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Snow, eh?

Snowflakes against the trees

I know, I know, I live in Cana­da. But every spring I get fooled into think­ing that maybe the snow’s done now till next winter.

Still. At least it’s an oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case one of my favourite graphs.

(284) I occasionally draw graphs

(The head­er image is actu­al­ly about 40 images, stacked using the same method I use for my star trails.)

Aurora Again

Aurora borealis

The north­ern lights put on a show again tonight.

I reprocessed one of the pho­tos. Which one do you prefer?

Aurora borealis

Yet another aurora post

Aurora borealis

You tired of these? Because I’m not.

It was warm enough that I stayed out­side of the car and watched the show. To the naked eye—to my naked eye, at least—the auro­ra weren’t as bright green as they appear in the pho­tos; more like a dull pale­ness in the sky. But you could see motion and struc­ture in them, which isn’t always the case.

About 450 shots, 5s each.

If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.

—Kurt Von­negut, Jr.

Still lives

Oranges in the fruit bowl
Rum floating on lemonade syrup
The spe­cif­ic grav­i­ty of rum in lemon­ade syrup is appar­ent­ly less than 1.
Flowers
I’m amazed, frankly, at how long these flow­ers have lasted.
Oranges in the fruit bowl
Oranges in our fruit bowl.
Oranges in the fruit bowlOranges in the fruit bowl

Nerdy details: All shot at 50mm, f/1.8, vary­ing shut­ter speeds.

The late show

Aurora Borealis

About mid­night last night, after I got home from get­ting half an hour of chilly star trails (and charged up the bat­ter­ies the cold killed), I checked the space-weath­er app on my phone. It told me I had a strong chance of see­ing some auro­ra if I left like right now.

So I did, and between about 12:15 and 1 AM, I got almost 400 pho­tos of north­ern lights.

And I made all 393 pho­tos into a 30-sec­ond time­lapse, too. (Every sec­ond of video rep­re­sents a minute of real time.)

Nerdy details: each pho­to is a 5‑second expo­sure, 11mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600. The pho­tos were edit­ed for brightness/contrast; the frames in the video are all straight-out-of-camera.