Photo Sunday: Liberty Gold

Sunset over the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry, May 2008. Photo credit: Alex Weaver. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Fiery Sunset

Sunset with clouds, Hudson Valley, August 2009. Photo by the author. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Lighting the Way for Equality (Photos)

If you encountered any technical difficulties with the site earlier today, my apologies. There was a database issue I had to work with my host to clear up. It should be fixed now, so send me an e-mail if you're still having any problems (or if you can't see this message).In the meantime, I wanted to post some photos I took at a rally I attended in Union Square last night: Lighting the Way to Equality, a candlelight vigil on behalf of same-sex marriage rights sponsored by Marriage Equality New … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Autumn Raindrops

Autumn raindrops on leaves, Hudson Valley, autumn 2009. Photo by the author. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: America's Best Idea

I don't post pictures on this blog often enough (and since I recently bought a new camera, I might as well get some use out of it!), so with this post I'm kicking off a new semi-regular feature. If you've got interesting, unusual or just beautiful pictures that you own and would like to see here, I'll consider posting submissions as well, so send them to me!I was in California this past Labor Day weekend and had a chance to do some hiking and sightseeing in Yosemite. If anyone watched Ken … [Read more...]

Bands of Iron

On a wintry day late last year, I visited the Museum of Natural History in New York City. While touring the geology wing, I came across this boulder-sized chunk of a rock formation:A banded iron formation from the geology exhibit of the Museum of Natural History. Photo credit to Erich Vieth.It was out in the open with no ropes or glass around it, inviting visitors to touch it. I brushed a hand across its polished surface, which was as smooth and cool as a sheet of glass. Nothing about … [Read more...]

Other Shores

When we were young, we looked up at the twinkling lights in the night sky and wondered. Most of them were immovable, fixed stars rising and setting in the same place every night as if pinned to the dome of the firmament. However, a very few of those lights were not so steady. Instead, they seemed to meander, moving perceptibly across the sky from night to night - sometimes even changing course and moving backwards for a time, as if in a spirit of play. We named these vagabond stars planets, … [Read more...]


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