Eartha Kitt and James Dean photographed taking dancing lessons by Dennis Stock, c. 1955

“He sensed moments in Eartha’s performances when it seemed to him that everything she knew was fused directly into the moment, even things having nothing to do with her performing, he thought translated directly into one energy force-a magic connection.” He says: “Jimmy was convinced that Eartha had ‘special powers’ and knowledge she could deliver to him by some kind of osmosis…”
-John Gilmore



Eartha Kitt and James Dean, out and about

Eartha Kitt. Photographed by Gordon Parks. (1952)


Eartha Kitt by Gordon Parks, New York 1952



Mint And Raspberry Banana Ice Cream

I’ve shared a basic recipe for Banana Ice Cream earlier but I just wanted to share some variations. The measurements are each for 1/2 serving because I had them both for breakfast. But you can easily double the amount and have only one version.

Ingredients for the minty one:
- about 2-3 bananas
- 1/2 a cup fresh mint leaves

Just combine the banana and the mint in the blender and blend until creamy and smooth.

Ingredients for the raspberry version:
- about 2 bananas
- 1/4 - 1/2 a cup of raspberries

It’s just the same as with the mint ice cream, put the ingredients together in a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

Serve and garnish with some mint leaves/ raspberries and enjoy!



Deers crossing Maligne Lake just as the sun cracked over the mountain.




Untitled by HsuanLang on Flickr.


photos by matt smith from the Illawarra coast in new south wales of bluebottles, violet snails and blue dragons. 

despite its resemblance to the jellyfish, the bluebottle is more closely related to coral. known as a zooid, the bluebottle (or portugese man of war) is a colonial animal composed of many highly specialized and physiologically integrated individual organisms incapable of independent survival. 

the blue dragon — a type of nudibranch, here no larger than a thumbnail, with its own potent sting — is able to eat the nematocysts (stinging cells) of the bluebottle without discharging them and internally relocate them to the tips of each one of the fingers you can see in the pictures.

for their part, the violet snails also feed on the bluebottles.

notes matt, “despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle is an amazingly beautiful creature. with strong winds, hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight.”

this allows him to capture the above shots, which he creates with use of a fluorescent tube in his strobe light and a homemade waterproof lens dome.



I’ve been lagging on uploading images and I realized I hadn’t posted photos from my August 15th hike to Lake 22, a research natural area (RNA) near Mt. Pilchuck State Forest. An easy, beautiful hike about an hour outside Seattle.

(Lake 22, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA. 2014)