September 26, 2014
Photo from the collections of the Library of Congress:
“Groves Bromo Quinine,” sign on a shack advertises a treatment for malaria, and other products; near Summerville, South Carolina. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, December 1938. Library of Congress.
This photo was taken by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration, documenting how farmers and other Americans lived during the Great Depression.
1938 was a year before DDT’s insecticidal properties were discovered, and at least six years before DDT became available for civilian work against malaria and the mosquitoes who spread the parasites.
September 25, 2014
Does the name, “Mosquito Creek,” discourage people from visiting? See what they miss.
Milky Way from Mosquito Creek, #olympicnationalpark A gorgeous night in a spectacular location. @NPCA , via Hudson Henry @Hudson_Photo
August 30, 2014
Neat views of Scotland, as the nation steams toward a vote on independence from the United Kingdom.
A still capture from the film, Dynamic Scotland.
Roger Jackaman created it: Dynamic Scotland
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I took more than 10,000 photos during the making of this of which 6-7000 made the final cut. Itwas filmed mainly in and around Edinburgh but also includes some scenes from the Glencoe area.Music licensed by: “Moonlight Reprise” by Kai Engel (http://kaiengelmusic.wix.co…
Tip of the old scrub brush to CBS News Twitter feed. Thanks to Mr. Jackaman for putting it up on YouTube, also. It deserves more than 3,196 views.
August 20, 2014
Sunset at the home of President Truman. @GoParks @Interior #POTUS
In the late afternoon light, one gets a better view of just why Harry Truman was so fond of this house. Who wouldn’t be?
Something to visit when you’re next in Independence, Missouri.
August 11, 2014
Making those nice photographs of the Milky Way and stars isn’t so easy as it looks.
I made my most successful efforts on our recent swing through Colorado, New Mexico and West Texas. Here’s a shot I got that almost shows the Milky Way, probably has Polaris in it, and because it was a timed exposure, also captured star movement and an airplane flying overhead. Photo was taken from the Army Corps of Engineers campground at Abiquiu Reservoir, a few miles from Georgia O’Keefe’s home.
Abiquiu Stars – Time photograph of stars against a pinon pine, pointing north; Milky Way almost visible in the East.
August 4, 2014
U.S. Department of Interior said: Our most popular photo on social media last week: this pic of a double #rainbow over @CraterLakeNPS.
Technically a rainbow can form anytime there are water droplets in the air, and sunlight to shine through them. Pragmatically, there’s a better chance of the sunlight getting the right angle in the earlier morning and late afternoon. Since most summer rainstorms happen in the afternoon, most rainbows probably get formed in the afternoon, too.
If the field of droplets is thick enough, a vantage point may get more than one rainbow.
So there’s a good deal of chance in this photo. A good photographer is ready, when the chance presents itself.
Did you notice the colors are reversed in the secondary rainbow?
August 3, 2014
Dallas Moon, June 7, 2014; sure it’s copyrighted, but please use it with abandon.
I got a pretty good shot at the Moon back in June, considering it’s just a 200 mm telephoto, and I was shooting handheld, without the tripod. You can’t tell from the picture, but the sky was blue. One of the issues of getting a good Moon shot concerns exposure — and this time, I got the Moon right. Sky is black, but there you go. We were walking the dog.
I’ve made a lot of photographic experiments over the summer, none of which I’ve posted. I’m also fighting computer issues with both the laptop and desktop, and downloads have been uncertain. The shot above, for example, shows up in some indices, but not in others. Can’t post it if I can’t tell WordPress what to upload, you know? Who really understands computer logic?
I’ve made two trips to Colorado to visit James and Michelle. None of the photos are up yet — and there are, actually, thousands. None of the thought rambles are up, either. I got ambushed by a fellow with “the easiest political quiz in the world” while drinking beer and listening to the Bodeans in Louisville, Colorado; there’s a photo somewhere of my pointing out the errors of the guy’s quiz, and his confessions that he’s a libertarian in GOP clothing; and then there were our visits to those temples to the failures of libertarianism, including the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Mesa Verde N.P. Colorado libertarians live among the disasters and ruins of libertarian thought, but think and claim they are held back by the ropes their rescuers throw to them.
I hope I’ve got the streams of posts flowing again, Dear Reader. Your past patience is greatly appreciated.