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May 282014
 

Twenty-three years ago today, Merri Rudd and I wed in our backyard. In six months, we’ll be halfway to 47 years of marriage. These are scans of the photos — yup, we’re older than digital photography — most of which were taken by Steve O’Neill (thanks, Droogie). See the wedding album.

groom and bridethe proposalin the Albuquerque Journalour vowsour ringscake cuttingAdrienne EdwardsJudge Bill Bivens, Merri Rudd, Mark Justice Hintongroom and bridebride and groom in our native wildflower gardenthe bride dinesMaid of Honor Ann Prince with Merri RuddSteve O'Neill, who took many of these photosDroogsDonavon RobertsDonavon Roberts, Mark Justice Hinton, Merri Rudd, Ann PrinceDonavon Roberts and mjhmAry SmithmAry Smith, Ann Prince, Merri RuddKris Osnesthe wedding party

 Posted by at 7:47 am on Wed 05/28/14
May 172014
 

Autumn's theater

Is the reindeer helping the cow look out the window? Are they going for help or escaping? Do they even know if Dora is passed-out or dead? Only Autumn knows — she arranged this tableaux. (Strangely, Dora calls to mind the landscape painting with Icarus crashing into the water in the distance. I’m getting an insight into the therapeutic use of stuffed animals.)

Here, the artist contemplates her tools.

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 Posted by at 12:02 pm on Sat 05/17/14
May 152014
 

The Bing photo of the day brings the dismal fate of axoloti, plus the words neoteny and endorheic lake, to my attention (I’m surrounded by the latter). It’s one thing to be food, another to be poisoned into extinction, but to survive solely to be be mutilated “for science” is tragic [shakes his fist].

Axolotl – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As of 2010, wild axolotls were near extinction due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution. They are currently listed by CITES as an endangered species and by IUCN as critically endangered in the wild, with a decreasing population. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs. Axolotls were also sold as food in Mexican markets and were a staple in the Aztec diet.

A four month long search in 2013 turned up no surviving individuals in the wild. Previous surveys in 1998, 2003 and 2008 had found 6000, 1000 and 100 axolotls per square kilometer in its Lake Xochimilco habitat, respectively.

Axolotl – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Endorheic basin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New Mexico has a number of desert endorheic basins including:

Endorheic basin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Posted by at 6:54 am on Thu 05/15/14
Feb 042012
 

Many of the photographs in this entry are from APOD, Astronomy Photo of the Day [recommended] or the NASA Image of the Day [also recommended].

APOD 2012 January 9 – Facing NGC 6946

2012 January 9
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Facing NGC 6946
Composite Image Data – Subaru Telescope (NAOJ) and Robert Gendler; Processing – Robert Gendler

APOD 2012 January 7 – Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232

2012 January 7
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Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232
Image Credit: FORS, 8.2-meter VLT Antu, ESO

APOD 2011 November 26 – Pelican Nebula Close Up

2011 November 26
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Pelican Nebula Close-up
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh

APOD 2011 November 13 – The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble

2011 November 13
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The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

APOD 2011 October 29 – Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 from Hubble

2011 October 29
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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 from Hubble
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA); Acknowledgement: A. Reiss et al. (JHU)

APOD 2011 October 25 – IC 1805 The Heart Nebula in HDR

2011 October 25
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IC 1805: The Heart Nebula in HDR
Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel Verloop (Beursacademie)

APOD 2011 September 22 – Arp 272

2011 September 22
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Arp 272
Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA; Processing - Martin Pugh

APOD 2011 September 21 – Pleiades Deep Field

2011 September 21
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Pleiades Deep Field
Image Credit & Copyright: Stanislav Volskiy


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 Posted by at 5:47 am on Sat 02/04/12