Thursday, July 24, 2008

Physics Lessons in a Hay Maze

This picture was made seconds before the tragedy occurred.

Hay Maze

Last weekend was the social event of the season for three year olds in our neck of the woods... A Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine. They had this swell hay maze as an added attraction. It was a whole lot of fun but there was an incident. I could see it unfolding as Thomas-crazed toddlers screamed down the raceways of the maze. There was nothing I could do but watch and then it was done. The head-on collision illustrated the pure kinetic energy of hyped-up youngsters running like the story book trains they adore. Both boys bounced off each other, flew backwards and landed on their backs. The oil crisis could be solved if we could harness this power.

But I believe there is good in all life experience and for my young lad, this spectacular crash is no exception. First, it is now imminently clear to him that an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. So... Pretty good for a three year old. He understands Newton's First Law of Motion. Second, Bridger now knows the secret remedy of tough guys everywhere... Walk it off. He was right back at it seconds later. They grow up so fast.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

There Aint No Cure For The Summertime Blues

... but there does seem to be a solution to the summertime greens.
No matter how hard one might try, mid-day light still sucks for making pictures.

There is a cure for the summertime blues

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

In Your Own Backyard

Check out the link to Nor'easter on the West Coast for some cool street photography by Justin Raden. It makes these flowers seem like a pretty wimpy subject. But, he lives in the Bay area and thats what he sees in his backyard. Here in Northern New Hampshire, Summer wildflowers are blooming all around our house. So... shoot what you got.

Cloudy Day Daisy

Black Eyed Susan Constellation

Black Eyed Susan Constellation
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