Friday, March 31, 2006

Green and Black Aurora Over Norway

Credit & Copyright: Frank Andreassen (

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Surface of Mars?

Photo by D. Bowden 2001
This is actually Death Valley, California! Jon and I were here in August 2001.
It was a balmy 126 degrees this day. But it was a "dry" heat. (sarcasm)

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A three-month-old baby pygmy hippopotamus swims by his grazing mother at Henry Doorly Zoo Friday, March 24, 2006, in Omaha, Neb.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Neuschwanstein Castle in Winter

Neuschwanstein, the (relatively)
modern fairy-tale castle of Bavaria,

inspired the modern fairy-tale castle
at Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

For My Dear Sister

Diane and Debbie 1975
I carry your heart
(I carry it in my heart)
by E.E.Cummings

I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart
I am never without it, anywhere I go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my
I fear no fate, for you are my fate, my sweet
I want no world, for beautiful you are my world, my
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root
and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart

Monday, March 13, 2006

Chicago River dyed green for St. Paddy's Day

Every year on St. Patrick's Day, the river is dyed green. The Pipefitters Union uses fluorescein dye which can also be used to study moving water. While in 1962, 100 pounds (45 kg) of dye were used, more recently the amount has been decreased to about 40 pounds (18 kg). The tradition of dying the river green for St. Patrick's Day dates back more than 40 years.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

My Favorite Wizard of Oz Character

Billie Burke as "Glinda the good witch of the north"
Who is your favorite Wizard of Oz character?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Zion National Park

I took these photos along with many others during our trip out west in 1998. I have never seen such magnificent colors. Oranges, reds, and the green of the foliage...the turquoise skies.
Mother Nature is Awesome.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Mule train down into Grand Canyon

My family and I were here in 1998 and my husband and I want to go back. No photograph can do justice to the magnificence and beauty of this natural wonder.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Albino Peacock

The white color of this albino peacock is due to the missing black melanine pigment. The usual rich colors of the peacock are seen because black pigment which absorbs most of the incident light, allowing us to see only the interference colors. In this peacock, the interference is still happening, but the effect is entirely washed out by the abundance of white light. In this albino, you can see that the "eyes" of the tail feathers are clear, not colored.