 2014

Richard William's 'A Christmas Carol'

In 1970, Richard Williams, known for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler, directed an animated version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol for the American Broadcasting Company. Ken Harris, who worked on a number of Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera cartoons as well as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, served as chief animator. The animation style, aimed at an adult audience, is based on original 19th century engravings for the book by John Leech and Gustave Doré. The resulting film is dark and completely unique. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1972. Watch it below:

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Mixtape for Halloween

James Wyeth "Pumpkinhead-Self Portrait" (1972)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Late Summer, Early Autumn

Assateague Island seashore, late summer

wild ponies on Assateague Island, possibly descended from survivors
of a long-ago Spanish galleon shipwreck

Assateague marshlands

hiking in the San Francisco Peaks
(the Grand Canyon can be seen in the far distance)

walking in an aspen grove

mountain meadow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!

My favorite time of year...
Poe as imagined by Charles Addams

Monday, March 31, 2014

In honor of March Hares...

The very first film adaptation of Lewis Carrol's Alice, filmed in 1903. From the British Film Institute:

"Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film's original colours for the first time in over 100 years."

Monday, February 24, 2014

for the bees

"He is not worthy of the Honey-comb,
That shuns the Hives because the Bees have stings"

- attributed to William Shakespeare

Warmer weather came early this year, causing an early bee swarming season. Last week, 15,000 worker bees and their queen swarmed, huddled, and started to build comb and make honey under our eaves. They were industrious neighbors, keeping themselves to themselves. Unfortunately, as they were Africanized honey bees (otherwise known as "killer bees") they could not stay. Africanized bees are wonderful pollinators and make fine honey, but they are also known to swarm, and kill animals and people.

Swarms like this one can't be removed and relocated to a beekeeper's hive as they are capricious, and will often abandon a hive as the mood takes them. Our bees had to be killed by a visiting bee man. A sad day.

Friday, January 31, 2014

a good new year

My Christmas and new year were full of family visits, day trips, hiking, and relaxing. I hope your holidays were equally lovely.