Howdy y’all! I hope everyone’s getting ready for the weekend. I wanted take a moment before mine starts to highlight two photography sites for my friends Lacy D and Gary Rea.
Lacy D. Photos is Facebook-based for now. Lacy really enjoys photography of automobiles and just about everything else automotive. She lives in the Southeastern US and down here, we just tend to see a lot more nice cars, cars shows, antiques, and customized cars. What can I say? The weather simply affords it when compared to the “rust buckets” cars become in regions where they put as much road salt down as there is snow.
So check out Lacy D Photos on Facebook: Photog’s (What’s That Behind the Camera?), and catch her on her Twitter page.
Gary Rea in contrast, lives up in the Pacific Northwest. He’s really interested in long exposure photography and light painting. Gary’s concentration centers around nighttime and low-light conditions by default. So, I can really appreciate his work and eyes because I am well-aware of what it’s like haunting the city streets late at night with camera gear.
You can find Gary at Gary Rea Photography
I like Lacy’s and Gary’s approaches to the . . . → Read More: Lacy D. Photos & Gary Rea Photography
I didn’t really see anything extraordinary about it. Should I write home? I suppose after all, it was a nice North Carolina evening after a great couple of days of super warm weather!
The Boylan Street Bridge was a zoo with people and cameras, so I decided to go to a spot a little off the beaten path. This isn’t a spectacular photograph but I put the Archdale Building in there for reference. That’s where many of the NC Geologic and Soil Survey folks live Monday through Friday. Enjoy.
It required a little post-processing work but the green lights against the Archdale Building look cool with the orange.
Here is an interesting video of the Honshu Tsunami generated by an earthquake off the coast of the island of Japan on March 11, 2011. The video size makes it difficult to differentiate details:
Propagation of the March 11, 2011 Honshu tsunami was computed with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data. From the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, located at NOAA PMEL in Seattle, WA. See http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311
Hey all! Is anyone interested in having an herb garden this year and need a good starter seed kit? Well then stop on over to fellow blogger Kendra’s site New Life on a Homestead and enter to win at this direct link:
Kitchen Herb Value Pack Seeds Giveaway!
Hurry though because the giveaway end Sunday March 13th at 9 PM EDT! Good luck and make sure you check out New Life on a Homestead. Good information and fascinating stories.
Real quickly, I wanted to pass this along for any teachers interested in taking their classes on some very cool, extremely useful trips over to Historic Yates Mill County Park located just south of downtown Raleigh on Lake Wheeler Road.
Yates Mill Educators Open House 2011 – Register by march 21st
It’s geology! It’s biology! It’s hydrology! It’s engineering! The history from local Colonial Era life forward has practical relevance and implications as well. The variety of topics can be graduated to any level of student. In fact, I went on the Guided Mill Tour that’s open to the public three times last summer. No matter what the age, everyone always walked away with some good knowledge and a new understanding of just how important the mill was and still is. If I had to guess it’s because the whole park is sort of like a laboratory-slash-model, and the young ones easily stay focused.
If you are interested as an educator, you will not disappointed, so check them out! But first, go to the link below and give the nice people there a holler just to make sure they can accommodate your classes and requirements:
Yates Mill Field Trips . . . → Read More: Yates Mill Educators Open House 2011
Here’s a nifty little free program that’s been popping up more and more lately. It’s a Windows-based “real-time” global earthquake viewing program called Earthquake 3D. It’s nothing fancy, and for me it’s much more of a toy since I can kind of build a three-dimensional picture of things by virtue of years of experience.
I thought I’d post it up though with the most recent earthquake in the Canterbury, New Zealand region in the news. [Lyttelton & Christchurch]. There are two versions. One is less robust and free; whereas, the other requires a little donation but has a little bit more capability.
The download page is located HERE.
Earthquake 3D screen capture of Oceana – www.wolton.net, 2011
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on how this program works because I think most of you can figure it out. It’s pretty intuitive and the onboard Help page is pretty easy. Again, it’s a novelty tool for those interested in looking at global earthquakes in different ways and quickly.
I do want to mention to the families of the victims of the most recent earthquakes in Canterbury: The world is there with you at least in spirit. Many . . . → Read More: Earthquake 3D Global Monitor
Oh so much to do and in so little time. Isn’t that the way it always is? Getting ready to bounce down to Charleston, South Carolina to present a poster at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists [AEG]. The AEG is a pretty big group in the Carolinas. We boast either 1st or 2nd place in membership nation-wide. Check them out at the AEG website. They are mainly professionals, academics, and students, but you don’t have to be a member to go to quarterly dinners and presentation events [at least in the Carolinas Section anyhow]. Pretty cool.
As I mentioned above, I’m going to be presenting a poster. Posters are more my thing than full-blown presentations. Why? Because I like to converse with people. Poster sessions facilitate that much more than me yappin’ on stage for 30 minutes. Plus, I don’t have to deal with the typical laptop and projector problems often seen immediately following,
‘We’ve checked all this out. There’s no way it can go wrong.’
There was some back and forth between what I would be doing at the conference exactly as far as a poster or a presentation. We’ve settled on . . . → Read More: Annual Meeting of the AEG – Charleston
Howdy. I just wanted to give a shout out to a local blog writer John and his site Raleigh Nature. How I’m going to handle a blog roll is still up in the air at this point, so I though I’d just do it this way for now.
Raleigh Nature is probably the first local web page I found after moving here a few years back. It’s a cool site, has a great presentation, a user-friendly layout of links, and lots of photographs. I’d highly recommend Raleigh Nature if you are local to the Triangle, or if you simply want to read about the natural history of the area. Enjoy!
Howdy. I just wanted to give a plug to the American Institute of Professional Geologists. They are holding a conference in Lexington, Kentucky on August 7, 2010 titled:
Overview of Contaminated Site Investigation and Remediation
Obviously, this conference is geared toward an audience of your more hardcore geologists as well as those involved with soil and groundwater remediation and remediation technologies.
Yes. Yes. The conference certainly falls on a Saturday; however, it’s really inexpensive. Additionally, being on a Saturday really takes any business [or billable] conflicts out of the equation. Judging by the schedule it looks like this is going to be a pretty cool conference. Personally, I like this kind of situation as it’s very tactical… get in – get a big download of information – and bug out. No fuss. No muss.
I’m thinking about scooting right at the 5 p.m. closing. I spoke with someone today who told me that around the city of Lexington it’s all very beautiful horse farms. That means great photography material right there! Plus, the World Equestrian Games 2010 is being held at Kentucky Horse Park from late-September to early-October. The World Equestrian Games are, how should I put this? GINORMOUS!?!?! So . . . → Read More: AIPG – Kentucky Conference
Last week I visited the Raleigh Museum of Natural Sciences [RMNS]. My intention was to obtain a lot of photographs of North Carolinian rocks and minerals. I had known that the first Gold Rush after Colonization occurred in the Great Smoky Mountains and highlands in the western portion of the state between the Virginia and South Carolina borders. That post will come at a later date.
I’ve never been a huge dinosaur geologist. Frankly, I find broken brachiopods, crinoids, and other shell material far more interesting in the fossil department. However, RMNS has some pretty darn cool dinosaur exhibits that I grabbed some photographs of. One of the showcase exhibits is the Acrocanthosaurus atokensis. In Greek, that means “high-spined lizard from Atoka County” [Atoka County is approximately 150 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, OK]. Acrocanthosaurus was a smaller, less-muscular version of Tyrannosaurus rex [RMNS, 2010]. Acrocanthosaurus lived about 110 million years ago, making it early-Cretaceous in age.
Acrocanthosaurus is a Theropod. For scale in the photo below, it’s about 8-9 feet tall at the hip, making it a pretty big dude that I wouldn’t want to see while I was hanging out in the early-Cretaceous forest munching on some berries. . . . → Read More: Dinosaurs!