• what is known reveals what is unknown

    I discovered this video today thanks to a post on Facebook by Ian Culbard. It’s wonderful. It’s a vivid demonstration of how we are just a speck in the known universe, and how much we have yet to learn about the cosmos. Congratulations to the American Museum of Natural History for putting this together, and injecting a sense of awe into my day.

  • old magic persists

    Tree, water and moon at dusk. It’s still beautiful, despite the rows of houses stacked upon each other. Even in the urban environment the old magic persists.

  • a journey through time and space

    This is a video of VLT (Very Large Telescope) HD Timelapse Footage, taken on location by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado. I found my way to this glorious piece of video via the Astronomy Picture of the Day web site, although this is the longer version of the one featured on that site. Here’s some accompanying text explaining how this video was achieved: The frames have been digitally rotated so that it is the stars that stay (approximately) steady, and the Earth that moves beneath them. The video dramatically shows the actual rotation of the Earth, called diurnal motion, in a clear and moving way, as if the camera…

  • web morning

    This morning saw a beautiful combination of sunlight hitting wet trees and shrubs that were coated with a patina of frost. A mist curled up from the iced grass toward blue skies. Everywhere there were spider webs, jewelled with beads of water. One long chain formed a barrier across the path – I spotted it at the last moment and ducked underneath. Photographing cobwebs can be tricky, but I managed to snap a few of them. This was one of my favourite shots. Oh! The artless cunning of nature.