Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.
museum: ORAU Museum of Radiation and Radioactivity (Oak Ridge Associated Universities/Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education). Maybe it’s because one of the family summer trips (c. 1970s) I remember most included a very educational stop at the Oak Ridge nuclear facility (?) in Tennessee, but I’ve always been interested in fission, fusion, uranium, half-lives, isotopes, and all things nuclear/atomic. Here you can browse museum holdings for Nuclear Accidents & Incidents; Atomic Toys; Atomic Brand Names; Lichtenberg Figures, Glass and Gemstones; Nuclear Slide Rules; Health Physics Posters; Nuclear Medicine; Radioactive Quack Cures; a history of the Shoe-Fitting Fluoroscope; and more!
essay with photos: Merchandizing the Void (Kelly Pendergrast/Dilettante Army) . “Writing about a Kardashian interior already feels like writing about the void. It’s there but it’s not. When I think of them I think of blank spaces. Foyers. Rooms without furniture, or rooms with furniture that doesn’t look like furniture. It feels like all I can do is list attributes. Cream. Bouclé. Marble. … But I want to get to the bottom of the pantry, the specific primal architecture of that gridded room, a columbarium for canned goods.” Quite a philosophical article briefly exploring many threads of modern culture.
photo essays: The Plants of Oudolf Field (Jared Barnes/Plant•ed/Meristem), with luscious photos and plant IDs. Earlier, Barnes published A Morning at Oudolf Field, highlighting the design elements of Piet Oudolf’s 1.5-acre garden at Durslade Farm in Somerset, UK. (I know shinrin-yoku is “forest bathing”; what’s the comparable word for “garden bathing”? … Google says “There’s a Japanese expression niwa-yoku which describes the process of learning to be present with nature in our gardens, or ‘garden bathing'” … Probably we don’t receive the same benefit from basking in these photos as we do physically being in a garden, but for me they are both calming and stimulating, very meditative.)
another essay with photos: As Dusk Descends (Dig Delve). More garden basking, this time among mostly blues and purples (salvia, eryngium, veronicastrum, et al) )of an evening.