1. of, pertaining to, or resembling wine or grapes.
2. of the colour of red wine.
Etymology: from Late Latin vīnāceus, from Latin vīnum, “wine”.
Finding a male Monarch butterfly alighting on some milkweed was the highlight of a recent trip to a conservation area for sure - monarch populations have declined 90% in the past 20 years because milkweed is the sole host plant for their caterpillars.
More importantly, taking pictures of this guy (there were several others around as well but none quite as patient as him) taught me an important lesson in editing. Because I was using my 50mm fixed lense since my telephoto lense is pure and utter garbage I knew I couldn’t crop too close or the noise and blur would really distract from the picture. However, too far away and the focus (the butterfly) was lost or drowned out. I decided to settle on the middle ground of including milkweed in the picture.
Second thought on editing: it scares me. I’m not proficient with Lightroom - I can set clarity, and bring highlights and shadows to where I want them. I can adjust white balance. But when to use black and white? Does it add anything to the picture? Vignetting - am I using it too much? These are the questions that cause me anxiety whenever I open Lightroom. As I improve hopefully my skills in editing will improve too. Thanks for all of your support as I grow as a photographer!
Photos by Erin
I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born.Emily Carr
Tibetan Monks living in exile in India flew to Ferguson to show support for Mike Brown and community.
Reconstruction of 2nd–1st century BC Celtic home. Havranok, Slovakia .
Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.
Ode To The Dandelion
University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion
National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops
Shay Aaron's Amazing Miniature Food SculpturesShay Aaron creates delicious looking, incredibly small, and extremely photo realistic sculptures of all your favorite food items from a delicious stack of cupcakes to the most tasty BBQ favorites. The only shortcoming of the work is that I’d have to eat at least 100,000 pieces by her to justify it even as an afternoon snack.
Make your house smell like fall:
1 sliced apple
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced orange
5 cups water …
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon stick (or 2 whole cloves)
Turn the crockpot on, the aroma is amazing
wat rings u got bitch?
Thus the myth of the knight lumbering around like Frankenstein is busted
This myth bugs me to no end, so let me clear it up here and now:
A made-to-measure suit of full plate armour is (and ergo was) less cumbersome to wear than, say, an ill-fitting all-weather coat. It was expensive as heck, but the movement it afforded was surprisingly non-restrictive. Also remember that the men who wore these suits were usually quite physically fit (medieval knights - who were among the few who could afford the armour - were trained to fight from around 6 years-old), and were accustomed to training while wearing them.
Plate armour was moderately heavy, granted, but the weight was optimally distributed over the body, meaning the mostly costly aspect of wearing it was increased fatigue. It’s not heavy in the same way a hiking backpack is heavy. Any accounts of a knight being unable to rise after being knocked down were most likely because he was injured, dehydrated, or just plain exhausted - all of which being common in battle anyway. Regardless, it’s unlikely that it’s because his armour prevented him from moving… and the fallacy of knights requiring cranes to get onto their horses is just stupid.
The idea that full plate was sooo impractical is ludicrous; if it were, people wouldn’t have bothered with it.
"But plate armor is increadibly heavyyyy! Only giant musclemen can even move in iiiit! It’s completely useless against agile unarmored foooooes! Women can’t even put it oooon, its sole weight will nail them in one placeeee!"
If it’s not “the distraction factor" that people use to try to justify ridiculous female armor, it’s "agility".
We’ve featured another video that dispelled many myths about field plate armor, but the performers weren’t as agile as the noble knight above.
Partially this myth survives I think because like Dungeons and Dragons always insist on selling up the idea that heavier armors come with heavier agility penalties. And to a certain extent, there are certain activities I wouldn’t expect to be able to do while wearing plate armor.
- Rock climbing without tools or ropes
- High diving and synchronized swimming
- Aerial gymnastics
- Dancing en pointe
Okay I don’t do any of those things but you get the point.
Practical armor is made to allow at least a fair amount of agility for it’s wearer for a simple reason: The best defense is not to be in the way of the attack, that way you don’t suffer any of the impact.
Or to put it a simpler way: Lots of safety gear is uncomfortable and encumbering, but was the last time you heard someone propose that workers should just go without - that way if there’s an accident they’ll be able to get out of the way quicker?