Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dusk on the River

I was riding home from work along Boston's Charles River around sunset this evening. I couldn't resist taking a few photos.

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's Spring -- Time to Get Out and Ride

Today spring arrived and it was time to start riding my bike to work again. The snow banks are finally gone and the bike lanes are available again.

But, yikes, am I out of shape!! Too much sitting around all winter. As I plodded along, other cyclists were passing me by. Then there's a modestly steep incline to get over the Longfellow Bridge in Boston. By the time I got there, I was out of steam and seemed to just be crawling up.

But despite the wind and chill, it was still good to get out and ride. And with daylight savings time, I could enjoy the longer scenic ride home along the Charles River (see photo at right).

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spring – I Can Feel It Coming!

When I went out this morning, I could feel it. Spring is coming! The sun was stronger, even if the air was cool. Even in the city, you can smell spring in the earth. Yep, it's only a week until the 1st day of spring!

And the crocuses are starting to shyly bloom. They stay close to the ground – never know when we’ll have another snow.
The yellow flower is in front our our home; the purples ones are next door.

The daffodils are coming up, too. It’s very sunny in the front, so spring comes a few week earlier to this front planter.

The daffidols in the planter are a couple of weeks from blooming (maybe less) .

Red buds on the maple tree in front of our place.

Besides the weather, the other sign of spring is the flipping of earth's axis. When it's winter in the northern hemisphere, the South Pole points to the sun. After the spring equinox, the North Pole points to the sun.

Some believe this flip of the poles, also shifts the gravitational field of the earth. As proof, it is said you can stand an egg on end on the spring equinox.

A quick search of the internet reveals this is true. See the various photos of eggs standing on end, not only accomplished by scientist in the lab, but also at home!

Leave a comment if you can get an egg to stand on end!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tattoo of Mythological Bird

Sometimes the art of tattooing can produce something of exceptional beauty. This young woman’s tattoo is on display at Boston’s Museum of Science. I found it most striking and beautiful.