I'll get it out of my system with this last blog post about the north country and then i'll come up with another topic. :-)
Cacti do live up here! It's like a little bit of the southwest way up north. These ones are cozy amongst the caribou moss (a lichen).
I suppose it is obvious from my photos, but i spent a lot of time canoeing. Bodies of water are few and far between in New Mexico, not to mention just a completely different setting. And my fishermen have been getting in a lot of fishing.
I took some books up to the lake with me. I reread Kimberley Adams's The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking, and realized how well it presents the craft to a student of lampworking. If i do more teaching, i'll try to use some of her explanations. I pored over Glass Beads Masters (Major Works By Leading Artists) and found all sorts of inspiration. I can't wait to get back to my torch!
For bedtime reading i had Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott. I really enjoyed it and will look for her other books. She wrote this one with a very unique voice, kind of original turns of phrases, or something. And i reread Michael Ondaatje's Divisadero. It took me several chapters before i realized that i'd read it before, but it's good and i couldn't remember how it ended, so i had to keep reading anyways.