A Russian woman protects her cat from the cold near the center of fighting on the Eastern Front at Vitebsk, winter of 1943-44
Kesh Angels (motorbike girl gangs in Morocco) by Hassan Hajjaj, 2000-2010
"In 1533, hundreds of dragons were reported to darken the skies over Bohemia, following a 1506 sighting of a blinding bright comet slicing over the sky. Were these foreboding occurrences signs of the apocalypse, or just a lot of Renaissance hearsay? In the 16th century a diligent scribe and artist chronicled these and other portents of woe in a book that was only rediscovered a few years ago" — Allison Meier describing The Book Of Miracles, c. 1550
(via Blue Crow Cafe)
Sénanque Abbey is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in France. It was founded in 1148.
The monks who live at Sénanque now grow lavender and tend honey bees for their livelihood.
It is possible for individuals to arrange to stay at the abbey for spiritual retreat.
The smell of lavender heated by the sun, a faint whisper of bees, I could sleep here forever.
Shipwrecks in Cornwall photographed by the Gibson family, 1874-1997
This weekend I saw a complete 1603 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius in the Connecting Seas exhibit at the Getty Museum. I never thought I’d see one in person. The editions after 1589 contain this lovely map of the Pacific Ocean, including an imaginary continent of Terra Australis (Australia was not seen by Europeans until 1606).
The first typewriter, called a skrivekugle (writing ball), invented by Rasmus Malling-Hansen, 1865
Nietzsche bought one and wrote a poem about it
The Writing Ball is a thing just like me: of iron
And yet easy to twist, especially on journeys.
Patience and tact one must richly possess
And fine little fingers to use us.