Tag Archives: Night

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

By Vladimir Brezina

We love to kayak around NYC at night!

(For one thing, we paddle faster at night…)

Night falls as we paddle down the East River
Manhattan shines forth
George Washington Bridge nocturne
Midtown Manhattan illuminations
Paddling down the East River at 3 AM

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

Travel Theme: Night

By Vladimir Brezina

Over on Where’s my backpack?, Ailsa has posted this week’s theme for her Travel Photo Challenge: Night.

Every now and again I travel for work to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I stay in the old town. The heat is unbearable and the air conditioning is spotty. But toward evening, as the air cools, I walk through the town. Invariably I end up on the esplanade, the vast grassy open space that separates the town from the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the old Spanish fortress that from a high promontory overlooks the town and the harbor. Many others are there to watch the sunset, to fly kites in the ever-present breeze, and to enjoy the soft night air. I randomly wander through the open space or just lie down in the grass under the darkening sky…

The Bright Lights of the Big City from Space

By Vladimir Brezina

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Video courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center:

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 29, 2012 from 05:33:11 to 05:48:10 GMT, on a pass from just southwest of Mexico to the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Newfoundland. This pass begins looking over Central America towards the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern United States. As the ISS travels northeast over the gulf, some southeastern United States cities can be distinguished, like New Orleans, Mobile, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. Continuing up the east coast, some northeastern states, like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City stand out brightly along the coastline. The Aurora Borealis shines in the background as the pass finishes near Newfoundland.

And notice the firmament of fixed stars unchanging above…

This is just one of the many amazing videos at this site.