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February 17, 2015 in Landscapes

National Arboretum – Washington, DC

Tycho on the track. Enjoy…

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The changing light at San Francisco is none of your East Coast light
none of your pearly light of Paris
The light of San Francisco is a sea light an island light
And the light of fog blanketing the hills drifting in at night through the Golden Gate
to lie on the city at dawn And then the halcyon late mornings after the fog burns off
and the sun paints white houses with the sea light of Greece
with sharp clean shadows making the town look like it had just been painted
But the wind comes up at four o’clock sweeping the hills
And then the veil of light of early evening
And then another scrim when the new night fog floats in
And in that vale of light the city drifts anchorless upon the ocean
– Lawrence Ferlinghetti
 

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“It all began with Hemingway, as so many things do. Specifically with The Sun Also Rises, or, as the Brits call it, Fiesta. The latter title being apposite, because part of what I carried away from that book in my youth was the sense that drinking wine was cool and sophisticated. And let’s face it, this is one of the reasons we read books, especially in our youth, particularly books by Hemingway and Kerouac and Lawrence Durrell: to find out how to live and how to pose and where to travel and what to eat and drink and smoke along the way. Everybody in Hemingway’s first novel is drinking wine.” – Jay McInerney

 

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Napa California

On May 6, 2012 a perigee full moon appeared over San Francisco, the largest full moon of the year and one in which the earth was closest to the moon. It turned out to be smaller than I thought it would be and as we were late getting up on the hill across the bridge thus didn’t get the shot that we’d hoped for. According to some scientists a perigee moon is also associated with natural disasters. Interestingly enough, May 6 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the titanic!Super Moon over the golden gate bridge on May 6th, 2012.