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Canon Powershot G11

Forest Mensuration

Glass: Symphony No. 9

Thursday
Sep182014

Shiva Nataraja

Shiva Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is an iconic representation of several of the the most important aspects of Hinduism. As Lord of Dance, Shiva performs the Tandava, the cosmic dance through which the universe is created, maintained, and dissolved. The dance is an allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy–creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. The purpose of Nataraja's dance is to release the souls of all men from the snares of delusion. From the Cincinnati Art Museum.  [NOTE: Shiva is dancing on the crouched back of the demon of ignorance].

Wednesday
Sep172014

Money For Nothing

The thought has occasionally crossed my mind as I was sliding down a muddy embankment with a leach climbing into my boot and reached out to grab a stem to steady myself and it was a spiny rattan that surely there are easier jobs out there. But, then, just as quickly, the next thought pops up that "yeah, but that ain't working, money for nothing". Video shows Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Sting (nice gassho at 0:59), and Phil Collins performing in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Monserrat benefit concert of September 1997. [NOTE: You might want to plug in headphones and turn this up a bit. Really nice. I want my MTV].

Tuesday
Sep162014

The Center for Art in Wood

Lovely gallery in the Old City District of Philadelphia. The permanent collection at The Center for Art in Wood features over 1000 objects from around the world, ranging from functional every-day objects made from wood to contemporary wood turning and woodworking sculpture. Really lovely. For additional stuff about wood go here, or here, or here, or here. Or maybe even here. [NOTE: I can be a bit obsessive about wood. Sorry].

Monday
Sep152014

Gotham

A film crew is set up in front of the Museum building this morning filming for the new TV show, Gotham. The series focuses on the early days of Detective James Gordon on the Gotham City police force and young Bruce Wayne. The Museum building is being used as the venue for Wayne's exclusive prep school in Gotham City. Could be hard to get to the library this morning. [NOTE: Difficult to pick out, but there is a group of young boys in blue blazers, regimental striped ties, and grey slacks walking down the stairs of the Musuem building. Would be quite a place for a prep school].

Friday
Sep122014

How Tall Is That Teak Tree?

This is all happening at the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary Forward Station in Homalin (see Sandstorm). The rangers had just put a growth band around one of the teak trees in the compound, i.e. the tree with the big leaves–and the metal dendrometer band–in the center of the image, and now they were measuring back 20 m to estimate its height with a clinometer.

So much that I like about this photo. The young ranger squatting next to the tree (his job was to hold the end of the tape), the white meter tape snakeing out from the tree, the gaggle of rangers clustered together to collaborate on the measurement of tree height (there was only one clinometer), and U Maung Win, warden of the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary, (in white plaid shirt and longyi) peeking out around the bole of the tree.  

My thoughts have started to turn, once again, to Myanmar. There is a trip back to Sagaing Region region planned for October 14, but, as of yet, no permits, no visas, and no plane tickets. I will keep you posted.