A Thin Layer of Air

Naomi and I went to Buck Lake to enjoy the night. The glow of Orlando can be seen on the horizon. Humans inhabit this small planet within a thin layer of air. Beyond that is an unimaginably large universe. While full of stars and planets, we have found no other substitute out there for this world; no place we could actually live. Click on the image for a larger view.

Full Moon over Buck Lake

My current project has kept me busy. I have only found time to get out at night for some fresh air. We have had very clear nights for a week that have coincided with the full moon.

The camera does not see the night as we do. When light levels dip below a certain point, human vision loses the ability to perceive color. The camera does not. Night images can appear as if they were taken during the day. The moon reflects sunshine without altering its color. The angular size of the moon is the same as the sun. Only the stars visible in the sky betray the illusion. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is found on trees throughout the South. While called a moss, it is actually a flowering plant. It used to be used commercially in the early 20th century as padding in car seats. Click on the image for a larger view.

The Aftermath of Irma

Hurricane Irma swept through Florida on September 10th and 11th. It was a devastating storm that people are still recovering from. This was taken this evening near the St. John River in Brevard county, nearly a month after Irma passed through. Click on the image for a larger view.

Shitamachi

Shitamachi is literally “downtown.” Its connotation is that of an unchanging working-class neighborhood populated by Edokko, or Tokyoites. Tokyo has a reputation as Japan’s modern city, yet sections seem to miss the constant development. Yanaka, just north of Ueno park, is probably one of the most recognized Shitamachi.

While Yanaka is well within the modern Tokyo today, that was not always the case. The Great Fire of Meireki in 1657 destroyed 65% of Tokyo, then called Edo, and claimed over 100,000 lives. Thought to have started in a temple, the Tokugawa Shogunate moved many temples outside the city to the north. Yanaka was one of the towns created from that migration. This image is from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness. Click on the image for a larger view.

In a Field

Everything in Florida is green. The endless summer means trees can hold their foliage year round. To see a barren tree that appears too young to have died from natural causes is odd. I wonder if this was a casualty of Hurricane Irma (see this tree one month later). Click on the image for a larger view.

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Swamp

A large conservation area abuts our community. Most of the land is forested, but very different to the forests on Maine. While fern is common to both places, the forest floor is entirely underwater. Click on the image for a larger view.

After Irma

Hurricane Irma has passed. We were very fortunate not to have sustained any major damage, not everyone in Florida and the Caribbean were so lucky. Irma was only a category 2 storm when it reached us, with sustained winds of around 80 mph. While there may not be much obvious damage, the storm makes significant impact to the environment. Compare the tree in front of our house today with its condition just before Irma arrived yesterday. Notice the loss of foliage in the canopy. Click on the image for a larger view.

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A Liquid World

The rain and wind from Hurricane Irma has picked up. Click on the image for a larger view.