Thursday, July 30, 2009

103 - History

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 27mm, iso100, 1/90, 1/20, 1/6 sec at f/16.0, +CPL

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. Henry Ford

A scene out of the 1930's on South Beach (Art Deco District). One of Miami's famous tourist destinations. Took this image yesterday, there was some processing...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

102 - Passion

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso100, 1/1000 sec at f/4.0

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” T. Alan Armstrong

Monday, July 27, 2009

101 - Colored

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso200, .7, 3 & 10 sec at f/13.0, Combined in Photomatix

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain

This car is unique in that it is one of the few remaining examples of a "Jim Crow" car. In the segregated South, the Seaboard Airline Railway was mandated by law to provide "separate but equal" facilities. The coach section of the car is divided into two, identical sections; one for white patrons and one for blacks. A small, "flip-over" sign, mounted on either side of the bulkhead separating the two sections, reads "WHITE" and "COLORED." In the convoluted thinking of the times, this sign made the accommodations of the car suitable for white passengers. Few realized that at the end of a run, the car was not turned around; only the signs were flipped over. The seats that were "good enough for blacks" now became perfectly acceptable for whites.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

100 - Health

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15, 1/4 & 1 sec at f/13.0, +Polarizer

Listened to the President tonight, talk about his plan to revamp our health care system. Then I came across what I think is an appropriate quote for this evening from a great American.

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. Walter Cronkite

The best of health to you all...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

99 - Blue Summer 3 or The Pink Beach

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/125 sec at f/13.0, +Pol.

When ever I see one of the shows "Top Beaches in the World" I have to chuckle, they haven't found some I've seen and their rating system seems to be a lot different than mine. Isolation, crystal clear water, warm water, soft pink sand give it a 10 in my system.

Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

96 - Titan - Largest Moon of Saturn

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1, 4 & 15 sec at f/13.0,

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.

Titan is the sixth ellipsoidal moon from Saturn. Frequently described as a planet-like moon, Titan has a diameter roughly 50% larger than Earth's moon and is 80% more massive. It is the 2nd largest moon in the Solar System, after Jupiter's moon Ganymede, and it is larger by volume than the smallest planet, Mercury, although only half as massive. Titan was the first known moon of Saturn, discovered in 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens.

Titan is primarily composed of water ice and rocky material. Much as with Venus until the Space Age, the dense, opaque atmosphere prevented understanding of Titan's surface until new information accumulated with the arrival of the Cassini-Huygens mission in 2004, including the discovery of liquid hydrocarbon lakes in the satellite's polar regions. These are the only large, stable bodies of surface liquid known to exist anywhere other than Earth. The surface is geologically young; although mountains and several possible cryovolcanoes have been discovered, it is relatively smooth and few impact craters have been discovered.

The atmosphere of Titan is largely composed of nitrogen and its climate includes methane and ethane clouds. The climate—including wind and rain—creates surface features that are similar to those on Earth, such as sand dunes and shorelines, and, like Earth, is dominated by seasonal weather patterns. With its liquids (both surface and subsurface) and robust nitrogen atmosphere, Titan is viewed as analogous to the early Earth, although at a much lower temperature. The satellite has thus been cited as a possible host for microbial extraterrestrial life or, at least, as a prebiotic environment rich in complex organic chemistry. Researchers have suggested a possible underground liquid ocean might serve as a biotic environment.


The above from Wikipedia for more Titan