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Fight Against Maturity

TSA makes the Naughty List for sure!

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December 14, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff, Great Pictures, Holidays | | Comments Off on TSA makes the Naughty List for sure!

Spring has come to town

Photo credit: Me

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Great Pictures, Photos | | 4 Comments

Never mind how it happened. Just get me down!

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February 16, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, Great Pictures, Strange | Comments Off on Never mind how it happened. Just get me down!

No school in Germany today, kids…too much global warming.

Apparently Germany hasn’t gotten the word that global warming is upon us.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Global warming, Great Pictures | , | 1 Comment

God is blowing bubbles

Called the Bubble Nebula, this eerie, translucent sphere is created by fierce winds from a superhot star 40 times the size of our sun. Moving at nearly 4.5 million miles per hour, stellar winds whip the cloud of gas around the star into a near-perfect bubble, which stands out from the rest of the more stationary gas in this emission nebula.

More via  Wired Science | Wired.com.

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, cool stuff, Great Pictures | Comments Off on God is blowing bubbles

Wind, Dust, Rain and Lightning. Welcome to Tucson

Tucson lightning

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July 16, 2009 Posted by | Great Pictures | , | Comments Off on Wind, Dust, Rain and Lightning. Welcome to Tucson

COD

This city letter carrier posed for a [tongue in cheek] photograph with a young boy in his mailbag. After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

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July 13, 2009 Posted by | crazy, Great Pictures | Comments Off on COD

A ‘hole in the clouds’

This image of an exploding volcano was captured from the ISS which happened to be positioned directly above an eruption of Sarychev Peak on a remote Russian north Pacific island.

The white cap on the eruption is caused “…the rapid rising and then cooling of the air directly above the ash column. When moist, warm air rises quickly it creates a cloud.”

More pictures and an article at   Mail Online.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, NASA | , | Comments Off on A ‘hole in the clouds’

That old photo album? Check it before you toss it out.

A very early photograph of New York City in the 1840s has sold for $62,500. The photo depicting Manhattan’s Upper West Side as open countryside was sold Monday at Sotheby’s auction house.

The photo is a daguerreotype, an early form of photography that was used mainly for portraits. It is believed to date from 1848 and shows a white house with shutters, a grassy hillside and a horse-drawn carriage.

via Very early photo of NYC sold for $62,500.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | cool stuff, Great Pictures, Pictures | , | Comments Off on That old photo album? Check it before you toss it out.

Beachfront property

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Great Pictures | , , | Comments Off on Beachfront property

Another Chilean Volcano Picture: Ash and Lightning

After 9,000 years of silence, Chile’s Chaitén volcano (pictured on May 3) is erupting with lava, ash—and lightning (full story).

Since the volcano awoke on May 2, it has continued erupting intermittently, blanketing the area in ash and forcing more than 4,000 people to flee.

National Geographic News Photo Gallery

May 12, 2008 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, Pictures, Scary | , , , | 1 Comment

Home sweet home…night view

The rest of the world

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March 9, 2008 Posted by | Great Pictures | Comments Off on Home sweet home…night view

View Property

No clue as to how you get up to this Italian monastery. Maybe “They shall mount on wings, as eagles…”?

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December 23, 2007 Posted by | Great Pictures | 4 Comments

Picture of an optimist

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November 29, 2007 Posted by | Great Pictures | Comments Off on Picture of an optimist

It’s all chalk and paint

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September 27, 2007 Posted by | Great Pictures | Comments Off on It’s all chalk and paint

Traffic jams aren’t new. This is New York City, pre-car.

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August 24, 2007 Posted by | Cars, Great Pictures | Comments Off on Traffic jams aren’t new. This is New York City, pre-car.

Electron Photomicrograph of Aspirin Crystals

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July 15, 2006 Posted by | Great Pictures, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

What you might call “large format” photography

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Walk into the massive air hangar and the first thing you notice is an oppressive darkness broken only by a tiny beam of light from a gumball-sized hole in the wall. Then, slowly, an upside-down image emerges on the opposite wall that is startling in its clarity — a dilapidated air traffic control tower, an overgrown runway and palm trees clustered amid rolling hills.

Once home to roaring fighter jets, this decommissioned Marine Corps hangar is now the world’s largest camera poised to take the world’s largest picture. If all goes well, within days the hangar-turned-camera will record a panoramic image of what’s on the other side of the door using the centuries-old principle of “camera obscura.”

An image of the former El Toro Marine Air Corps Station will appear upside down and flipped left-to-right on a sheath of light-sensitive fabric after being projected through the tiny hole in the hangar’s metal door. The fabric is the length of one-third of a football field and about 3 stories tall.

The Guinness Book of World Records has created two new categories for the project — world’s largest camera and world’s largest photograph — and will certify the records once the photo is complete.

This post also appears on TechNudge

June 14, 2006 Posted by | Great Pictures, technology | Comments Off on What you might call “large format” photography

New White Dwarf

 

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Like a butterfly, a white dwarf star begins its life by casting off the cocoon that enclosed it.In the cocoon-like structure above, the planetary nebula designated NGC 2440, contains one of the hottest white dwarfs known to scientists. The white dwarf can be seen as the bright dot near the photo's center. Our sun eventually will become a "white dwarf butterfly," but not for another 5 billion years.

 

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June 7, 2006 Posted by | Astronomy, Great Pictures | Comments Off on New White Dwarf