Retrospective seven (September 2012)

Given the way in which blogs are presented, I am convinced that posts which reside more than a scroll or two behind the most recent are doomed to languish and to be forgotten. Because I believe there is value in looking at contributions from days, weeks, and even months ago, I have decided to post a gallery of images presented during September of 2012. Perhaps it will be interesting to scroll through these and to compare them to those presented during this past month. Be patient, it may take several minutes for all of the images to load fully. Hovering over an image will reveal its title. Clicking one will take you to a carousel view and you can either move through the collection or click the links to read each post in its original form.

14 thoughts on “Retrospective seven (September 2012)

  1. I tried to pick a favourite and had to come back three times to really make up my mind. I think I have settled on different strokes. Some day I may take art classes and I can tell you right now that picture is the kind of image I want to create. Something that ‘says’ something. It and the one that follows when you click it offer a wonderful study in contrast.
    Trust physicist Elke to also harp on the pic with the secondary rainbow 🙂

  2. Again an impressive collection – the duplicate rainbow in particular! I learned a new word – snood. I don’t know what it is called in German – online dictionaries tell me the translation is equivalent to ‘hairnet’?

    I found ‘making of the shawl’ very interesting – buying mainly clothes produced industrially I tend to forgot how much work that used to be. But I have now found a small local knitting mill / ‘factory’ (not sure if it should be called a manufacture) in the neighborhood – so as a consumer I might score a bit higher on the sustainability scale in the future. I have done some research now and then on shops that sell clothes produced in our region and/or in a sustainable way … quite difficult.

    • Good for you Elke … the simple act of trying to buy items more locally is something which would improve the state of our economies (at all scales) if only more of us did it. It’s so much easier to do the wrong thing … isn’t it? Doing the right thing, in so many ways, is much more work. Is the entropy metaphor appropriate here? Doing the wrong thing is so much easier but leads to global disorder … doing the right thing is more difficult and would lead to a sustainable, near equilibrium, system. All systems tend toward disorder unless you put work into them – entropic doom will take hold unless, as a species, we’re willing to work at it much harder. The Second Law provides an answer to most questions … doesn’t it? D

      • Yes, it requires work to establish a state of higher entropy. I am not sure about considering industrial production or consumerism a state of disorder or the most probable state. But it certainly is a philosophical question! My favorite physics metaphor here (really only a far-fetched tongue-in-cheek metaphor) is a quantum state known as Bose-Einstein condensation … it’s a system composed of particles being in exactly the same state. This is only possible for particles of the boson variety. I enjoy calling people who, for example, buy the latest smartphone because everybody else does, bosons yearning for condensation 😉

  3. Another beautiful and story filled gallery. Thank you for sharing your delightful corner of the world with us.
    Was that one of Joanna’s creations winning a prize? If so, wonderful and very deserved. It looks like a traditional pattern … beautiful 🙂

    • Hi Seonaid. I’m sorry that I can’t tell you much about the weave structure of the shawl (only Joanna can do that) but I can tell you that the finished product did earn the second spot at the county fair in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania last year. Joanna’s team entered the same fair just a few weeks ago and earned Red Ribbons once more. The big state-wide sheep-to-shawl competition is held in January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. The team is already preparing for that with shawl design and preparation of the warp (the long threads) which takes several months. Thanks for the ‘thumbs up’ on the gallery. D

        • Yup. You got it. Historically, folks have used wooden or porcelain ‘eggs’ to not only encourage their hens to sit but to have them sit in the correct place. At one point our layers were depositing eggs all around the property in a variety of inappropriate locations. Who knows how a chicken’s brain works but once ersatz eggs are placed in the nest boxes in the layer house individuals take this as their cue to lay there themselves. I suppose the logic goes something like this, “Hey, there’s an egg in that nest box. Hmm, one of the other chickens saw fit to lay her egg here. Perhaps I will as well.” I would never have thought that a golf ball could act as a suitable replacement! I can still learn something every day! D

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