BOOK STAND founder Claire Cottrell transports us to Berlin for a 3 day installation of art books about the natural world, including BOOK CLUB No. 2 – an afternoon celebrating the high art of self-published printed matter and alternative shopping situations, a candlelight reading by Los Angeles-based photographer, Jordan Sullivan, a viola performance by Berlin-based Doreen Ooi, photography from The Summer Print Shop, a collection of prints about the natural world in a specific color palette.
The top of the Duomo, at the heart of the city of Milan is a vast and intricate exoskeleton of carved marble.
This beautiful glass dome covers a large, open air mall, called the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Elaborate tile work covers the floors of the Galleria.
The Brera Art Galleries
Viewing Lake Como by ferry
The mountains near Menaggio
A villa in Bellano
A church sits aloft on a cliff high above Menaggio
A view of Lake Como from Bellano
Cannes, as seen from a walking path in Le Cannet
Mushrooms from the huge Marché in Cannes
Driving along the Route Napoléon towards the Verdon Gorge
A massive rift in the land in the Verdon Gorge
Geology! At the Verdon Gorge
The Verdon Gorge
A view of Notre-Dame du Roc (Our Lady of the Rock) from the outskirts of Castellane.
Looking back at Notre-Dame du Roc
A sculpture by Tom Shannon in the incredible collection of site-specific sculptures at the Chateau La Coste
We travelled to the Lot Valley to see the prehistoric cave paintings at Pech Merle, an experience that was powerful beyond words. They do not allow photos inside the cave. The cliffs of Cabrerets, the village nearest to the caves, are lined with the ruins of a medieval castle.
The Castle at Saint Cirq Lapopie in the Lot Valley
Saint Cirq Lapopie
The banks of the Lot River
A castle on a farm in Saint Cirq Lapopie
Saint Cirq Lapopie
Sunset in the Lot Valley
INDIA– I was at Amritapuri [the ashram and birthplace of Amma, a spiritual leader, humanitarian and guru] in Kollum Kerala India for 3 nights when my friend Diana (Khalsa Kaur) showed up somewhat unexpectedly to Amma’s ashram. I knew she was in India and that we might join up somewhere at some point but had no idea yet how we’d find one another.
To Increase Fertility, 2013 apple, apple blossoms, basil, cucumber, ginger, hazel, moss, jasmine, lemon, lime, myrtle, orange, pomegranate, poppy, red clover, raspberry, strawberry Archival Pigment Print, 31.5" x 56"
clamp lights galore
Invisibility, 2013 almonds, dill, fern, myrrh, marjoram, poppy, slippery elm Archival Pigment Print, 16" x 24"
prepping the material from the morning flower market haul
To See Spirits, 2013 pepper, saffron, vervain Archival Pigment Print, 24" x 24"
the materials for For a Woman to Attract a Man She Desires
For a Woman to Attract a Man She Desires, 2013 apple blossoms, geranium, jasmine, rose, rosemary,vanilla pods, vervain Archival Pigment Print, 28" x 42"
For a Man to Attract a Woman He Desires, 2013 bay berry, bay leaves, black snakeroot, cinnamon, geranium, ginger, rose, vervain Archival Pigment Print, 32" x 32"
fern options for Invisibility
For Confidence in Social Situations, 2013 cedar, lavender, nutmeg Archival Pigment Print, 16" x 24"
Elizabeth working on the arrangement for For a Woman to Attract a Man She Desires
For Protection from Evil, 2013 acacia, apple blossom, marigold, pennyroyal, rue, sage, thyme, violet Archival Pigment Print, 32" x 48"
props waiting on the sidelines
To Break a Spell You've Cast, 2013 angelica, rosemary, white candles, pearls Archival Pigment Print, 30" x 40”
testing a lighting option for Invisibility
For Safety in Travel, 2013 apple, cedar, cinnamon, holly, garlic Archival Pigment Print, 20.25" x 36"
a mask in the image file for To See Spirits
To Draw Money, 2013 acorns, bayberry, cinnamon, cinquefoil, coins (old or foreign), a horseshoe, lavender, parsley, skullcap, shamrock, thyme, tulip Archival Pigment Print, 30" x 40"
All slideshow images by Krysta Jabczenski
Melina Meza is one of our favorite yoga all-stars. With a BA in Nutrition from Bastyr University, she’s also a certified Ayurveda Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda who’s been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa.
Antelope Valley, CA– I had to leave New York for a second so I went to California.
Hills draped with a bright orange carpet of flowers laced with purple and yellow. Thin dirt trail necklaces. A preserve for escholtiza californica. Golden poppies.
What an elegant undertaking. The California Poppy Reserve. Parks for wildlife. Preserves for wildflowers? A gesture of confidence. Of pride. Unknown even to locals
Landers, CA– 20 miles North of Joshua Tree National Park, atop a concentrated magnetic field- rises an acoustically perfect wooden structure based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle and the writings of Nikola Tesla.
The Integratron, a mystical, extra-terrestrial looking white dome was born from an intergalactic exchange. Venusians, specifically. During a silent night, under a full moon of August of 1953- desert dweller, aeronautical engineer and meditator George Van Tassel claims to have been woken up by a flying saucer.