Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.

6-min video: Lost & Found in Japan (YouTube/BBC). The “societal eye” (hitono-me) at work. Also, read the comments.

article: “Love and Longing in the Seaweed Album” by Sasha Archibald (The Public Domain Review). “Nineteenth-century seaweed albums have a baked-in melancholy. Despite the best intentions, they do not flatter seaweed.” Almost every sentence is a joy to read, every photo or drawing a thing of strange beauty. About famous seaweed lover and balloonist Charles Ferson Durant, “not a British woman but an American man,” who lived from 1805 to 1873, he “seemed to assume, like many educated men of his era, that no aspect of the mechanical, physical, or natural world was beyond his ken.”

photos: Hourly fox on Twitter. Yep, a fox photo an hour. Started on 28 Feb and ongoing as of 20 March.

diary entries: “Sixteen Days in Ukraine: The first generation born after Ukraine won independence documents the beginning of the Russian invasion.” (Intelligencer). Brief diary entries by people in their 20s. A story of a fostered rat. Friends and strangers act in surprising ways. Time feels wrong, contorted. Decision-making: stay or leave, what to bring, who to trust. The cycling mixture of panic, numbness, hope, anger, grief, selfishness, shallowness, relief, guilt, pleasure, gratitude. 

10-min. video: 35 or so deep-sea animals locomoting in the ocean (YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), filmed by remotely operated vehicles and labelled with name, size, and depth. (Excellent use of video chapters, too.)

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