Friday, August 28, 2020

1963 Amphicar 770

 I really don't know anything about this car - I think it has already been sold.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Imke under tow

  Cargo ship Imke ran aground earlier in August while delivering a shipment of turbine blades to Ogdensburg, NY on the St. Lawrence Seaway for a wind farm. Was being towed back to Montreal. There is a wind farm on the mountains behind it.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Moon Saturn Jupiter Milky Way

Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Milky Way over St. Lawrence River. The Milky Way seems to rise from the Mohawk reserve of Akwesasne - the legend I heard was that the spirits of the people who died would remain near their homes until a day in the fall where they would leave and continue their journey by the Milky Way.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mayfly Sandal Amaryllis Kiwis

Giant Burrowing Mayfly, Hexagenia limbata, female subimago, éphémère, manne, on sandal
Kiwis and Amaryllis

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Saturn, Jupiter with two of its moons

Saturn and Jupiter, Evening, July 21, 2020

Detail - two moons of Jupiter, maybe Europa and Io.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Tasteless but topical hammock joke

Funny how everyone automatically socially distances themselves from me when I'm in this hammock:

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Comet Neowise

Blurry, early evening July 15
Evening, July 17, 2020
Evening, July 20, 2020
Evening, July 21, 2020, with satellite.

Evening, July 23, over house

Evening, July 24, over trees
Evening, July 28, fading!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Venus over Aldebaran

I was trying to find Comet Neowise but there were clouds close to the horizon that blocked it. This is Venus over the orange giant star Aldebaran, from 'Al Dabaran' (الدبران) which means 'the follower' in Arabic, since it seems to follow the Pleiades. The image is not really the discs of either Venus or Aldebaran, just that they are slightly out of focus.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Walking pen nib, Bupreste du tremble (Metallic Wood-boring Beetle), Dicerca sp.

I thought this was a pen nib - when I picked it up the legs began to unfold, but folded back up when I put it down. After a while it started walking about on my desk. Ruler in inches.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Two baby red squirrels emerge from nest

I didn't put the crabapple there - maybe their parents had cached it there - they were in a hole in this tree.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

No, that's not a 17th century poisoner's book

This book, which was hollowed out and contained several tiny drawers and a glass bottle, was presented as a "Medieval" poison cabinet, "bound around the year 1600" and an "Assassin’s arsenal" in places around the web - the writers of these articles failed to notice that the auction house that was selling it listed it as a " Historism, 17th-century style.", which in Germany means something that is a reproduction meant to look like something made in a past age. The date that the artifact was made was not estimated, but the art movement that produced historisms flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century. Parts of the artwork could be older, like the engraving that was pasted on the inside cover, but the final product was finished much later.

(Image via Imgur)

And here is a listing for a similar book that looks like it was made by the same artist, that dates it to the 19th Century:

and another similar one sold by Hermann Historica

The artist is making an untranslatable joke here - these are called Giftschränkchen - 'little poison cabinet' - literally a poison cabinet is a place where medicines that could be dangerous were kept, but a Giftschrank is also a place in a library where books that were restricted circulation were kept - after the war these could include Nazi literature like Mein Kampf. So it's a book that's a poison cabinet that should be in a poison cabinet!
There is an anachronism in the piece that shows it wasn't made in the 17th century - I'll leave it to the reader to find it!