Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pictures from a different source

I love seeing pictures from earlier times in this country. Recently I found a blog that has some beautiful images from various sources, and the best part is that you can see them in a decent size.

It's called the Shorpy Photo Archive, and here's an example of their pics:

That's a picture from 1960 of an ultra-modern house in the Hollywood Hills in California. Here's the direct link.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Favorite Pictures #4 - Houston Skyline

During my early years at Waste Management, I worked on the 39th floor downtown. We had an excellent view of the Houston skyline, and I snapped this picture back in 2001.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Favorite Pictures #3 - The moon in eclipse

Back in May 2003, we had very nice total eclipse of the moon. I've always enjoyed looking at lunar eclipses -- the moon takes on an otherwordly quality. Lunar eclipses can only occur when the moon is full. Therefore, the relief on the lunar surface that one sees during first quarter or other phases disappears. Thus, the apparent smoothness of the lunar surfaces appears a bit incongruous when during the the partial stages of the eclipse, like this picture:

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Favorite Pictures #2 - Setting sun

This picture of the sun setting over the Mediterranean was taken the day after the eclipse we saw in Libya. A bunch of us at our table wanted to see a "green flash", that rare phenomenon that occurs sometimes when the conditions are just right. As the sun descends below the horizon, the light is refracted through thicker levels of our atmosphere, and if you're lucky, you'll see a flash of green light at the top of the solar disk.

Well, we didn't get a green flash, but we did get quite a lovely sunset. The solar eclipse the day before had been stunning. This sunset was a coda to that memorable display.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Favorite Pictures #1 - Renaissance Pop & Tot

I thought I'd upload some of the pictures I've taken that I like best. This one was taken at the Renaissance Festival in 2004. A father and son in similar garb take in the sights of the festival.

Look for more of my favorites in the future.

All I want

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

Monday, December 01, 2008

A triangle in the sky

The triple conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus was beautiful. I set up my camera at work because the southwestern horizon is better there, and I took a passel of pics. This one seemed to be about the best.

Click on the picture to see a big version.