August 24, 2017
Many lessons of chasing the eclipse for us first-timers. Months ago we decided not to make major purchases to photograph the thing, to just enjoy the experience.
Still, we had inexpensive filters, and we photographed. Main tripod left in Dallas to avoid paying a lot extra to fly; a borrowed tripod held the GoPro (which was a poor choice; gotta work on that for time-lapse). So the best photos I got were hand-held.
And fuzzy as a result, I think.
Totality of the 2017 solar eclipse, near Casper, Wyoming, on the North Platte River.
The most interesting thing to me was the brilliant red beads during totality, where (if I recall correctly) the Sun peeks through the mountains of the Moon. I did get a couple shots to show that.
Totality and red beads of the 2017 solar eclipse.
Photographs to remind us of the great experience of joining millions of other people to watch a spectacular astronomical event, brought to us by science.
Did anyone at your house go blind? Ready for 2024?
Did you stay at home for the eclipse? Did you travel? What did you see and hear?
April 5, 2017
Still life with traffic cone and fire hydrant. New York City. Photo creative commons copyright Ed Darrell; please use with attribution.
Taxi in from La Guardia. Along Prince Street in Manhattan, July afternoon sun combined with a serendipitous arrangement of fire hydrant and traffic cone.
It made me smile, so I clicked a photo.
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.
February 12, 2016
Tweet from @CharBailey5479: Sunrise shroud on Mt. Timpanogos – have a great day! #utwx #utah
Utah’s Mount Timpanogos rises on the east side of Utah Valley, in Utah County, over Utah Lake.
At about 6,000 feet above the valley floor, the mountain can make its own weather at times. On a cold winter morning, sun struggling to climb over the peak can expose clouds from sublimating ice on the mountain, or clouds from ice crystals blown off the top slopes.
Any way they form, it can be a spectacular start to another day.
Much of my childhood was spent about five miles south and east of the spot this photo was taken (American Fork?). The mountain filled most of my bedroom window. A sunrise like this one would look like a forest fire in my room. But film was expensive, and my camera was a snapshot special.
Thanks to @CharBailey5479, whoever you are.
December 4, 2015
Photo from Heidi Totten, who is spearheading a campaign to get desks for schools like this one in Kenya:
Tenkees School, in the Mau region of Kenya. Photo by Heidi Totten
Ms. Totten, working with a group called 100 Humanitarians (Entrepreneurs Changing the World), posted this in November, for a November 27 fundraising project.
Our next $5 Friday Fundraiser will be for additional desks for this school in the Mau region of Kenya. This is a very remote area that we visited. The school serves over 300 students with very few desks that they cram into.
They also have two latrines for each gender. With 300 kids you can imagine the sanitary conditions.
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Our hope is to start with adding more desks, then rebuilding the kitchen and adding latrines. Just $5 can go far!
Please feel free to click over to this group and contribute.
How well would you or your kids learn in this school?
October 26, 2015
Kenny sent an e-mail, with a link to Donald Trump, saying “China.”
So, we went to see.
Among other things, Kenny’s brother James, our younger son, was getting married in Beijing. Good excuse to travel. Keeping with the rule that one should spend at least a day in a destination for every hour of travel it takes to get there, we planned 13 days.
I don’t think Donald Trump knows China.
After 13 days and a few thousand miles, and perhaps a few hundred supreme dumplings and two Beijing ducks, fugu, and noodles of nearly endless variety, with gallons of stout vinegars you won’t find in a U.S. supermarket, I know I don’t know China.
(I don’t think Trump knows much of anything, a very little in any depth; this is funnier now than it was when Kenny sent the link before the trip.)
Following, not always consecutively, some reports on some of the things we saw. Please stay tuned.