Saturday, August 17, 2013

why I love this country

I love plants.  I've always considered myself as a bringer of doom as far as plant life goes, but here in Costa Rica I am a green fingered goddess.  As long as I give things room to grow and leave them outside (and occasionally dump some coffee grounds or compost on them), then they flourish beautifully!  The juxtaposition of plant growth in Seattle compared with plant growth here is simply bizarre and leads me to wonder if this place really is magical.  Probably not, but what if...

Everywhere you go, there is greenery, and it rises up brightly like a song to the gods (too tacky? haha). However, one of my favorite green places is a botanical garden in the central valley, which I believe is owned and run by the biology department of the University of Costa Rica.  It has an entire room full of orchids, some of which you have to use a magnifying glass to properly view.  That's right, tiny anatomically perfect orchids exist, and they are no less beautiful than your average-sized orchid.  Below are some pictures I took the last time I was there.

This is one of those tiny orchids I was referring to; it was the size of the tip of my pinkie finger.  It was the smallest one I could get with my current lense, but there was a little area with tinier orchids and a magnifying class for viewing pleasure.  I wouldn't even have noticed them, if it weren't for my husband's uncle pointing them out (a botanist of sorts).

 water lilies!

 Another orchid, this one with a very interesting mechanism for pollination.  An insect lands on a petal, slides down into the "bowl" and then has to crawl back up, thus dragging pollen up with it.

This was some very thick bamboo. 

I found these beauties off to the side of the cactus garden!  I have no idea what they are, but they reminded me so much of pretty little lanterns. 

NOW do you understand why I love this place?!  The plant life is revitalizing!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

romancing synth

I tried my hand at mixing some beats and synth on FL Studio, then added some vocals on the usual program (I use Sonar, though its been giving me a lot of shit lately) and this is what I got.  I realize that I have a long way to go in making decent electronic music, but hey, a girls got to start somewhere, right?  My question is, how do people use synths and actually make them sound cool?  I use synths and they sound like they should be accompanying some tacky car commercial from the 80's.  Anyway, fruity loops (oh ahem, right, the name was changed to something less flamboyant, which I by the way resent) is a great program.  Its a little pricey I suppose, but fairly easy to use, especially if you are a visual person.  The sound banks are incredible too.  Anyway, give it a listen :-)