Friday, November 2, 2012

Fall Leaves

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the crispness of the air, wearing a sweater and walking through the piles of gold, red and yellow leaves.  I delay raking leaves all fall, (not because I'm lazy)  because I enjoy the rich colors.  This print is from a painting by Mary Emily Eaton (1873-1961) a famous English botanical artist whose works are in the permanent collection of the National Geographic Society, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Time for a Summer Holiday

The Golden Plover and Ruddy Turnstone are on the beach.  Why aren't I?  It's mid-July already and I haven't planned my summer vacation.  Fewer people are planning vacations this year.  A rough job market often creates a fear that we might not be missed from the office and really aren't that  important (and so we're replaceable). But for some of us, it's just that we may have lost the ability to relax and get away from our daily routines.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Old Book Smell

The Old Book Smell

Lignin, the stuff that prevents trees from turning into the weeping kinds, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin.  When made into paper and stored for years it breaks down and smells good.  Which is how divine providence has arranged for second-hand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.

From Perfumes:  The Guide    

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Palm Trees for April

Global warming: three weeks ago I was wearing shorts and flip-flops and then the temperature dropped so low that I was back to the dreaded old winter coat and mittens. I am posting these palm trees as a reminder of the warmer weather that will be here....just not yet.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chart of Edible Mushrooms

Brilliantly fresh and sure to inspire the natural scientist or woodland mushroom picker, this print originating from a 1960s issue encyclopedia features thirteen difference species of fungi.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Inventor of the Photobooth

This interesting sepia toned print illustrates the Photomaton photo-booth, picturing the inventor Anatol Josepho demonstrating his creation. He eventually sold his invention for $1 million.

Josepho was the first to bring a photo-booth to market. Instead of film, the camera in his booth utilized a light-sensitive strip of paper. Each picture was unique. Many decades later, the artist Andy Warhol used the photo-booth extensively in his work. In fact, many of his silk screened portraits used photo-booth photos as their source, including his well-known self-portrait that later became a postage stamp.