Monday, October 20, 2008

Spirit Landing on Mars

I am still amazed at what we can do. Here, if you haven't seen it before, is how you send a rover to Mars. And here might be the first planet in our solar system that we step foot on. Just wait.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Deep Sea Fish

Deepest-living Fishes Caught On Camera For First Time

ScienceDaily (2008-10-08) -- Scientists filming in one of the world's deepest ocean trenches have found groups of highly sociable snailfish swarming over their bait, nearly five miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. This is the first time cameras have been sent to this depth. ... > read full article

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Walk in the Woods

A walk in the woods. What's the point??

It's difficult to convey the moments of experience. We have cameras and words to help describe our experiences. A simple walk in the woods can reflect so much, but the ability to express and capture these moments doesn't even begin to rival the time itself . And it is unfortunate that more of us can't feel and enjoy the small slices of peace that we sometimes are presented. At least for me, a simple walk in the woods can literally do wonders..

And the surprises on a walk like that can refresh the wonder, curiosity, and bio-aesthetic appreciation that we all have. As I walked with my children, we discovered a snake skin, funky fungus, footprints, cicada shells, two deer, and a vine to swing from. Soon my children were ahead of me at a reasonable distance. Slanted pillars of sunlight plunged through to the forest floor as I manuevered around them. Insects vocalized into a comfortably numbing audio background. Glistening spider-webs appeared like hanging mirrors. Perfectly structured webs. Reflections of ancient DNA. A grand history of arachnid success discovered by mere observation.

A walk in the woods can be inspiring.