Am bummed that we couldn't see Occult Academy because Mike brought the wrong episode, but I'm really starting to like Gosick (what a name). I had a nice conversation with both Mike (our club pres), and Mary (the only other woman at anime club), which was both nice in and of itself and something of a confidence booster.
Summaries of the aforementioned anime:
- In Katanagatari, the shogun's strategist (can't recall the precise time period) searches out the heir to the swordless school of swordfighting to help her seek out the lost Deviant Blades of master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki, but all is not as it seems. Beautiful computer-enhanced animation that's NOT 3-D, but has a bit of a paper cut-out effect.
- Occult Academy is about an academy of the occult run by its deceased headmaster's daughter, a tsundere who is trying to stop doomsday with a time-traveling twerp. It's really silly, really nicely animated (Studio Bones, I think), and I've gotten very fond indeed of the cast, even Bunmei, the aforementioned time-traveling twerp.
- Gosick takes place in 1924 at a boarding school in the made-up European country of Sauville, in which a young Japanese exchange student whose classmates think he's the grim reaper or something meets the "Golden Fairy of the Library", a young girl locked on the top floor who is basically Sherlock Holmes. I didn't think I'd like this, but it's turning out to be enjoyable, and I quite like its art nouveau sensibilities.
At Willowbrook Nature Center, I took some photos of the critters in care.( Read more... )
It might frost tonight (booooooo!), so I went out back to get a sample or two off our crabapple tree and get them in water so I would have something to draw tomorrow.
This is the sample I was trying to get:
This is the sample I actually ended up with:
Um. Oops. My mom was very understanding under the circumstances. It looked like the core of the branch was rotten, which explains why the whole thing snapped off when I went for the smaller twig.
A twig I plucked off a serviceberry bush outside the place we ate dinner last night. Still not 100 percent sure whether it's Allegheny serviceberry or downy serviceberry; the leaves are furry (or "densely pubescent" as the guidebook puts it) as downy serviceberry is described, whereas Allegheny serviceberry is supposed to have smooth leaves. On the other hand, they're very young leaves, and I don't know what stages Allegheny serviceberry leaves might go through on the way to being smooth.
Serviceberry Blooms by ~erin-c-1978 on deviantART
I'm glad I drew this last night, because today the flowers are almost all open (some were noticably more open than they started by the time I finished the drawing), and I couldn't have gotten the same effect.
I'd had another serviceberry drawing finished, or so I thought, but it's in the shop for repairs.
Now that it's migratory season I've been seeing these little guys almost every time I walk in the woods, and they're surprisingly willing to come in for a closer look given that they're not seed-eaters and hence unbribable, but they never poof their crowns out at me like this.