~first bear sighting~

June 28th, 2017

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most auspicious!

~happy returns~

June 23rd, 2017

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There was a rumbly grey sunrise, festive snacks, gardening, a run in thick humidity, many phone calls, an afternoon walk to greet deer and gather wildflowers, pizza, rioja, tiramisu, rain, new moon, fireflies.

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~blaschka invertebrates~

June 21st, 2017

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Made in Dresden by father and son between 1863 and 1880, and sold globally via mail order, these sea critters were initially made from the Blaschka’s own illustrations (and later, from life). These particular specimen are at Harvard, and inspired the institution to commission their collection of glass flowers.

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~boneyards of boston~

June 20th, 2017

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Stones from the numerous cemeteries of Boston and Cambridge.
Panorama below is of North End’s Copp’s Hill. Click to expand image.

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~frickin’ flâneurin’~

June 19th, 2017

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Found along a two-day, tweleve-mile walking tour of Boston and Cambridge.

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~happy returns of the day~

June 17th, 2017

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Vintage car window decal score from Woodstock flea.
Sometimes it still feels like image above, but sometimes it’s just like below.

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~stone free library~

June 16th, 2017

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~subterranean river~

June 10th, 2017

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Ashokan Reservoir, first stop of the The Catskill Aqueduct, built 1917-1924 and supplying 40% of NYC’s water. Whole towns were drowned in its construction (read about that here), and temporary towns were made to house those who built it. Some of the bluestone pulled from the quarry of this reservoir was used in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. From the 1909 press release in Harper’s:

Subterranean river! The mere name has always held a mysterious and romantic fascination. A reversed subterranean river is what the Board of Water Supply is creating. Instead of beginning with tiny streams in dark fissures of the rock or some surface rivulets which sink out of sight, this river will start at its large end from the Ashokan reservoir, an extensive artificial lake, and flow for scores of miles without change of volume, coming to the light only in the beautiful Kensico Lake and Hill View reservoir’s huge bowl, whence it will ramify through the hundreds of miles of tunnels and pipes beneath the city streets, issuing finally through faucets and hydrants in thousands of jets to serve those who have bidden it flow thus in constraint. 

~binolux~

June 10th, 2017

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Saturday spent exploring the new landscape, Binolux in hand, seeking what we might find, such as this abandoned estate. A quick internet search brought up nada, except that Estelina (French, Portuguese) means of the stars. Meanwhile, Binolux means style.

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~plastic squirrel~

June 9th, 2017

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