Valentine’s Day Symmetry

By Vladimir Brezina

An oldie but goodie—

Happy Valentine's Day!

A second contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Symmetry (the first contribution was here).

And, of course, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Symmetry

By Vladimir Brezina

These birds have a great sense of translational symmetry

Symmetry 1Symmetry 2Symmetry 3Symmetry 4

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Symmetry. A second contribution is here.

Details

By Vladimir Brezina

In the early spring, crocuses are just details in the bare landscape—

Details 1

and yet, on closer inspection, each flower reveals among its petals a host of insects, each a detailed world of its own—

Details 2
Details 3(more photos are here)

This was in early March 2012, a year in which spring came very early. Let’s hope that, in spite of some groundhogs’ predictions, it comes soon this year too…

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed Photo Challenge, Details, and also a second contribution to The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge, Scale. The first contribution was here.

Scale

By Vladimir Brezina

Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite ‘em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

And the great fleas, themselves, in turn
Have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still,
And greater still, and so on.

Scale 1 Scale 2Scale 3

But, big or little, they are all overwhelmed by the incoming tide—

Scale 4

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Scale.

Panorama

By Vladimir Brezina

Adobe Photoshop certainly makes nice panoramas. Here’s a 180-degree panorama of NYC’s frozen Central Park Reservoir, stitched together from 10 individual photos.

Central Park Reservoir panorama

I haven’t posted many panoramas on Wind Against Current, because the results have always seemed unsatisfactory. The panoramas are long and narrow, and so unimpressive when wedged into the 500-pixel width of our page. You can always click on the panorama to expand it (try it on the panorama above), but even so…

How about presenting the panorama this way?

Central Park Reservoir panorama, rotated

All you have to do is rotate your device 90 degrees, and scroll through ;-)

Maybe this will start a trend—but I wouldn’t count on it. :-)

NYC’s Magical Snow Day

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Johna Till Johnson and Vladimir Brezina

Johna exploring a snow fort in Central Park (photo by Vlad)

By rights, New York City should still be digging out from the blizzard that was to be “historic, catastrophic”—except that it wasn’t.

The storm was predicted to bury New York in up to thirty inches of snow. In anticipation, the Mayor and the Governor declared a state of emergency, shut down the subway system, and banned all vehicles (including taxis and delivery bicycles) on the grounds that stalled vehicles would impede emergency efforts.

And then the blizzard didn’t happen. True, Long Island got a couple of feet of snow. And coastal New England, including Boston, got hammered.

But here in New York, we awoke to a mere eight inches of snow in Central Park… and a government-mandated, universally observed, snow day.

It was great!

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Depth

By Vladimir Brezina

At the bottom of the depth above—

Depth 1
Depth 2
Depth 3

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Depth.