August 3, 2015
Screen capture of one frame of Mark Gee’s short film, “After Dark.”
Great little .gif, of the night sky in New Zealand.
From a Tweet by BBC Earth. It’s taken from a slightly longer film put together by Mark Gee.
1440 individual photographs captured over 13 hours cut together into one incredible time-lapse video.
Photographer and videographer Mark Gee shot this breath-taking footage of the southern skies around his hometown of Wellington, New Zealand. The stunning one-minute clip is a collection of Mark’s most memorable night sky moments over the past year.
The majority of the video was shot on Wellington’s South Coast (watch out for air traffic) while the campfire and the camping scenes were filmed in Cape Palliser and the Tararua Ranges.
From Gee’s Youtube site, the longer film (1 minute!):
July 25, 2015
US Department of Interior Tweet: Simply stunning: That’s the only way we can describe @ZionNPS’s Subway. Pic by Tiffany Nguyen #Utah
Gotta get back there.
James and Michelle made a trek there in 2013.
Subway in Zion Canyon National Park, photo by Michelle Xiang Li, 2013 (some rights reserved)
I wonder if it’s possible to take a dozen photos there without a few that take your breath away.
Rock, water and leaves. Photo from the Subway trip, by Michelle Xiang Li, 2013
June 14, 2015
From the Facebook site of the U.S. Department of Interior: Visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado and see some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. Pictured here is a stunning shot of the #MilkyWay rising above the Black Canyon. Photo courtesy of Greg Owens — at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Looking at that river, it’s difficult to understand that it’s just half the flow. Ranchers and farmers bored a tunnel to channel half the water of the river to the Uncompahgre Valley through the 5 mile-long Gunnison Tunnel, completed in 1909. Many of the overlooks into the incredibly steep canyon reveal only snippets of the ribbon of water that runs the whole length of the canyon.
I like how this photograph captures reflected light off the water, and makes the river appear easier to see than it usually is, especially at night.
Stunning geology, great hikes — you should go.
Especially you should go if you think about the geology that contradicts creationism. The canyon is loaded with volcanic inserts that deny flood geology and every other geological distortion offered by creationists, maybe better than the Grand Canyon in that regard.
June 3, 2015
Ready to go camping this summer?
Wilderness Society Tweeted: Starry sky from near Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Bryce Bradford
Bryce Bradford captured the Milky Way from Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 5, 2015
Four minutes of a glorious full Moon rising over Joshua Tree National Park — reduced to a 6-second Vine.
I do like a little well-done time lapse. In this one, the action of the clouds playing peek-a-boo with the Moon is a lot of fun. It’s just the sort of astronomical action I love to watch in the National Parks.
Desert sunset at Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree NP. Photo by Brad Sutton/NPS
I wonder where Lian Law took that time-lapse of the Moon. Anyone know?
Screen capture of the Moon rise Vine video by Lian Law, National Park Service.
March 12, 2015
Somewhere in Arizona?
Saguaro cactus and the Milky Way; photo by Bob Wick, U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Via Wilderness Society on Twitter, and flickr.
The Wilderness Society added a quote:
“I wish to know an entire heaven and an entire earth.” – Henry David Thoreau
If I had to guess, I’d say somewhere between Phoenix and Tucson, but I don’t know. Mr. Wick managed to get a good exposure without distorting the shapes of the stars. Somewhere far away from city lights.
Anyone have more details? Gotta track down the quote, too.
February 23, 2015
February 23, 1945. It’s a date that will live in famous heroics, war brutality, photography, and bronze.
On the morning of February 23, U.S. troops raised the U.S. flag on a hill known as Mt. Suribachi, on the island of Iwo Jima — a visual signal to U.S. troops that the high ground had been taken, and the battle turned for the U.S.
First flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on February 23, 1945. Photograph for Leatherneck Magazine by Sgt. Lou Lowery.
Later in the day, an officer ordered a larger flag to be posted, to be more visible. AP photographer Joe Rosenthal caught that raising on film.
Is this the most iconic photo ever? Wikimedia caption: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal’s historic photo depicts five United States Marines and one sailor raising an American flag over Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The image above is an Associated Press photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography. It was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945.
February 23 does not appear in the list of dates by law recommended for Americans to fly the U.S. flag. You may want to fly yours today, anyway.
- Joe Rosenthal — Iconic Iwo Jima photo revealed a lot about war, and about Americans, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, August 22, 2006, on Rosenthal’s death
- Charles Lindberg, first Iwo Jima flag raising, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, June 26, 2007
- Last flag-raising vet from Iwo Jima, Raymond Jacobs died, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, February 7, 2008
- Photo essay at USA Today, “70th anniversary of famous Iwo Jima photo,” February 21, 2015
- “Why 70-year-old Iwo Jima photo became iconic,” Ruth Ben-Ghiat, CNN Online, February 22, 2015
Iwo Jima Memorial, near Washington, D.C.
Mt. Suribachi’s prominence is clear in this photo of the island of Iwo To, as it is known in Japan. Suribachi is a 546-foot (166 m) dormant volcanic cone, on the southern tip of the island. Wikipedia image