Retrospective twenty-one (November 2013)

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 present here a gallery of images presented during November of 2013. 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. Note that this is the twenty-first in my series of retrospective posts. You may find interest in taking a look at the retrospective from two years ago and if you missed any of the others, you can find them all by clicking Retrospective in the tag cloud in the sidebar. Postscript: As I look over these images I can only suppose that our Pennsylvania weather was not all that conducive to fine photographs last year. Only three of these images are mine.

14 thoughts on “Retrospective twenty-one (November 2013)

  1. Wow, that flea portrait is something else. Kinda looks like a lobster which isn’t all that far fetched as they are related in a distant way. I like your balllistospore illustration … but it should be Usain Bolt and I don’t think even he could take off as fast as the spores eject. πŸ™‚

    • Although I had access to an SEM (scanning electron microscope) as both an undergraduate and a graduate student, I do no longer. I wish I could say that I had taken the image of the flea, it is terrific. The mechanism of flea jumping really caught my attention last year. A quick search turned up a couple of numbers. Fleas can jump 220 times their body length and 150 times their body height. If this were scaled to our size this would be equivalent to a 400m long jump (45X the human record which is, I think, 8.95m), and a 250m high jump (102X the human record which is, I think, 2.45m). That certainly puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it? And when one consider the ballistic shot of a fungal spore … then things get really crazy. Ain’t nature amazing?

  2. I do remember especially your awesome physics/engineering posts πŸ™‚

    What I like about your retrospectives is that adding images to this seemingly random composition adds another layer of … I am not sure how to describe it, of insight, of greatness …? Perhaps the poet fond of random collections was speaking πŸ™‚ But seriously, I suppose there is a branch of art theory that explores the value or collections or collages. I think they challenge the viewer to search for the hidden connections or to craft a story that strings them all together … so that you are not a passive viewer anymore but an active participant in a creative process.

    • I never thought of it that way Elke. I’ll have to give these retrospectives some deeper thought. Perhaps there is some thread which moves through all of my work. Although, I cannot imagine what that might be. Leave it to you to come up with this interesting hypothesis. D

  3. I prefer your three to the rest. I remember “Routine” … definitely not a run-of-the-mill image. Gorgeous color and composition. Any contests to enter these days? This one is surely a winner.

  4. And here we go into December. Did you say “rabbit rabbit” yesterday morning? My mom always used to say that if those were your first words in the morning of the first day of a month then you’d have luck all that month πŸ™‚

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