Man Meets Humpback Whale

August 20, 2009

man meets humpback

Stunning.

Three more pics, and diver’s story, here.

Via Towleroad.

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International Space Station Captures Volcanic Eruption

June 23, 2009

Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands via International Space Station

Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands, taken by the International Space Station. Image courtesy NASA – click pic to enlarge.

More info here.


The White House Flickr Photo Stream: Get (More) Obsessed!

April 29, 2009

Nearly 300 photos and counting…

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table April 9, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table April 9, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama runs down the East Colonnade with family dog "Bo." 3/15/09 Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama runs down the East Colonnade with family dog "Bo." 3/15/09 Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama addresses U.S. troops during his visit to Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq 4/7/09. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. (I assume that's one of Saddam's palaces?!)

President Barack Obama addresses U.S. troops during his visit to Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq 4/7/09. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. (I assume that's one of Saddam's palaces?!)

Three more after the jump…

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Photographer Captures The End Of A Rainbow

March 30, 2009

jason-erdkamp-end of rainbow

Taken by Jason Erdkamp on his iPhone in Orange County, CA.  Source.


More Photos Of Tongan Volcanic Eruption

March 23, 2009

As I promised earlier, here are more photos – first and fifth in a series – from last week’s underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga. Click the pic for the full size version or go here for the complete gallery.

Photo: Dana Stephenson/Getty Images

Photo: Dana Stephenson/Getty Images

Photo: Dana Stephenson/Getty Images

Photo: Dana Stephenson/Getty Images

I really can’t imagine the amount of force at work here.


Underwater Volcano Near Tonga Erupts [Updated]

March 19, 2009

…and creates some amazing scenes that look like they’re pulled from a sci-fi disaster movie. Click to enlarge.

Photo: Lothar Slabon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Photo: Lothar Slabon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Photo: Matangi Tonga Online/Reuters

Photo: Matangi Tonga Online/Reuters

The volcano is only 6 miles from the South Pacific nation’s main island but is not expected to threaten human or fish life (?!). Full story here. This is sure to produce more photos; I’ll keep you posted.

Update: Video! It doesn’t quite capture the scale but it’s awe-inspiring nonetheless…


Photograph: Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Circa 1848

March 6, 2009

Sotheby’s is set to auction one of the oldest existing photographs of New York City and one of the only that depicts life beyond lower Manhattan:

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From ArtDaily.org:

“A half-plate daguerreotype of A Country Home Along ‘A Continuation of Broadway’ (est. $50/70,000), made in October 1848 or earlier, may be one of the earliest photographic views of New York City extant. This surprisingly detailed image of what is now Manhattan’s Upper West Side shows a stately home atop a hill with its vast lawn spread before it, newly planted with evergreens and surrounded by a crisply-rendered white picket fence. In the foreground, the daguerreotype shows what is almost certainly the old Bloomingdale Road, referred to as ‘a continuation of Broadway‘ in the New York City directories of the day.

The date and location of this image have been taken from a manuscript note which was folded and placed behind the daguerreotype plate in its original leather case.

Early daguerreotypes showing parts of New York City are exceedingly rare. Of the handful that can be dated to the 1840s and 1850s, all but the image offered here show buildings in Lower Manhattan, and only one is believed to precede the present daguerreotype in date. This image provides a unique glimpse into a hitherto unknown Manhattan: the country estates beyond the grid of downtown streets, the busy traffic of Broadway just beginning.”

Just look at that yard!

Via Towleroad.