Author: rwanderman

About rwanderman

Retired technology consultant, amateur photographer, active hiker, retired climber, interested in almost everything.

Fern carpet

Fern carpet

Paradise Lane, Bear Mountain, Salisbury, Connecticut.

I haven’t done the hike from Salisbury to Bear Mountain for a number of years. It was nice to find this familiar fern grove as I’m sure I’ve shot it before.

Perfect day for a hike and for photography as well (overcast). But, I’m out of the habit of doing a lot of picture taking so I only took four images, two of which were terribly out of focus.

Makomanai Cemetery Buddha

The Makomanai Cemetery is on the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan. This 1500 ton stone Buddha sat alone, above ground for fifteen years. The cemetery hired architect Tadao Ando to change the relationship of the Buddha to the cemetery. He did this by building a hill of lavender plants around the statue and the results are spectacular.

Watch the video full screen. It has no sound that I know of but it’s perfect in silence.

Update: My friend Joy Brown found this video of the building of the hill around the Buddha.

[via Colossal]

Dirt to Shirt with TS Designs

In early July we saw an interesting segment on the PBS NewsHour:

‘Dirt to Shirt’ movement hopes to regrow local textile industry

I very much liked the spirit of this company and what they were attempting to do for North Carolina jobs and the textile industry in the south, which has pretty much all gone overseas.

In the comments section under the embedded video I asked about and was directed to their web site:

TS Designs

I ordered a few small t-shirts (I usually take a small from LL Bean and Lands End) and they arrived in short order nicely packaged. They were very nice shirts but a bit too small on me. My wife wanted them so no problem. Ordered a few medium shirts and they fit perfectly. Ordered some more (all of my t-shirts are in need of replacement) and I’m really liking them.

But, in addition to liking the shirts, I like that I’m ordering them from an American company and they’re made of cotton grown in that company’s home state of North Carolina.

I’ve corresponded with the owner of the company Eric Henry and he says the NewsHour piece has given them a huge spike in business. I hope a few of you reading this check them out and order some shirts.

Swamp reflection

Swamp reflection

Appalachian Trail, Merwinsville, Connecticut.

We hiked the first section of the AT in Connecticut (over Ten Mile Hill) and this swamp is right off Route 55. It always seems messy and uninteresting until you look closer and then interesting photographic possibilities open up.

This image was processed with Apple’s Photos application in macOS Sierra. This version of Photos isn’t very good and I’m no expert on using it but the Photos upgrade coming in the next MacOS update (High Sierra) looks excellent and I’m hoping its good enough at doing what I like so that I can move away from Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a great application that I’ve used since it came out but Adobe is moving away from stand-alone desktop applications and I don’t want to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud. Time will tell…

Hummingbirds in slow motion

Slow motion video of hummingbirds flying, shaking, and drinking from National Geographic. Fantastic.

We have about two dozen ruby throated hummingbirds who summer at our place. If a hummingbird is born here they get this location imprinted in their heads and when they fly to Mexico at the end of the summer and back next spring/summer, they come right back to our feeders. Seriously, if I move the feeder ten feet they hover at the old location and are pissed for a while until they find the new one.

[via The Kid Should See This]

One tree, one year

Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito kept a surveillance camera running for a year, aimed at a single tree in the Apennines (a mountain range in central Italy).

Numerous animals pass by the tree including boars, wolves, foxes, badgers, deer, and a bear (among others) who decides to scratch his back on the tree. This video is edited so that seasons fly by and animals come and go in succession.

Fascinating and brilliant.

[via Kottke.org]