Photo Sunday: Parabola

This photo is from my trip to St. Louis last weekend, taken from the base of the famous Gateway Arch. Besides the sheer scale of the structure, I was attracted to its stark, geometrical shape - almost like a mathematical equation in the form of a building. In the enlarged version, you can see the windows of the observation deck at the apex.Gateway Arch, St. Louis, January 2010. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Ni Putes Ni Soumises Organizes a Protest for Rayhana

By Sarah BraaschRayhana, a French-Algerian playwright and actress, was attacked last week in front of the theater in Paris where she is performing her provocative play, "At My Age, I Still Hide My Smoking". Rayhana speaks out against Islamism and obscurantism and the Muslim culture of female oppression in Algeria. Her play takes place in a hammam in Algeria and portrays nine women sitting together and discussing their daily lives. The two men who attacked Rayhana grabbed her from behind, … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Texture

Next week there will be photos from my trip to St. Louis, once I've had time to do the normal cropping and processing. Until then, there's this: I'm fascinated by the way the camera reveals unfamiliar-seeming details of familiar surfaces.Fallen timber, Hudson Highlands Nature Center, November 2009. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Bird Rock

Monterey Bay, California, June 17, 2006. Photo credit: Peter Nothnagle. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Newfallen

In honor of the season, and of all the frigid weather we've been having here in the Northeast, here's the first Photo Sunday of the new year. Stay warm!Snow on pine needles, New York City, New York, December 2009. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Solstice Walk

Johnson County, Iowa, December 21, 2006. Photo credit: Peter Nothnagle. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: The Old Bridge

Hudson Highlands Nature Center, November 2009. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Bright Angel

Bright Angel Point, Grand Canyon. Photo credit: Pradeep Satyaprakash. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: American Grandeur

Snow on the Teton Range, Jackson, Wyoming, September 2006. Photo credit: Jerry Donnelly. … [Read more...]

A Sense of Kinship

This past summer, I was visiting the New York Botanical Gardens when serendipity struck: this beautiful little creature alighted on a stone railing around the edge of a pool, staying just long enough for me to snap this shot:I think, though I'm not an expert, that this is a blue dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis.I don't usually like close-up photos of insects - they have an eerie, alien feel that I find disturbing. (I admit it, I'm a mammal chauvinist.) But this one is one of … [Read more...]