020118: New Landscapes

Since the earliest days of photography the landscape has provided seemingly endless subject matter for the adventurous photographer. From the exploits of William Henry Jackson in the 1800s to Ansel Adams in the 1900s to today’s latest crop of photographers, gaining access to the “perfect” vantage point has always been key.

As technology has rapidly advanced that access has expanded greatly. Aerial photography gave us fresh and new views of our environment. Drones have now vastly expanded that view.

And today satellites and space missions have introduced us to views we never could have  imagined. In a previous post (Circles and Arcs) I introduced stunning images of Saturn and its moons taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Today’s images come from NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover. Yes, these landscapes, or should I say “Marscapes”, show us scenes that seem almost familiar.

Thanks to the fine people at NASA there are huge collections of images available to all for viewing. In the case of Mars there are many, many high resolution images available with all necessary scientific information relating to each specific location photographed.

FYI – NASA’s budget continues to be cut. Non-science bureaucrats have been given the reins at government agencies

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Thanks for the visit.

Awaiting the Storm

IMG_8419_01_LR_12I ran out early this morning to photograph the first wave of snow – part of what I am sure will be the worst storm of the season – or was it going to be the worst of the century – or millennium – I forget which – the forecasters keep changing the predictions. What they don’t change, though, is just how dire our fate is. Here is a map from weather.com earlier today. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

weathermapBy the time you read this you might have already heard our fate here in the Northeast – whether or not civilization as we know it will survive! Just a note – it is February. It’s supposed to snow. Enjoy the snow.

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Personal business had me on the road unexpectedly this past week, thus the day late posting. With few opportunities to take pictures I decided to (safely) make use of drive time to put my “point and shoot” to good use. Hits and misses can be largely random. Sometimes they can produce interesting results. Here are a few of those from the trip:

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One last note – The following piece, a new work of mine (which ran in last week’s post) was selected for a show scheduled to open tomorrow, February 9, at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. The juror of the show was Carrie Haddad, owner of the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.

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