Friday, February 29, 2008

Bethel Snow Woman - Complete! - 1

Bethel Snow Woman - Complete! - 1
Originally uploaded by ChrisDag.

I saw a quick news story on a D.C. channel. I heard heard that they had gotten a tremendous amount of snow in Maine. There was plenty of raw material to build this. At 122 feet, it's magnificent, and it will all be gone by May.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cat at night.

What a perfect cat picture! I found this on Is it posed or is it a real shot?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Press Criticism or Vandalism?


I found this outside the Post Office in Shippensburg, PA. Is this from a person who had a grudge against a local newspaper or the press in general? It certainly took too much work to be a random vandal.
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Photographing Fish

Here is my first attempt at photographing fish in my aquarium.

After taking these I looked for some hints on the web. You need a fast shutter speed and you need to get the white balance right. I have flourescent lights in the aquarium, so maybe I need to adjust for that. I will definitely use a tripod.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Last night was the nearly worldwide lunar eclipse. I wasn't sure if it would be visible in our area because of the snow storm we had late in the afternoon. However, by the time I went to walk the dog there were only some wispy clouds moving in a light wind.

The eclipse was spectacular. The left lower edge of the moon was getting shadowy and the whole moon was turning reddish. Just as advertised I could see Saturn and the star Regulus, although I honestly wasn't sure which was which.

Throughout the walk I could follow the moon coming in and out of the clouds. The dog was not impressed with the whole thing as he was occupied with more canine concerns.

The eclipse made me think of some of my favorite authors. Isaac Asimov staged many of his stories among the stars. The latter Foundation novels were really travels where the characters discussed Asimov's theories from different points of view. Arthur C. Clarke used the stars more poetically. The action of the stories had to be out there. In the Space Odyssey stories the stars were even alive in some way. We need more writers like that around today.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Snow Squall at Mont Alto

After a day and a half of snow, ice, and rain the storm had one last snow squall to throw at us. The flakes were huge clumps. Fortunately, it didn't last long and the storm was over.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Walking the Dog

Originally uploaded by P_Linehan.




Even a gray Saturday is a good time to walk the dog. The Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails is great. There was almost no one one there yesterday morning. We started at the parking lot at Shippensburg Township Park and continued north about a mile and a half before returning. Beans things it's great, even if I won't let him capture any squirrels.

But you really need to bring a bag along, for everyone's convenience!

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