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Veteran Cosmic Rocker
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“Human nature is full of riddles and contradictions; its very complexity engenders art—and by art I mean the search for something more than simple linear formulations, flat solutions, oversimplified explanations. One of these riddles is: how is it that people who have been crushed by the sheer weight of slavery and cast to the bottom of the pit can nevertheless find strength to rise up and free themselves, first in spirit and then in body; while those who soar unhampered over the peaks of freedom suddenly appear to lose the taste for freedom, lose the will to defend it, and, hopelessly confused and lost, almost begin to crave slavery. Or again: why is it that societies which have been benumbed for half a century by lies they have been forced to swallow find within themselves a certain lucidity of heart and soul which enables them to see things in their true perspective and to perceive the real meaning of events; whereas societies with access to every kind of information suddenly plunge into lethargy, into a kind of mass blindness, a kind of voluntary self deception.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Warning to the West

“Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. The contemplation of this world beckoned like a liberation... The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has proved itself as trustworthy, and I have never regretted having chosen it.”

Albert Einstein

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Celestial photography has brought a deeper appreciation to the visual sky. Observing and writing about the visual experience is how I now bring everything together. There is a real sky out there folks. Time to observe it. Appreciate it.
The Dark Deep Sky
The Dark Deep Sky
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The Dark Deep Sky
An observing report from this morning.  Images are from my archives. Enjoy! May 19, 2018 1:15 AM – 2:45 AM Skies clear with above average
transparency. Limiting magnitude 7.0 + SQM 21.7 MPSAS Milky Way vivid even on the south
horizon. The dark nebulae in ...
The Dark Deep Sky
The Dark Deep Sky
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And if our time has come
And if our race is run
Who will pay the bill
When you think the battle`s won
You hear the distant guns
Of all those fighting still
But the battle`s in our heads
One we always lose
Whichever side we choose


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Binocular views under the dark skies of eastern Maine. They'll be a little less astrophotography now.
Less Photography More Observing
Less Photography More Observing
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Less Photography More Observing
Recently, I have acquired a binocular telescope to sweep the stellar vistas I have spent so much time photographing.  The evolution from visual work to astrophotography and then back to visual astronomy is a natural one.  The cyclops view an unnatural one. ...
Less Photography More Observing
Less Photography More Observing
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"The most deadly criticism one could make of modern civilization is that apart from its man-made crises and catastrophes, is not humanly interesting. . . . In the end, such a civilization can produce only a mass man: incapable of spontaneous, self-directed activities: at best patient, docile, disciplined to monotonous work to an almost pathetic degree. . . . Ultimately such a society produces only two groups of men: the conditioners and the conditioned, the active and passive barbarians."

 —Lewis Mumford, 1951

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"We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are — as far as we know — the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious. We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself. I don’t know that, but we’re made of the same stuff that stars are made of, or that floats around in space. But we’re combined in such a way that we can describe what it’s like to be alive, to be witnesses. Most of our experience is that of being a witness. We see and hear and smell other things. I think being alive is responding."

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/28/mark-strand-creativity/
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My efforts with large format film. Daunting, but fun!
Large Format Astrophotography
Large Format Astrophotography
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