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Birding at the Met Museum (New York)

I can’t embed this so you will have to visit the site: http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/birding/

It’s from a series of eclectic samples of the collection written by employees of the Met Museum (this one by editor Dale Tucker)

Pie Town, USA

Fascinating colour photos from the 1940s are rephotographed sometimes with the decendants of the people in the originals.

Picturing Pie Town, USA, In 1940 And Again Today by CLAIRE O’NEILL December 06, 2012

Originally photographed in940 by Russell Lee and rephotographed by Arthur Drooker in 2011+


need healing?

need healing?

partial eclipse (very)

partial eclipse Perth 5:30am 14 November pinhole camera

partial eclipse Perth 5:30am 14 November pinhole camera method

detail eclipse of partial eclipse see top right hand corner

just a bit on the top right corner

modernism has a lot to answer for

modernism has a lot to answer for

With dried orange peel flowers.

how to cook asparagus

Get a bit of butter heating in a frying pan

Run outside and cut some asparagus from the garden

Run inside before the butter goes more than slightly brown

Fry up the asparagus in butter until warmed and ever-so-slightly brown

Put on plate and squirt some fresh lemon or lime juice on them (also from the garden)

Eat straight away



never mistake couscous for cuscus

fantails poem

what movie am I? Grease
what movie am I?
The wiggles
Who am I? Anthony LaPaglia
Who am I? Wolverine
Who am I?
What movie am I? Transformers
Who am I?

word of the week: Derecho

From Wikipedia

Derecho comes from the Spanish word for “straight” (cf. “direct”) in contrast with a tornado which is a “twisted” wind.[1] The word was first used in the American Meteorological Journal in 1888 by Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs in a paper describing the phenomenon and based on a significant derecho event that crossed Iowa on 31 July 1877.[2]

A derecho ( /d??re?t?o?/; Spanish pronunciation: [de??et?o]; day-RAY-cho) is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms. Generally, derechos are convection-induced and take on a bow echo form of squall line, forming in an area of divergence in the upper levels of the troposphere, within a region of low-level warm air advection and rich low-level moisture. They travel quickly in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to an outflow boundary (gust front), except that the wind is sustained and increases in strength behind the front, generally exceeding hurricane-force. A warm-weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially during June and July in the Northern Hemisphere, within areas of moderately strong instability and moderately strong vertical wind shear. They may occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as during the daylight hours.



‘Some people climb a ladder to success we’ve dug a tunnel to success’ — Flight of the Concords