Cousin Amanda Holland sends snapshots from her science work.
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.
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.
Photo from Heidi Totten, who is spearheading a campaign to get desks for schools like this one in Kenya:
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?
- More photos from the Tenkees School in Kenya
- Going to school in Palestine
- Classroom in Gaza
- Afghanistan classroom
- Living Classroom in the American Northwest (Now the Taproot School)
- How kids get to school in New Delhi
- Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1903
- More students in Afghanistan, in somewhat better-equipped schools
- Classroom in Edgewood ISD, San Antonio, Texas
- Amusing Planet story on kids risking their lives to get to school
- Doing homework in the streets of Manila, Philippines
- Colorado rural school, built 1895
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.
We seek renewal in wilderness, and find that wilderness itself renews with every sunrise.
Mike Scofield is a lucky guy to have been there to get that shot.
- With nearly 6,000 acres, Table Rock Wilderness has been part of the National Wilderness System since 1984
Great little .gif, of the night sky in New Zealand.
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!):