Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Year of the Ox

Prosperity through fortitude and hard work. (Let's hope, anyway.)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Salutes to our Troops for the New Year

That's USS Ronald Reagan, CVN 76, with a tender and a supporting destroyer. Awesome that there are probably 6,000 men and women on these three ships.
Now, where America's Day Begins, here's Apra Harbor, Guam with the USS Ronald Reagan entering:

Friday, December 26, 2008


on a chilly, quiet, day-after-Christmas, I just feel like burying myself in a good book:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Breakfast Food!

And, after:

And now, I'm getting hungry, even though it's a long way from breakfast. Mmmmm

Compare & Contrast

That's the classic Hiroshige above. Great painting of water, with Fuji-san in the distance.
Now, consider HDR, or High Dynamic Range imaging:

I, at least, noticed some strong similarities.

Christmas Ornaments

Hope that you and yours are enjoying the celebration.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas To All

A redwood church in Yosemite valley.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mt. Rushmore, SD

The celebrated presidential sculpture on Mt. Rushmore has never drawn me to its view. However, I was attracted to the seldom-seen view of the back of the mountain.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Giacomo!

Hey! It's Puccini's 150th Birthday Anniversary. My Dad absolutely loved this guy. He also had somewhat mixed feelings about Italians in general.
Have a listen:

Winter Solstice 2008

Tonight is the longest night of the year, at 4 minutes after midnight Universal Time. Congratulations, I guess; it's all downhill from here, until the next solstice.
For no logical reason (except that it was very dark inside the tree) I attach a picture of the famous Wawona Tree in Yosemite, which collapsed under a two-ton load of snow in 1969, at the young age of 2300!

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Navy's Latest Toy!

That's Pegasus! It's the Navy's X-47B UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle.) It takes off from, and lands back on an aircraft carrier. Flies at 40,000 feet for hours, and hours, and hours. No toilet needed.
I don't know what it costs, but it sure is neat!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Final Years of the Shuttle

Discovery on the Pad:
And, Endeavor returning from California to Florida:
Don't you just love this stuff?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Floating Over the Bay Area

on clear days, is this lovely blimp:

Which causes concern, questioning, and worry among the citizenry:
(I'm trying to get rid of old images.) (You might have guessed that.) (It's Year's end, after all.)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Foggy Bridges

Just having fun, that's all.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our Fighting Men

Michael Yon has changed his focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, with similar, fascinating results. He notes, for instance, that the troops retain their sense of humor.
(click to enlarge, and read)

Thursday, December 11, 2008


From the Sky Lounge at Roppongi Hills:
And then, an evening shot on a clear day with Fuji-san in the background.
And that's a view not often seen.
(I'm tempted to imagine being there about two centuries ago, when the views of Fuji-san were more often seen than not. Oh, well.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Automobiles in High School

My Headmaster's modest attempt at an automobile:
Ah, but then there was Mr. Ruge, the English Master. Now, he had style!

And, he paid great attention to detail:

We've tried to keep focused on style.

Monday, December 08, 2008

When Is A Tree Not A Tree?

 When it's a living fossil, of  course. (Or a mostly-useless herbal medicine.) It's the famed Ginkgo Biloba tree. I remember this from a long-ago Landscape Architecture course. Imagine my pleasure when I found that we had one on the property. It's a great tree to watch during the late Fall.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Bucolic Pastoral Scenes

But, once you have built a vinyl fence, you can always spot another one.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Today, Cameras!

I'm still (obviously) trying to learn the *new* and *improved* blogger. Not, I confess, easily. Anyway, today we have two camerapersons taking pictures (of each other?)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Into Automobiles Again

Here's my Dad's Roadmaster, waiting on a Union Pacific train in Wyoming. 1963?
And here's our gardener's old Packard, from (quite) a few years earlier:
Ah! Those were the days.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Last Gasp of Easy Money?

This is the Burj, in Dubai. It is to be the tallest building in the world. The crane operator at the tippy top of the construction is said to have not set foot on terra firma  for the last 5 just takes too long to travel up to work each day.
There is no market for this building, no large group of companies clamoring for acres of space on the upper floors, and nothing to see from up there except sand and the flat waters of the Gulf anyway. This is being built because someone had the money.
Not a good sign. Anyway, here it is in context:

Disturbing, is it not?