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December Sunrise in Douglas

December Douglas Dawn

Mt Roberts December Dawn

A week ago, I really liked the pre-dawn light and took the time to take some pictures. I mostly use auto-mode on my CoolPix 100. In low light it doesn’t always focus well and it tends towards making things too blue. But I still liked the way these photos turned out.

Public Domain Images from the British Library

Image taken from page 36 of 'Kenneth McAlpine: a tale of mountain, moorland, and sea'

I almost titled this post – “Not a job I’d want to have.” but that would be missing the point.

This is one of about 1,000,000 public domain images from books published between the 17th and 19th Century put on Flickr by the British Library. According to Boing Boing the point of this project is to put more material in the hands of researchers and the public to remix and reuse.

A quick glance of the images shows maps, animals, plants, advertisements, cartoons, portraits, landscapes and more. There are both color and black and white images. If you know someone who is a history researcher or just wants to put some retro elements into their work, point them to this image stream. Looks like there is more to come.

February raven

Raven on a Stroll

One more photo to give me practice cutting and pasting code from Flickr into a WordPress post. This is nearly as easy are blogging to Tumblr. That may mean I’ll be posting here more. Apologies for finding it hard to decide which social media platforms I want to use for which purposes.

Chile loves astronomy tourists

Chile takes astronomy tourism seriously

It’s time for a few experimental posts again. Flickr might be making it easier to post to WordPress. The Flickr to WordPress posting mechanism still leaves a lot to be desired – no way to schedule posts or add categories/tags. But it does make getting the code for the photo, title and caption pretty easy.

This is a photo I took I think in the La Serena airport, though it might have been Santiago. The large text on the post can be rendered something like Astronomical tourism is yours. Enjoy it. I saw several posters like this and a number of road signs that indicates that Chile is really pushing astronomy-based tourism. I wish them well and I recommend the country and the associated astronomy to you.

I know I still owe several days worth of Chile trip blog posts. They’re coming. Probably not until the weekend, but they are on their way.

Chile photos

100 inch telescope at Las Campanas Observatory

I got back from Chile on November 13, 2013. I have finally uploaded the last of the pictures I intend to share to Flickr. There were enough photos that I split them into three sets.

I hope to blog some of my favorite photos from these sets in the coming weeks, as well as finish my blog posts about my experience. Life has been especially busy and somewhat exhausting these past few weeks, but it’s mostly good.

from Tumblr http://alaskanlibrarian.tumblr.com/post/68585973401
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New phone camera

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Testing wordpress from my new android phone. This app version lets me queue posts.

Photo: “Main Street” Tenakee Springs

Tenakee Springs Alaska does not have any cars. This “main drag” is used by walkers, bicyclists and three wheelers. I believe the are some snow machines in use during winter. I’ve only been to Tenakee a few times, but I’ve really enjoyed my trips.

Photos: Like a duck to water

Like a duck to water by AlaskanLibrarian
Like a duck to water, a photo by AlaskanLibrarian on Flickr.

Upated 3/18/2012 – As Otto states in comments, the bird in the water is a Canadian Goose. I regret the misidentification.

One of my few consolations after my mother’s death in 2006 was to visit the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge in California.

That is where I took this picture of a duck swimming in one of the ponds on the grounds of the gardens. Click through to Flickr for more photos or visit http://descansogardens.org to plan your visit.

Photo: Under Merchants Wharf

Merchants’ Wharf in downtown Juneau has several popular restaurants. This a view from underneath the wharf taken in 2010. I try not to think about it too much. It does seem to be holding up ok.

Photo: A link to the outside world

Communication dishes in Barrow shot while I was at my Alaska Library Association conference in 2005. This was part of a two or three hour tour given by what seemed to be the happiest man in Barrow.

He attributed his happiness to ignoring the news. I think he might have been onto something.

Click through to Flickr to view more photos from this trip.

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