Archive for the ‘wunderkammer’ Category

~mom’s garage: 1980s~

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

A week spent unearthing the past in Mom’s garage. Above, 11th grade prom portrait. Below, the dress, and all that remains of the pointy footwear empire. Warbabies was my first real job, selling WWII German military clothes to punks and David Lee Roth on Melrose Avenue. Plus hand-pegged levis, plaid flannel insets, and other cowpunk essentials. […]


Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

A new buddy from the lacewing family, I believe a Dendroleon pantherinus, or Antlion.

~donk day afternoon~

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Monster Olds Cutlass Supreme, aka Donk. Window sticker reads: “Yours can go fast, but mine can go anywhere.”

~avian evidence~

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

~knock on wood~

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

On the way back down from a midday run, I paused to see if my eyes had played tricks on me as I’d passed the lodge on my way up the valley. But indeed, there in the grass beneath the postbox was a woodpecker, a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. It sounds like a vaudevillian insult, but they aren’t chickenhearted, just burnished […]

~blaschka invertebrates~

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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.

~subterranean river~

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

(Click to expand image) 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 […]

~friday find~

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Some ladies are given roses, others, bald-faced hornet’s nests.

~go ask alice~

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Psychoactive Amanita muscaria in our front yard. Effects include perceived shift in scale (macropsia/micropsia), and it’s thought to have inspired Charles Dodgson’s caterpillar stool in Alice in Wonderland. ~update~ Two days later, our new neighbor has fully opened and changed color.  

~O.G. of the O.C.~

Monday, May 29th, 2017

While making coffee I spied a friend’s neighbors redressing their presidential mannequin–switching it up from Cinco de Mayo’s OG Bad Hombre to whatever this look is meant to evoke. Kindly note the r/w/b pinwheel atop cowboy hat. That took some doing.

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