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Dan Vera
wondermachine, poet, writer, knitter.
Interests: knitting, gardening, art, sketching, skipping, cooking, movies, writing, politics, poetry
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Well this about covers it. Elizabeth Warren nails it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Wondermachine
Sounds like a fabulous meal. Hope you were on to good multiple cocktails by the times Bachshit crazy came on.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2011 on Anniversary Blackout at CertainSeason
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Today's post is about the work of a great sculptor, Louis St. Gaudens. He was the younger brother of Augustus Saint Gaudens, perhaps the most famous sculptor of the 19th century. You will note the difference in spelling of their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at LovingDC
Beautiful detail work on the sculptural entrance of a church in Logan Circle. I love the amount of detail. Acanthus leaves and rose. Just lovely. The sad thing to note here is that small shadow of leaves at the top... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at LovingDC
Here's a nice detail shot of one of the original columns that supported the Congress building. The original building was clad in the local Aquia sandstone (the oldest part of the old Patent Office Building -- now the Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at LovingDC
A beautiful piece of old stained glass from Union Memorial AME Church in Dupont Circle. This church is going through great renovations to its roof and was recently listed on a National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of endangered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at LovingDC
This is a sweet bit of carving in Dupont Circle. It's a post on top of a staircase of a brownstone right next to my favorite coffee house. Unlike a lot of other figurative carving in the city, this little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at LovingDC
This is a remarkable brass or bronze design of serpents on the side of the Masonic Temple designed by John Russell Pope on Sixteenth Street. It's a remarkably intricate bit of design work that extends to the inside of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at LovingDC
Today's we have an example of an acroterion. And a lovely example indeed. This is on top of the pediment at the National Archives. The sculptures on this building were designed by on man, perhaps the last great American architect,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at LovingDC
Beautiful detail on the Alexander Macomb burial site at Congressional Cemetery. Macomb was one of the first military heroes of the young nation and reached the level of Commanding General of the American army. He was one of the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at LovingDC
In the city we miss so much by not looking up. Take this beautiful sandstone lion over Massachusetts Avenue. This was taken in late afternoon with that beautiful pink light that Washington is known for and which we relish when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at LovingDC
A beautiful architectural sculpture over the entrance to the Sofitel hotel on 15th street. The winged feet make me think it's Mercury (Hermes). Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at LovingDC
A nice bit of architectural sculpture with Middle-Eastern elements, south of Dupont Circle. Love that the birds have built a nest. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at LovingDC
Detail from the Cuban-American Friendship Urn, which was made from a marble column salvaged from the monument to the "Sinking of the Maine" in Havana, Cuba. The sculpture itself appears in good shape and is a great example of art-deco... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at LovingDC
Architectural detail on the old Holy Names College (now Howard Divinity School) building in Brookland. This is without doubt the most impressive religious art-deco building in the region and one of the best art deco buildings in the city. Sadly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at LovingDC
A beautiful terracotta keystone over the entrance to a brownstone in Bloomingdale. A nice composition of leaves and blossoms. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at LovingDC
Sculpture on limestone obelisk at Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington, DC. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at LovingDC
Beautiful terracotta sculpture on the old Eckington School building in Northeast Washington. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at LovingDC
Picasso's St. Sebastian at the National Gallery of Art. A masterpiece of beauty in our city. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at LovingDC
Beautiful carved keystone in Dupont Circle. A lovely bird in the trees design. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at LovingDC
After a five month hiatus I'm back to blogging. So much has changed. It's surprising it's taken me so long to get back to this. I've had this blog in one way or another for over six years. I first... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at Wondermachine
Craziness (per Wikipedia): The common name is an allusion to the polygamy formerly practiced by members of the Mormon sect according to Harish Gaonkar, of the Natural History Museum in London: ...the origins of giving common English names to organisms, particularly butterflies for tropical species started in India around the mid 19th century ... The naming of Mormons evolved slowly. I think the first to get such a name was the Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), because it had three different females, a fact that could only have been observed in the field, and this they did in India. The name obviously reflected the ... Mormon sect in America, which as we know, practiced polygamy.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on First Butterfly at CertainSeason
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Ah, when the snows clear you need to make a day trip, or a nice overnighter to Grout Pond in Vermont. Gorgeous mountain top lake with camp sites along the edge where Buster can go off leash. Just a gorgeous place and a fine place for canoeing. And I LOVE that it's painted birch. Too fucking cool. Pictures here:
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on A New Canoe and Daffodil Will at CertainSeason
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Mar 15, 2010
That is a gorgeous photo Bo.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on A Fine Pickle at CertainSeason
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