Month: June, 2013

golden brown


the view from our balcony in the alps. last night the clouds disappeared and it was probably the most lovely, starriest sky i have ever seen.

we went to a glacial stream the other day and saw some caddis fly cases in a rock pool there. the small grey cases reminded me of how amazing these insects are – creating a shell around their still developing bodies by using materials found around them. the artist hubert duprat experimented with putting the larvae into a tank containing gems and precious metals. this picture shows the results of this beautiful experiment. nature is magical.



a book is made from a tree. it is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. one glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.

carl sagan