I wrote about the Gibbon Experience here about a year ago, but I’ve done a more detailed write up at Atlas Obscura for Animal Week (I also redesigned the AO logo with a cat for animal week, which we here in the office are fondly refering to as Catlas Obscura), and finally uploaded the Gibbon Song to the internets. This beautiful sound filled each morning in the Laotian jungle.
Last month Dylan and I spent a glorious four days camping in Olympic National Park. We saw it all – driftwood beaches, rainforests, crystal blue lakes, Victorian lodges, natural hot springs, a handful of the world’s largest trees, mountain tops, and wildlife. The campsites were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever stayed at. It was heaven and I can’t wait to go back one day.
I created this reel opener about 6 months ago to start my current reel, but decided not to use it, as it doesn’t really match my style. However, I decided to share it here, in case you were unclear as to the depths of my obsession with Star Trek, The Next Generation. It is inspired by LCARS (which stands for Library Computer Access/Retrieval System), the computer operating system displays in Star Trek, which, to me, are beautiful.
I just finished up a book trailer for Chris Kresser’s new book, Your Personal Paleo Code. This was my first trailer for a diet book, and for me the highlight was drawing all the little fruits and vegetables at the end. So many colors!
This has been a banner year for travel. Since last September, I’ve visited Finland, Iceland, London, Montreal, Vermont, Woodstock NY, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Greenfield MA, Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire, Maine…and this last month alone, the Catskills, the Delaware Water Gap, and Olympic National Park in Washington (more on that soon). Wow.
I just got around to organizing my photos from my weekend in the Catskills, and after that, a weekend canoeing the Delaware Water Gap. Please allow me to share them with you! Natures!
First up, the Catskills, where our friend rented a house for her birthday weekend. We made new friends, played pool, swam in a swimming hole, and soaked in a hot tub on the deck while watching a thunderstorm roll in.
We took walks boldy, right in the middle of sleepy country roads.
We found a swing near a creek, which we called a crick.
We discovered a waterfall, and were surrounded by loud thunderclaps, but no rain.
We drove to a swimming hole, with water so blue, and so so cold.
Pretty picturesque, like a scene out of a movie.
Mist in the trees made the woods look like a painting.
The following weekend we rented a car with two of our friends and headed out to Pennsylvania to canoe and camp along the Delaware River Gap.
We canoed off the main river to pull over for lunch. It was too shallow to canoe here so there was a lot of wading and canoe-pulling.
You are free to pull over anywhere you like along the river for a swim or a hot rock sunbathe. We did both here.
Campsites dot the riverside. You see one you like, you simply canoe on over and claim it for the night. Look at this spot we got! The cicadas at night were deafening.
I mean, look at it!
We made ourselves right at home.
After much chopping and sawing of dead wood, we started on our elaborate dinner. This is me chopping lettuce.
And this is Katie, warming torillas for our tacos, hours later. They were worth the wait.
I have a feeling this is the beginning of a new summer tradition.
I’ve been creating a daily “Curious Fact” infographic over at Atlas Obscura for months now, and today marks the 200th fact! I can’t believe I’ve made 200 of these. To celebrate this nice round number of facts, we launched a new page where you can see the whole collection in one go. Take a look at my 200 (and counting) little labors of love! (You can now share the fact of the day, which is located near the footer of Atlas Obscura.) And here is a short article about what goes into making them.
And yes, I did design myself into the 200th Curious Fact. I realize how self-indulgent that seems, but I’m always so willing to pose for me!
Last year, Atlas Obscura hosted 6 events all over the US to celebrate Field Trip, a great app from Google (of which Atlas Obscura is a proud publishing partner). I completely forgot to share this video that I edited, recapping the day from coast to coast.
I had a blast working on it all – I’m always delighted to get away from the computer for a few hours. Reserve tickets here: Field Trip Day, explore Red Hook, and be prepared for lots of surprises. Hope to see you there!
My photo tour of seven astonishing places in London just went live over at Atlas Obscura. A few of my favorites are posted here, but head over to the Atlas to see the full post!
I thought I’d share some screenshots of a few projects I’m working right now. I should have a handful of new work coming out in the next few months! I CAN’T WAIT!
This is from a book trailer I’m working on about neurology. I couldn’t be more delighted to be animating BRAINS!