Archive for the 'Picture' Category

Some photos from the ice storm

December 30, 2013

Last weekend a big ice storm blew through our area. This is fairly unusual, and it caused a great deal of havoc for Christmas travellers. The biggest problem, however, was that the ice on the trees caused many branches to break, and the branches fell on power lines, and the power lines broke, and hundreds of thousands of people found themselves shivering in the dark on Christmas Eve.

Although the storm hit our immediate area, there seems to have been relatively little damage — certainly it wasn’t as bad here as it was downtown, where the trees are older and bigger. Anyway, I thought I’d post a few pictures that I took during and after the storm. Being more or less untroubled by the power outages, the main impression the storm left for me was its beauty: all those tree branches coated with ice, like a delicate filigree that shimmers in the light.


To get the car door open, we first tried a blow dryer, but eventually resorted to a hammer and chisel.


This branch is normally about 5 feet off the ground.


The morning after: ice and snow in the treetops.


It couldn’t be better if it was painted on.


In the evening light, the trees look as though they’re made of crystal. This photo doesn’t do them justice.


Another dusting of snow atop the ice.

Yesterday we had a bit of melting, so the heavy branches have had their burdens lifted to some degree. Tomorrow we drop back into the deep freeze, and winter is expected to proceed more or less as usual.

At San Clemente

August 28, 2013


My favourite church in Rome is the basilica of San Clemente, a building that is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but full of fascinating history as well. The middle section of this essay is a photographic tour of the church, and a pretty good one.

Pictures from space!

March 2, 2013

I never thought I would have something nice to say about Twitter, but yesterday I discovered Chris Hadfield’s Twitter feed. Commander Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, and he has a camera. He has been posting photos of the earth taken in his spare moments, and some of them are really striking.

Here is one that I like: Glasgow is on the right, and Loch Lomond stretches north above it. My wife and I walked the West Highland Way a few years ago, a portion of which runs along the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, and it is wonderful to see that terrain from so high.


Well, I cannot figure out how to actually show you a photo from a Twitter feed, but look here. There are many other wonderful pictures, of places all over the world.

Someone took a time-lapse photo of the International Space Station passing over my own city: here it is.

Camino feet

July 19, 2012

Only a few people know the reason for this post; apologies to everyone else. The tube is blister ointment, and the wrap is therapy for overstretched tendons.

Ultreya, peregrina!

Mr. Mom’s Kitchen-Cam

May 25, 2012

Modesty becomes me, but I do believe things have improved a little:

Feast of the Annunciation, 2012

March 25, 2012

The eyes of Our Lady are the only real child eyes that have ever been raised to our shame and sadness. Yes, lad, to pray to her properly, you have to feel those eyes of hers upon you. They are not the eyes of indulgence — for there is no indulgence without some kind of bitter experience. No, they are the eyes of tender compassion, sorrowful surprise, and with something more in them, something inconceivable, something that makes her younger than sin, younger than the human race from which she sprang, and though a mother, by grace Mother of All Graces, the youngest sister of the human race. (Bernanos)

Mr. Mom’s Kitchen-Cam

February 29, 2012

Nobody ever said this was going to be easy:

Can anyone identify this image?

September 8, 2011

In the comments to the previous post, Janet asks about the source for this image of the Coronation of the Virgin:

As I explained to her, I came across this image one day during my wanderings back and forth on the web, but I do not remember where I found it, nor have I been able to find it again. Does anyone recognize it?

UPDATE: Thanks to Chris Bennett, who tracked it down quickly. The image comes from Giovanni di Milano’s Coronación de la Virgen, which dates to c.1360, and is currently held in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. Never before have I had a compelling reason to visit Buenos Aires, but I have one now. A somewhat larger detail of the whole work can be seen here.

Thanks again, Chris Bennett!

Beautiful Antarctica

February 28, 2011

On this, the final day of “Antarctica Month”, I will get out of the way and let Antarctica speak for itself. Here are a selection of beautiful photographs. None of them were taken by me; click on the photos to be directed to the site of the (higher resolution) originals.

Farewell, Antarctica. It has been a good month.

(If some of the images don’t load, try re-freshing the page.)

Source: Genius Beauty

Source: Flickr (billadler)

Source: Flickr (State Library of New South Wales)

Source: Doug Thost

Source: Andy Townsend and Lyn Irvine

Source: Doug Thost

Source: Andy Townsend and Lyn Irvine

Source: Gentoo Multimedia

Source: PhotoBucket

Source: PhotoBucket

Source: ThundaFunda

Source: Doug Thost

Summertime second thoughts

August 15, 2010