Foggy Holiday

One photo and a photo-panorama from December 24th, just because I haven’t posted anything in a while…

Foggy Christmas Eve

The panorama was six photos originally, stitched in Hugin. The flat grey foggy background seemed to cause Hugin some issues – notice how obvious a few of the vertical join lines are in the centre of the image. Odd.

CYYJ Fog Panorama

I had someone email me a few days ago about my Nov. 25th F-Spot blogpost and it’s long discussion thread. I’d planned to do a followup post in early December, but holidays and reality obviously got in the way, and I’ve got WordPress set up to automatically close commenting after three weeks to frustrate the spambots a bit. I’ll do a proper followup F-Spot post this week!

Hope everyone had a satisfactory, safe holiday season.

November 11th

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The poem itself on WikiSource; about the poem on Wikipedia.

Base image for the graphic above courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada. And I should note, in passing, that my text on the image recreates perhaps the best-known error possible with this famous poem…

O’er The Hills..

…but not all that far away, really.

Spent a long weekend up at my folk’s place, including a great (long) dayhike up in the mountains. Haven’t been up in the alpine in ages, and it was great to get back, sunburn and bugbites notwithstanding.

Mountain Garden
A Lake! I Have A Lake!
Another Mountain Lake
High Cirrus

This was shot in Vancouver on the way up to my folks – it was originally 7 images, stitched together in Hugin.
Vancouver's Pacific Central Station Panorama


Sundogs Over The Airport

A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, for “beside the sun”) is a common bright circular spot on a solar halo. It is an atmospheric optical phenomenon primarily associated with the reflection or refraction of sunlight by small ice crystals making up cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Often, two sun dogs can be seen (one on each side of the sun) simultaneously. — from Wikipedia’s “Sun Dog” article.

Spotted this evening on a bike ride around the airport. The sun is off the left side of the photo, and there was a second sundog to the left of the sun. Parhelia aren’t that rare, but they’re uncommon enough to be a cool sighting. This is why I carry my camera with me all the time — and why I have a camera small enough to carry all the time.