1. I made my first underwater drawing this morning of @barringtonirving while we and the rest of the #flyingclassroom expedition team made our fourth and final SCUBA certification dive here in the Florida Keys. In addition to all the fish, we saw a nurse shark and a spotted eel and @jennygnichols almost sat on a stingray. Many more undersea drawings to come this fall off the coast of Bali. Stay tuned!

     

  2. Birdhouses. Great Falls, Virginia

     

  3. Farm road. Great Falls, Virginia

     

  4. Blue bells bloom along the Brandywine River near the studios of painters Andrew and N. C. Wyeth. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

     

  5. Scullers head out for an evening on the Schuylkill River near Boat House Row (upper right) and the Fairmount Water Works (center). 

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

     

  6. On the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a couple huddles together under an umbrella—to check their individual smartphones.

     


  7. In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
    — Author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in his memoir, Wind, Sand and Stars
     

  8. On New Year’s Eve, a glowing, LED-lined “puck” hovered high above Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. As the last seconds of 2013 ticked down, the puck—designed by Claudette Jocelyn Stern and John Daniel Walters of Ann Arbor’s own METAL—descended to the street.

    I made some pen studies that night. Last week, I finally got around to working one up with watercolor.

     

  9. The London skyline as seen from 4 of its 13 protected vistas: Parliament Hill, Kenwood House, the Serpentine Bridge, and Westminster Pier. During my trip, I visited all thirteen. You’ll be able to see the full set of vistas in my book, London: The Information Capital, which will be published by Penguin Books in November.

     

  10. Elephant-nose fish. Lemon cichlids. Royal twig catfish. 

    I worked at National Geographic for 9 years. I’ve read a lot about biodiversity. I’ve been to a few zoos. Yet I had no idea these creatures existed. And these are just the fish. Seriously, if you are in London, I implore you: GO TO THE ZOO. It’s spectacular.