Things I'm liking this week!
1. Urban flora! The first picture is some bromeliads (swoon) from the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago, so I guess it's technically not regular city flowers, but they're beautiful anyway. And the second pic is some gorgeous blooming yucca I spotted here in OKC while out at lunch the other day. You'd never guess it but these are in a tiny corner of dirt in the middle of a whole row of businesses and very busy streets and concrete. What fabulous flowers! I love yuccas, they're the state flower of NM and of course I even did a quilt on them, and it was so fun to see them!
2. I love illuminated manuscripts! This may be a no brainer for anyone who's been following my liturgical quilt series, but its rare that I get to see them in person. This Italian choir book from ~1270 (by Jacobellus of Salerno) was on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, and it was fabulous.
3. I love the history of science and medicine. While in Chicago we visited the Surgical History museum, which was quite interesting. I think my favorite thing though was reading about this book. Sadly the picture I took of the tag saying who wrote it and when was so out of focus I can't tell you that, but I remember reading a funny story that went with it. Medical illustrators were quite important in the early modern and enlightenment period when accurate illustrations were the only way to share things like anatomical information (i.e. there were no photographs or anything). This book was a collaboration between a famous anatomist and a talented medical illustrator. Evidently, the illustrator didn't want to do just medical illustrations so he putting really strange non medical things in the background of his pictures (see the rhino here!!). Apparently there was a lot of pushback from stuffy people who thought that was ridiculous but he and his anatomist were like too bad for you guys because our anatomy illustrations are the best so you have to just deal with whatever we put in the background (obviously not in those words). I thought it was pretty funny and quite nifty!
4. I like mosaics! In addition to the ones in the Chicago cultural center which I shared last week, I saw several more while there, including this one which was one of about 5 outside a shop in downtown.
5. I love getting out my fall decorations. It's always fun to pull them out; I like having a sign that fall is coming other than my steadily worsening allergies. These are a few I put up at work; some paper bunting I made a few years ago, two tiny mini quilts and a piece of wool embroidery. The weather is actually hotter this week than it has been the last couple, but that's ok, in my brain, fall is near!
I hope everyone is having a good week and thanks to LeeAnna for linking us up!