I'm very excited. I just sent the book for Hermes off to be printed. Bill Vasilopoulos worked with his mom to do the Greek translation so that Hermes will be able to read it. I also ordered an English version as you can see above.
Just came back from my long-anticipated trip to Syros, Greece. What a lovely island! And the farmhouse I stayed at was hosted by the kindest people, Alexia and Lefteris who have 6-year-old boy named Hermes. Hermes reminds me of Gerald Durrell - a born naturalist. He showed me all kinds of geckos and other interesting creatures that he gently caught and released. While I was there I intended to do watercolors but I quickly tired of doing mediocre landscapes and started drawing crazy creatures. The result is the video story above. Below are pictures of the farmhouse and my trip.
As an amazing piece of luck I got to go to NIcaragua for a week to get some footage for a course that is a collaboration between Seattle University and Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). I traveled with two delightful environmental scientists from UCA; Marvin Torrez, who is the Director of the Biological Field Station Juan Roberto Zarruk and an expert in birds; and Gabriel Hipólito Vega, who is an expert in mollusks. We are back in Seattle editing the film now but these are a few pictures of some of the places i got to go. Truly, Nicaragua has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
In all of my ePortfolio work I talk about using the blog as an engine for collecting evidence and tagging that evidence so that during the selection process it is easy to filter. But I never follow my own advice. So as of today (1/15/13) I am going to begin dumping things in here and see if I can train myself to get in the habit of posting something at least once a week.