January 3, 2017
Wildlife photographer Nancy J. Warner caught a breathtaking view with dozens (hundreds?) of snow geese taking off, flying directly at her.
Nancy J. Wagner on Twitter: Seeing 1000s of #snow #geese flying towards me was breathtaking. Looks chaotic, but they take to the air very methodically. #Skagit #birding
I’m not familiar with Ms. Wagner’s work, but it seems we should be. Wagner shoots wildlife that would make nice adornments for your home and office walls, truly inspiring.
November 30, 2016
Oh, there’s a little technical wizardry involved in this one, stitching it together.
White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona. Brilliant photography and stitching by Dave Lane Astrophotography, via the U.S. Department of Interior.
A more full description from Interior’s Facebook page:
Located in a remote and unspoiled part of northern Arizona, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a geologic treasure. For those who can’t get a permit to places like The Wave, White Pocket is an equally stunning place to explore — day or night. Pictured here, the area’s unusual rock formation is crowned by the Milky Way with Saturn, Mars and the Rho Ophiuchus region all visible. Multi-image photo (42 images stitched together in a 6 x 7 matrix) courtesy of David Lane (Dave Lane Astrophotography).
Dave Lane’s work amazes, doesn’t it?
Tip of the old scrub brush to Kathryn Knowles.
October 26, 2016
Nice photo, a starry sky showing part of the Milky Way, and a great tree, probably painted with a flashlight.
But, where in the world is it?
Tweet from Fotos del Mundo, @FerloRuiz
Dear Reader, do you know where this photo was taken? Who should get credit?
October 26, 2016
Your public lands at work, filling you with awe.
From BLM National’s Twitter feed: A full moon 🌕 lights up the sky at Granite Mountain Wilderness, #California. (Photo: Bob Wick)
BLM National put this photo up on September 30, so we might assume the photo is from September’s Moon, as well.
October 20, 2016
Cousin Amanda Holland sends snapshots from her science work.
“Evening drive along Kolob Reservoir Road, west end of Zion NP.” Photo by Amanda Holland; used with some permission, all rights reserved
Scientists in the field find beauty denied the casual visitor or even serious tourist — which is one of the great attractions of a science job, in the field.
Another view of why we love the American West, why we love the mountains, why we love the deserts.
June 3, 2016
Well, maybe chess game of the not rich and not famous.
“Attica Correctional Facility, New York 1972, Cornell Capa #photography.” @Paolo1264
Chess is a great way to soothe a fevered mind, relax, and strengthen reasoning skills.
Photo by Cornell Capa:
Cornell Capa (April 10, 1918 – May 23, 2008) was a Hungarian American photographer, member of Magnum Photos, and photo curator, and the younger brother of photo-journalist and war photographer Robert Capa. Graduating from Imre Madách Gymnasium in Budapest, he initially intended to study medicine, but instead joined his brother in Paris to pursue photography. Cornell was an ambitious photo enthusiast who founded the world-known International Center of Photography in New York in 1974 with help from Micha Bar-Am after a stint of working for both Life magazine and Magnum Photos.
I wonder who were the two men playing the game? What happened to them?
February 25, 2016
Again from Twitter, a series of photographs of Utah’s Mount Timpanogos.
From top to bottom, it looks like a sunrise on the mountain. But Timpanogos faces west; the sun rises from behind this face. Two possible explanations. The more mundane explanation would be that the series starts with the bottom photo, progressing to the top. Shadows support that explanation.
The slightly more colorful explanation would be, as we often see here in Texas, weather moving from west to east; and in the late afternoon a cover of clouds moves far enough east that the setting sun finally is uncovered, peeking out from underneath the clouds to light the land with that wonderful golden hour sun for a few minutes, before setting.
Timpanogos, like the rock it is, sits majestically either way.
Tweet from sofiaaugustineadams (@sofiaaadams): Mountain time #timelapse #timpanogos
I Tweeted Ms. Adams (I’m presuming her name to be Sofia Augustine Adams) to ask which it is. For those who love Timpanogos, it won’t matter much.
My guess is the photo was taken from south of Orem, Utah, probably near Interstate Highway 15 which transects Utah County.
Update: Ms. Adams informs us (see comments) it is a setting sun, with the bottom photo being the first in the series. Thank you!