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author, translator, graphic designer
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This mosaic is one of four on the upper level of the basilica of San Marco (behind the loggia where the horses reside) flanking the main door to the plaza. From left to right facing the basilica, they depict the Deposition (entombment), the Harrowing, the…
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These are a few of the infusions I’m preparing to be used in a new citrus amaro. I like the different colors. Left to right: Eureka Lemon, Satsuma Orange, Bearss Lime. These are just infusing in vodka, so they will take a little longer than if I were…
Citrus infusions
Citrus infusions
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We are fortunate in the Bay Area to be able to have decent-looking gardens in January. Using native plants as the bones of the garden helps. This January has been a good one, with pretty steady rains but few sustained very strong storms.
The January Garden
The January Garden
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After several years in the garden, the plant is starting to flower. Stay tuned.
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This wasp, which I believe is Prionyx thomae (P. parkeri and P. canadensis are similar), seemed very interested in a flowering sedum. It appeared to be collecting nectar, though conceivably it was just watching for prey. Fairly common in the western U.S.…
Wasp on Sedum
Wasp on Sedum
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Palazzo Trevisan, Murano, Venice

The crumbling Palazzo Trevisan is located on Fondamenta Andrea Navagero, opposite the Museum of Glass, in Murano. Overlook the neglect of its facade–which was once covered with frescoes by Prospero Bresciano–to appreciate what Richard Goy, in Venice: An…
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Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy

Just downstream from the Ponte Vecchio, the Ponte Santa Trinita, the world’s oldest elliptic arch bridge, was constructed from 1567 to 1569 by Bartolomeo Ammannati. The bridge was destroyed during WWII but reconstructed mainly from original materials…
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Many California native plants have been given unloving common names, and Peritoma arborea — best known as Bladderpod — counts among them. More blandly called Californea Cleome, it is notable for its unusual yellow flowers, which bloom year-round, and its…
California Cleome
California Cleome
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This is the pomegranates’ second summer here. They are growing in large containers. I think they were two years old when I purchased them. Now at last they are getting the large red flowers that presage fruit.
Pomegranate Flower
Pomegranate Flower
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One of the prettiest flowers in the garden. It seems to prefer a little more shade than Iochroma coccinea.
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