Now that I have a little leisure — after the New Orleans/Mississippi trip there were Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, and the teaching semester started — I’m catching up on some photos I wanted to show you. At Dunleith Castle, a mansion we toured in Natchez, one of the rooms has absolutely sensational wallpaper. Les Zones Terrestres by the Zuber Co. is what it sounds like — all the climates of the earth, shading into one another in a 33-panel spread that wraps around the room. These are details. I was hoping to find more complete photos on the Zuber website, but no. The blocks it was printed from were destroyed during WWII, so it’s not made anymore. It’s astoundingly beautiful. The White House has a Zuber wallpaper, Vues de l’
Initially I thought the photos were yours but photoshopped with one of those artsy apps, then I read your text. Each frame is like a painting, and they are wallpaper, wow! The first time I saw what are called “chumbos” in Spain, I tried to pick the fruit of this cactus and wound up with a gazillion invisible thorns in my hands for which the remedy was to wash them with olive oil. The image brought back prickly memories.