Soft Palette Distraction

I was hustling to get a run in before nightfall – my usual loop has a couple of kilometers that are uneven farm track, stony and rutted, perfect for the occasional sprained ankle due to inattentiveness. So I run, eyes on the rutted road just a few strides ahead, avoiding the rocks and grooves misplaced…

Read More

Memory Lane

There’s a large-scale project under way to turn back the clock in order to better prepare for the future. In Napa Valley, the non-profit San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) has been working to establish the historical ecology of a region that has seen huge landscape use changes over the past two hundred years. It has…

Read More

Gumdrop Moon

Different cultures have different names for the full moons of the year, and January’s is called anything from Wolf Moon to Snow Moon to Winter Moon to Moon of the Terrible. But the moon that rose over Lake Geneva last night, caught here as we drove across Mont Blanc Bridge, was nothing so fearsome as…

Read More

Memory Theater

I came across images of fallen logs painted with landscapes and images of the woods from which they might have come. Fictional forest history painted on the remnants of real forests, a reminder of life on something no longer living, a singular specimen in its own cabinet of curiosity. Renaissance cabinets of curiosity, those private…

Read More

Polka Dot Architects

When we humans meet another human, we often like to ask what that other human does. We often assume that what someone does is who they are, even if this isn’t necessarily true. Still, in many cultures, what someone does comes to define how they are perceived. Some new satellite images published this week show…

Read More

From the observatory – 2016

The new year is already well under way and I’ve been tardy in sending ChampagneWhisky wishes for a good 2016. The brilliant ‘map’ of the observable universe above, created using NASA images based on astronomical surveys provided by Princeton University, is the work of artist and musician Pablo Carlos Budassi. It makes sense to me…

Read More