TIL

C1_7665Out of the Internet’s entire encyclopedic array of acronyms, TIL strikes me as one of the most pleasant: Today I Learned. For example, today I learned construction companies keep blueprints and other documents inside a PVC tube that’s capped at both ends, an object that looks a lot like a pipe bomb when it inadvertently falls off of a truck near a public building. I also learned Bentonville has a bomb squad, one of six in the state. It deploys a fun robot that reminds me of a Mars rover. This minor bomb scare took place today across the street from my office.

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C1_7666Today I learned my office has a pull-down ladder that leads to the roof, which is a challenge to climb with a camera, a notebook and an umbrella. Watch out for the big old cellar spider on the way up.

I walked around the square for a bit after the lunch-time excitement. The all-day rain was crappy, but temperatures in the 50s, 60s and maybe even 70s this week will be worth it. Plants are already reacting to the warmth.

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C1_7671Finally, today I learned the texture of water under rainfall is beautiful and elegant when frozen in a photograph. I learned those little water droplets that plop up from the center of a splash move really fast — they were blurry with a shutter speed of 1/200th of a second.

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C1_7790I hope to say TIL forever. Thanks for looking.

Dan

Thaw

_C1_6145We’re less than a third of the way through winter, and it feels like spring. Never pass up a warm January day.

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_C1_6235Last time I was in Ozark National Forest, I focused on reaching a 10-foot waterfall; the prize this weekend was more along the lines of this 10-millimeter-tall moss. A forest on the small scale is full of intricate branches and fractals and spirals.

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_C1_6392_C1_6429I know I’m on a bit of a nature/tight-frame kick lately; I hope it’s not repetitive yet. Street photography’s the plan for at least the next week or two.

A forest isn’t a bad subject, though, even in January. Icicles 10 feet long were polished to smooth, lethal-looking blades by the warmer temperatures, for example.

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_C1_6382Thanks for lookin’,

Dan