Lenses, Filters and Apps! Oh My!

IMG_3566leaf480Another day, another distraction--a good one, mind you, if you have Iphone images to tweak while waiting for the dentist. Or a shopping wife.Aviary was bought by Adobe last year. Their IOS image editing app--for the rest of November--offers LOTS of free filters, overlays and other add-ons costing (if not worth) $200.Introducing the New Photo Editor by Aviary,  Now Part of the Adobe Family — Aviary BlogNovember on Goose Creek is incomplete without the illusory leaf-caught-in-mid-fall image. Thank you, parachute spiders, for the random silk from a tree branch … Continue Reading ››

Ineffable. But Effing Anyway.

radians_480I will consult my physics buddy to help explain in scientific terms this not-uncommonly observed way that light through pine needles displays as radians along concentric circles of light.  On the other hand,  understanding the chemistry of the paint doesn't add to our appreciation of a masterful work of art.I see this display often,  but a photograph that captures this phenomenon is rare in my archives, other than memory.Rarer still--a once in a lifetime experience for me, and the window is closing--is the view of radians, that quite by accident, I observed … Continue Reading ››

The Fragrance of Fall

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne


Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 5.43.29 PMI tried to imagine what the ancients must have made of a perihelion. It is one of the strangest celestial "omens" you might witness in the daytime sky.I took a picture, but not this one. Mine just shows an upside-down rainbow faintly overhead, and only pieces of this full feature-set of sky lights.We saw only the circumferential arc, the faint Parry supralateral and very faintly,  the upper tangent. The sun was below the local horizon, and at 2pm, the background brightness of the sky diminished … Continue Reading ››
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