Corona Chronicles: July 18, 2021

Corona Chronicles XXXIV

Photographs by John McClenahen

Curb Stones
Windows of Chamonix
Le Dejuener
Siesta time

Thoughts on Travel
Paul Sheridan

Have been thinking about what we have been missing, and the recent Senior College Travelogues via Zoom, and wondering when when we will be able to get into Europe for an upcoming trip, but also able to be allowed back into the US? There are still “variants” out there to consider…so glad we delayed that bit of travel until Sept 2022.

From a previous European visit, these photos are from a trek tracing the “Trail of the Vikings” — somewhat in reverse, from Scotland up through the Shetlands, Orkneys, across to Bergen, Norway and Copenhagen. We travel to see the world from different perspectives, and these photos were from a camera that can make the invisible into the visible. We know that all lenses and cameras distort: we do know that the world is not flat, nor frozen in time.

Infrared light is just what it sounds like: beyond red. We cannot see it, but some animals can, as can some cameras. In fact the sensors in digital cameras do see infrared energy, and must be constructed with an internal filter to minimize it. “IR-converted” cameras have had the filter surgically removed, yielding somewhat monochrome pictures in deep purples and blues. Takes a small bit of software manipulation to bring the tones into line with something the human brain can appreciate.

Speaking of traveling, and appreciating what you have, right now:

A man sees an ad for a $50 cruise on Craigslist.
Despite his better judgement, he grabs some cash and makes his way to the address given in the ad.
He opens the door to a small office and is knocked unconscious from behind.
He wakes up tied to a barrel floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
“Well, this sucks,” he thinks out loud.
A second man floats by, also tied to a barrel.
“Tell me about it,” the second man replies. “This is worse than last year.”

Shetlands, Scotland
Jarlshof, Shetland
Railroad snow plow, West Scotland
Edvard Grieg’s view, Bergen
Roskilde, Denmark
Entering Copenhagen

Calling all animal
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Thoughts for the Day

Trust yourself; you know more than you think you do.

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

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