Archive for December, 2007

Holiday Feast

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Participants (some eager, some not) in our traditional holiday lobster dinner.

Hana in the Snow

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

This afternoon Greg and Dave decided to take Hana out to play in the fresh snow in the front yard. Unfortunately, it was still snowing, so photographing the action was something of a challenge. All three of them had a good time, and some of the photos turned out okay. The better ones can be […]

High School Wrestling

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Tonight I went up to Mounds View and photographed a JV wrestling match with White Bear Lake. I had never photographed wrestling before, and it was a chance to see how the new camera would perform under the less than stellar illumination that is typical of high school gyms. I shot initially without flash, requiring […]

End of the World Must Be Near

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

There were news reports earlier this week that local financier Irwin Jacobs has started a fantasy fishing web site. This is apparently not a hoax, it was even reported in the Wall Street Journal (here). This isn’t some sort of low-key concept; the grand prize is one million dollars. Fantasy sports are pretty dippy, in […]

Colorful Quip

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

In the Science section of today’s NY Times, the lead article was about the nature of the universe. A major theme was: which came first, order or the universe. It was an interesting article, and this quip from legendary physicist Richard Feynman caught me eye: “Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as […]

Cross Country Skiing

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

This morning I went over to the Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis and photographed the 10K freestyle at the Preseason Physical Nordic Ski Race. The race started at 8 AM, which meant that the race was essentially over before the sun was shining on major portions of the course. I got some decent shots, which […]

Organs by Species

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

There was an article in the Science section of today’s NY Times about the propensity of animals who have a lot of fruit in their diets to enjoy alcohol. As the author, Natalie Angier, wrote: “”Nothing broadcasts the presence of ripe, digestible fruits as effectively as the aroma of fermentation.” She points out that humans […]

Run That One by Me Again

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Today William Slaten has a column on the Slate site where he discusses the recent research paper claiming that human evolution accelerated 40,000 years ago. Slaten discusses one part of the research not reported on by the main stream press, the claim that continuing human evolution is causing races to evolve away from each other. […]

Speedskating

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

When I got up this morning, I noticed that the predicted snow storm had not arrived. So, even though there was not the bright sunshine one might hope for, I again went down to Roseville to photograph some of the speedskating. Better shots from today can be seen here.

Speedskating

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

This morning I went down to the Oval in Roseville to photograph part of the John Rose Open. The meet is both today and tomorrow. Today’s competition featured pack skating. When the skaters first started competing this morning, there was a decent amount of sunshine, so their reflections in the ice were pretty good. Within […]