January 5, 2012

The moon has been an object of fascination since the beginning of recorded history.  Last month was no different when I purchased a new toy for my camera: a telescope adaptor!

Borrowing a friend’s telescope for a few days, I managed to shoot my first (albeit blurry) images of the moon.  Obviously there are better examples out there, but this one is mine and I like it.  I now have an appreciation just how hard (and how expensive) a hobby astrophotography must be.  The rewards, however, might just be worth it.  Buying an expensive telescope has always been on my wish list…

Earlier last month, I captured this image of lunar eclipse without a telescope.  Quite small in comparison don’t you think?  The moon is 1/6th the size of Earth but without a basis for comparison, it really is hard to tell…


June 23, 2010

Fluff builds up around a tree in Beatrix Park, AmsterdamA strange phenomenon has presented itself to me in Beatrix Park over these last few weeks.  At first, it looks like snow, but as you peer closer, it seems to be some kind of dandruffy material that has been released by the trees.  So much of it is released, in fact, that you can see it flying through the air, blocks and blocks away.

Of course, those friends of mine that take issue with highly pollinated and generally polluted air have taken great at its invasive tactics.  I, on the other hand, think its kinda interesting.

What is it though?

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Albert Cuypmarkt

May 27, 2010

Hey thanks! Yeah I’ll have that spring roll for a euro! Oh, and that delicious, hot stroopwafel, alstublieft. Oh, you want to give me that freshly squeezed orange juice too? While we are here, let’s just get a kilo of chicken fillets for five euro, and a bag of 20 red chilies for 1.50. Chili Chicken anyone?

Consider this your only warning! The Albert Cuypmarkt is awesome. Located on Albert Cuypstraat in the Amsterdam suburb of De Pijp, it’s a short stroll from the Heineken Experience. It is large, meaning that it has over 300 stalls, and it is diverse, meaning that in the space of just a few blocks, you can get practically anything.  So, make sure to bring some coin, and a backpack of some kind, because you wont be going home empty handed.  You cannot resist its powers.  If you didn’t bring a wad of money, you’ll end up walking all over town looking for a geldautomat and, I don’t know about you, but I still can’t say that in Dutch.

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