Tonight’s Moon at near closest approach
For my fellow photogs-That moon was so bright-Iso 100. F5.6 1/500th shutter. 400mm lens on a crop sensor (640mm actual) and cropped in further. I did push clarity a bit and backed off on contrast. Exposure compensation- 5 1/2 stops down!
Tonight’s Moon at near closest approach
Inspired by Feline Fearless Leaeder’s posting of some very nice floral photos, I decided first to post these in line in the thread and now to make a thread of them.
Here’s some of my recent bits. I hope you enjoy the results of a drive through northern Wisconsin. Be sure to check out FFL’s work as well. re: #7 Feline Fearless Leader
Close to four years ago, I started this project. I’ve documented some of it in the comments over the past year, showing bits and pieces of progress. Today, the last set of beads arrived and I was finally able to finish it, a nice counterpoint to the depressing news of the day. I’d rather take my energy and do something positive.
The pattern is Mirabilia’s Shakespeare’s Fairies, stitched on 32 count linen from Picture This Plus (I think it’s charcoal). The total stitched area is a little over 19” wide and 8.5” tall. Eventually I will get it ironed and sort out framing, but for now I am luxuriating in the feeling of having finished my biggest needlework project ever.
Since a young age I have had the desire to take a trip through the southwestern of the United States, see and feel the shocking nature reflected in the Grand Canyon, in the Arches National Park and in the terrible atmosphere of Death Valley.
Finally, now in retirement, that wish came true and behind the wheel of my car, carrying some cameras to capture multiples landscapes, to show different characteristics from the nature of our planet.
I drove just over 7,000 miles in 32 days and I visited all these extraordinary places, most of them are under management of the National Park Service. I believe that nature, humanity and society, have found support and positive, creative, respectful and viable response from the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Hopefully it will be of your interest and I appreciate that you see the images and read these lines.
I must say that the trip was so exciting, and I am already planning another for next summer.
THE VIDEO - BEIJING FROM ABOVE
Before I tell you the story of being detained by the Chinese (and, like Taborlin the Great, I similarly did not have key, coin, or candle), I’ll share the video I made! I would have gotten even more footage had the quadcopter not been, ahem, confiscated… BTW, I recommend running the video in HD mode with earphones!
This was made with a really awesome quadcopter — the New DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition. All the footage was shot with that GoPro. I did a mixture of wide angle and narrow shots. I also had it in a mode that automatically took a photo every 5 seconds, and I put some of my favorite photos at the bottom of this blog post!
THE DETENTION FACILITY AND QUADCOPTER CONFISCATION
So, I went into this not knowing what was legal and what was not legal. Okay, I had a sinking feeling that flying a quadcopter over the Forbidden City might be more black than grey, but my intentions were pure and artistic, so I figured that gave me some sort of leeway. At least, this is how I justified everything in my head beforehand. You’re starting to see how I make bad decisions.
Tough but fair the Chinese confiscated the drone but gave it back to him on the way out of the country. I would just not have the nerve to play “easier to get forgiveness than permission” in another country. But I can’t argue with the result now can I?
Page by Randall-Drones chased From National Parks
It’s not very often that you get a chance to take a very, very close look at a bee. But these gorgeous macro pictures of bees, wasps, and more show us just how much we’ve been missing out on.
Images: Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.
The photos are a part of the USGS Bee Inventory And Monitoring Lab’s ongoing examination at all the different species of bees, wasps, and more that live around us — and it has a whole host of new close-up shots for National Pollinator’s Week.
Legendary comics creator and reputed hermit Bill Watterson has returned to comic strips — although only for a three-day guest stint on “Pearls Before Swine.”
You can find “Pearls” at the GoComics site. Today’s strip is a tribute to the final “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, published December 31, 1995.
Stephan Pastis’s story detailing how he coaxed Watterson into guesting can be found here:
Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning.
He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence.
Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him.
In fact, legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called to see if he wanted to make a movie, Bill wouldn’t even take the call.
So it was with little hope of success that I set out to try and meet him last April.
Stumbled across this a short time ago. The more I watch the more I discover. Art that moves and breathes in time and space. Anthony Howe. Incredible and beautiful. Fascinating is too shallow a word. More.
Elegant and exquisite. I wonder if he has considered sound along with this visual treat?
Because we have forgotten our ancestors our children no longer give us honor.
Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared, kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way.
Because we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children can not pray….Dr. Maya Angelou, The Black Family Pledge.
How do you poetically memorialize a great poet? You can’t, especially when her life was itself, a form of poetry. Mother, daughter, granddaughter, actress, dancer, writer, activist, friend, teacher, mentor, avid cook and cultural luminary, Maya Angelou is gone, at age 86. A survivor of child abuse, life on the streets, Jim Crow segregation and the strife of history and circumstance that took so many of her friends—Malcolm, Martin, James Baldwin& others; Maya Angelou was bigger than her hometown of Stamps, Arkansas could hold. She was our Miriam; our discoverer of oases and maker of wells, a songstress whose poetry cataloged a spirit of change borne in an ancient tradition.
Maya Angelou was an incredible inspiration to many. She challenged us to enter the interior world of a human being, who happened to be African American, who happened to be her—from her childhood through her sunset years. Dr. Angelou was a “Phenomenal Woman,” who found her way into millions of lives through her autobiographical writing, poetry, performances and her dedication to truth. Her delivery of her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” in 1993, changed my life. It was one of many encounters with “Sister” Angelou’s work that reframed my mental universe.
Sometimes it is better to never meet your heroes. They remain as holy to you as the first time you heard their voice or met them on paper. No stories of akwardness, miscommunication or missed opportunities to say or hear something lifechanging. No dreams of perfect moments dashed. At first I was sad I never had the chance to meet Dr. Angelou; now I know that to the degree that I’ve met her everyday in my work, she has fulfilled her notion that people can forget your words or deeds, but they cannot forget how you made them feel.
Consider the story of tea cakes in her groundbreaking autobiographical work, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Her mature, ladylike behavior is rewarded by Mrs. Flowers with lemonade and the quintessential Southern treat, the tea cake. When she returns home she informs her brother Bailey that “By the way,” tea cakes had been sent for him as, well. She is promptly whipped. Her grandmother is incensed and breaks off a switch from a peach tree and whips all three children, praying before she delivered the blows.
I doubt that Debbie Schlussel has ever heard of Michael Twitty, He is an African-American historian who also happens to be a devout Jew.
Here is some “brain bleach” and “soul Lysol” to make up for yesterday’s Derp thread.