Analemma on The Southern Meridian
A graduated scale in the shape of a figure eight, indicating the sun’s declination and the equation of time for every day of the year and usually found on sundials and globes.
Northern Lights over an Erupting Volcano
In April 2010, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull spewed great ash clouds into the sky and caused enormous disruptions to air travel in Europe. The eruptions are best remembered for this inconvenience, but photographer James Appleton managed to capture the event in a different way. In the weeks before the disturbances, a vulcanologist friend of his alerted him to the unfolding volcanic drama, and Appleton travelled straight to the Icelandic mountain before it was closed off. Risking his life to battle extreme cold, high winds, and seismic activity, Appleton captured a rare but gorgeous scene: the glowing lava from an Eyjafjallajökull fissure with the Northern Lights—Aurora Borealis—overhead. These are two very different light sources, so “the photograph needed parts of the scene selectively blocked for sections of the exposure to balance the contrast,” Appleton recalls. “A Mars bar wrapper came in handy for this!”
Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand
Image Credit & Copyright: Witta Priester
Jan Saudek. Music. 1980.
Reblogged from myself because I still love it.
Say I forgot myself,
became a stutter of blue light swirling in a river’s bottom’s spiral,
my voice wet winter branches against a soot sky.
Say it’s the fog of my breath that’s wiped from windows,
my shadow sputtering at the screen.
Judy Jordan, from “A Taste for Falling” in Carolina Ghost Woods: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)