Cicada Invasion

Anytime I hear of a cicada invasion (which is surprisingly more than you may think), I grin from ear to ear. I just love the whole idea of it. It's nature doing its thing and in the most surprising way. The Brood 2 cicadas spend 17 years underground before they reveal themselves en masse. They appear, mate, lay eggs, then die. 

Theses cicadas began to emerge last month and have been spotted from Florida all the way to Massachusetts. Their mating ritual is extraordinary. In a quick synopsis- the males gather high in trees on sunlit branches and sing 'choruses' together. The females signal with a 'wing flick' in response to the males of the same species and life cycle. The wing flicks generate a broad frequency sound from a gentle whisper to a loud pop. Males decipher the visual and audio components and respond accordingly to find their match. Fantastic...

In preparation for the cicadas arrival, Anderson Design Group in Nashville created these incredible art prints. Knowing they woud be host to the swarming multitudes, they figured why not celebrate it? I concur. And this is a great keepsake for their short but oh so memorable visit...

 

Prints: Anderson Design Group     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Anderson Design Group

Joel Anderson loves Nashville. All you have to do is check out his art deco series, Spirit of Nashville to know that. A Southerner through and through, Joel and his team of artists at Anderson Design Group celebrate this great American city by showcasing the best of what Nashville has to offer. This includes Swett's, an iconic Southern food joint that, after over 50 years in existence, is now a cultural landmark. 

Joel and his team have designed over 100 images of Nashville. I realized while perusing them, that together these images serve as an essential guidebook of what to see if you happen upon this Tennessee gem in your travels. Reading his description of Arnold's makes me want to go visit now... "Arnold's is one of the best meat and three restaurants in the South. Everything is fresh and made from scratch daily- served with friendly hospitality." 

I like their Knoxville and Franklin images as well. Franklin is near and dear to my heart. I had two hours to spend there about 5 years ago and I fell in love with the town. I've been wanting to go back ever since. This print reminds me to make that happen...

After the great success Joel had with his Nashville series, he and his team in Tennessee have slowly but surely accumulated a large number of iconic images of various states, cities and national parks throughout America. 

Called Art & Soul in America, the series has so many scrumptious prints it's hard to choose a favorite. If you have an empty wall to fill, you've got lots of options.

The best part about Joel's work is you can just feel the strong connection he has to the South. It's in his bones - a love and appreciation that runs deep and translates into stunning works of art. Which is why his images would be such a perfect addition to any home right here in the US of A. See all of Anderson Design Group's work here. 

 

Photos: Anderson Design Group    Content: Sweet Peach