The Dig

{The Dig} Let’s Go Camping

by Kate on August 31, 2012

Well, it’s here: the unofficial end of summer! Usually by this time, I’m already dreaming of falling leaves, mulled cider, knitting projects, and roasted root vegetables. We’re going to be diving head first into new fall projects soon, including our second online-only holiday gift guide, so I know there’s a lot to look forward to. But for now, I want to savor every remaining minute of summer. My fiance and I are heading to Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur, and I was inspired to share a few images I dug up to celebrate the fun of camping in summer—or any season, really. Nothing says summer to me quite like a pitched tent, a pot on the fire, and a blanket of stars overhead. Whatever your plans are for Labor Day, I hope you have a wonderful celebration, and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

{Images above, from top: “Camping In Maine” via Flickr; beach cookout from Donna Hay’s cookbook Seasons; “Camping Under a Starry Sky” via Flickr}


{The Dig} Technicolor Bay

by Kate on June 29, 2012

Whenever summer rolls around, I get the urge to explore. I start dreaming up trips to far away places, like Alexis and her island hops, or of trips back east to the woods of Maine or the Cape Cod coasts to rediscover the adventures I had in my youth. Oddly enough, I never think to explore locally, which is a shame, since clearly there are some amazing and exotic landscapes right outside my door. Take these technicolor salt ponds in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay. How could I have lived here for 12 years and not have seen these? Actually I know the answer: I stopped choosing window seats on planes … big mistake.

The crayola-like colors are caused by microorganisms reacting the varied salinity levels. Algae populate lower salinity ponds, turning them bright lime green, while brine shrimp and bacteria prefer the higher salinity ponds, staining the water these vivid shades of red and orange. It’s a truly remarkable sight, and one best viewed from above, but you can see this marvel up close if you visit the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge near Berkeley, which allows public access to a crimson-hued salt pond. If you find yourself with no travel plans but an urge to explore, you might want to head into your own local landscapes—who knows what wonders might await? Have a great weekend, everyone!

{Images above, from top: AP Donovan and Jerry Ting, found via Environmental Graffiti}


{The Dig} Picasso’s Abode

by Kate on March 2, 2012

Every creative person has a different style: organized, minimal, precise, messy, impulsive, excessive. It’s wonderful to see such variation in the methods of artists we know and love. I’m about to move into a new studio myself, and it’s caused me to step back and consider what my own working style is, versus what I might want it to be. I dream of working in a controlled, uncluttered way—but in truth I’m far too much of a chaotic pack rat for that kind of thing.

As these images of Picasso’s studio and home will show, sometimes there’s comfort and beauty in the mess, and the craziness. We tend to seek out a bit of clutter in the homes we shoot—not too much, of course—because often it has its own wonderful story to tell that perhaps a clean surface would be lacking. In the end, everyone has a way of crafting their own environment that works for them, spotless or not. I hope you have a highly enjoyable weekend, everyone—whether you spend your free time cleaning up a mess, or making one, or both!

{Images via The Autobiographical House}


{The Dig} Fireflies at Night

by Kate on February 24, 2012

Hooray for Friday! It’s been a whirlwind week; full of photo shoots, craft projects, writing frenzies, and planning sessions. It will be nice to have a couple days for catching up on reading and enjoying the utterly gorgeous weather. It’s been so warm and sunny lately that my mind can’t help but conjure images of lazy summer days and nature in full bloom. These time lapse photographs by Tsuneaki Hiramatsu of fireflies at night are so evocative of a particular kind of atmosphere, when the air is warm, and full of magic and movement even after the sun has gone down. I would love to have a giant print of this on my wall, like a window looking out into an eternal summer. Have a great weekend, everyone!

{All images by Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, found via But Does It Float}


{The Dig} Colors & Shapes

by Kate on February 10, 2012

anthology magazine the dig colorful bouncy balls

We’ve just wrapped up a huge week of planning and brainstorming for future issues (yay!), and I’ve been eagerly devouring inspiration for upcoming projects wherever I can find it. When I came across this photograph, I was immediately struck by its incredible beauty, and honestly I’ve been staring at it ever since. Who knew there was such visual delight to be had in a mass of bouncy balls? I hope you enjoy this image as much as I do, and that this heavy dose of glowing, cosmic color sparks your creativity as you head into the weekend. See you on Monday, everyone!

{Photograph by Doug Wheller, via Pinterest}