I attended this conference in Amsterdam this summer! And while the organizers did say the conference was for everybody, not just scholarly, I’m convinced that their “everybody” and my “everybody” is totally different. However, I am very glad I went.
I did learn a few things at this conference, nothing new about Maria Merian, however.
I learned more about the dangers in the rain forests of the world through an entertaining, though very serious, presentation by Redmond O’Hanlon who has actually trekked through rain forests throughout the world.
I learned that university professors apparently view things through a very narrow focus, so that if that focus was from a different field, they do not have that knowledge. Some of the questions asked clearly showed this.
I discovered that while their research was quite narrow, mine was very broad, encompassing everything I could find.
And finally, I reached the conclusion that based on the many years I have researched this amazing woman…I am an EXPERT on Maria Sybilla Merian!
I was flat out amazed at how many buildings were built in the 1600s and are still there and still being used. Their use today may be different than in times past, but they are still in use.
This building, for instance, is now a royal palace. When Maria Sybilla Merian lived in Amsterdam it was the City Hall! Very impressive.
Lighthouse by the sea
I decided to add a touch of blue to suggest the ocean. Then finished it as a pendant.
I had hoped to find a few more shells suggesting pictures in the arrangement of colors and or patterns, but that did not happen on this trip to Fernandina Beach. Maybe next time.
While I’ve been geocaching for years both all over the US and in other countries, I have just recently discovered earchcaching. An earthcache is a natural geologic formation, so nothing is hidden at these sites. Instead, to get credit for finding one of these, you must answer some questions about it. I have now reached the Bronze level in finding earthcaches, which means I have found a total of three, but found in at least two states. A mere neophyte!
Small spring babbling its way out of the cave.
Cave at Sequiota Park, Springfield, MO.
The tallest sand dune in Florida is on an island.
Priyaa Indian Cuisine at 1910 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO. If you like Indian food, this is a MUST. I ordered Masala Dosa with no idea of what it was. The waitress’ comment was “Wow!” My reaction was uh oh, what’s wrong? Nothing wrong, it was just the most authentic Indian dish ordered at our table and it surprised her! It was absolutely scrumptious!
Masala Dosa — Nearly three times longer than the plate!
Sweetart at 2203 South 39th Street is a great place to stop and spend awhile. It is a cafe, bakeshop, and art studio. cbabibayoc is the artist whose work is displayed on the walls. And 8×10 prints of his work are also for sale. Once discovered, you will want to go back! (www.cbabibayoc.com) (www.sweetartstl.com)
Vegan food and great art.
I really like this painting in the cafe.
Paintings to enjoy while eating.