A last little snow, sometime in early March, I think.
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New Green Season 3, 2, 5, 6, c. 2014
Fujifilm Color 200
Pentax MX, Kalimar 500mm mirror lens
Supreme Court Permits Prayer at Greece, N.Y., Board Meetings: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the practice of public prayer before local-government meetings, rejecting arguments that overwhelmingly Christian invocations violate the constitutional bar on the establishment of an official religion.
The decision had an immediate effect. A federal judge in Baltimore, citing the Greece decision, on Monday lifted a preliminary injunction issued in March that restricted invocations at Carroll County, Md., commission meetings. The injunction had barred invoking “the name of a specific deity associated with any one specific faith or belief in prayers given at board meetings” while a legal challenge to Carroll County public prayers went forward.
Meanwhile, Greece town officials said they would continue to hold prayers at the beginning of meetings. “Today we have received the affirmation from the United States Supreme Court that this practice can and will continue,” said Bill Reilich, Greece’s town supervisor. – wsj.com, May 5, 2014
In the pamphlet, he points out that Jesus “abhors…an unwilling spouse, and to enter a forced bed: the will in worship, if true is like a free vote.” Thus, imposing Christianity on American Indians (or anyone else) is to Williams a rape of the soul. – Sarah Vowell, from The Wordy Shipmates
Note: Vowell is quoting Puritan minister Roger Williams, who founded the Rhode Island colony after being tossed out of Massachusetts for his nonconformist religious beliefs. The roots of American separation of church and state can be traced to Williams’ 1644 book The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience.
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Articles on display at the DB Cooper exhibit at WA State History Museum:
Notebook & Teletype Rolls, Spare Chute 1 & 2, c. 2014
Kodak Portra 400, handheld in available light
The phrase “You are being hijacked” was on a note Cooper handed to a flight attendant.
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Edit (argh): WSJ’s paywall is up on that article now, but you can read about the case at The Chicago Tribune.
Agaricus moelleri, aka Flat-topped Agaric, aka “The Prince Imposter.”
Prolific, ostentatious, attractive in that earthy way, adaptable and tempting, it strives to mimic Agaricus augustus – a sought-after edible known as The Prince that is favored for its firm flesh and almond-y perfume.
But no sweet duxelles to be had here. Much like its British buddy, The Yellow Stainer, A. moelleri will only give you a nasty case of the trots.
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Prince Imposter 3, 2, 1, 4, c. 2013
This is what happens when you have your windows cleaned for the first time in eight years: Turdus migratorius goes all Kamikaze, causing you to shoot an entire roll of Ektar in the shade.
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Post-Window Robin in the Morning 2 & 1, c. 2013
Pentax MX, SMC Pentax 75-150mm 1:4 zoom lens (#2 on an extension tube)
Kodak Ektar 100
Idiot creatures. What their purpose is, I have no idea; despite the nicknames Mosquito Hawk and ‘Skeeter Eater, they are as afraid of mosquitoes as they are everything else. Even their manner of flight is ugly, fluttering around in a panic like they have no navigational skills at all.
They are interesting up close, though. Look at those crazy mouth parts!
I’m fascinated with dead bugs. In life, they are to be zapped and swatted (some of them, and only in the house) (although crane flies kill themselves through stupidity), but once that’s done, what’s stopping me from admitting they’re beautiful? The strange lovely logic of nature.
(The defocused image was sort of hard to get; I mean, I’m right on top of the thing, so with that short depth of field and the insect’s pointiness, something or other kept creeping back into focus.)
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Crane Fly and Crane Fly Defocused, c. 2010
Lomographic Color 100
Pentax MX, Hoya 70-150mm 1:3.8 zoom on an extension tube
Interior natural available light, handheld
Ever since the happy result of last fall’s Pumpkin Blossoms, I’ve wasted inordinate hours (and millimeters) trying to produce double exposures that are as subtle as that one. In all these months I’ve come up with exactly three that even come close.
I like this one. Looks like one big web, but see that set of large-ish drops at lower center? They repeat at upper right center. (Hard to crop, though: wooden railings showing up at weird angles on three sides, and too much light in one corner.)
Not smoke in its face, but clouds in the background.
Meh. Neat trick, maybe.
And one runner-up:
A little too messy, but we’ll give it a pat for effort.
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Double Dewy Web, c. 2013
Sunflower + Sky (2), c. 2012
Kodak Portra 160s
Geminas flammis, c. 2013
Acers and then more acers, c. 2012
Kodak Portra 160s
Note: ‘though there are only two types of film here, these were all actually taken at different times between last fall and this spring. Sooo, I guess I know which films to stick with if I’m in the mood for shooting double exposures…(Pumpkin Blossoms was also in FP4+.)
A while ago, I failed three rolls of film in a row. For two of these I bravely admit to user error (you may recall Power Lifters); for the third, I will passive-aggressively mention that I think they hired a lot of new people at my preferred film lab (although, really, that one was my fault, too).
This caused me to retreat to the old familiars: a film that requires no thought, a lens that won’t scold, “techniques” I learned back in semester 1 of junior high photo class*, subjects I’ve seen so many times I could probably not even aim and they’d turn out all right.
At least I didn’t start taking pictures of *gag*hack*glrg*…”kittehs.”
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The Everyday: Ropes 1, Filters 1, Pilings, Filters 2, Wake, c. 2013
* How old I am: they don’t even make “junior high” schools any more.