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Welcome to the
Narratives and Lesson section of astrophotographs.com!
As is often the
case (at least with me) the photographs so often do not even
begin to tell the whole story. Perhaps the subject matter
is just too expansive, or more likely I just am not fully
able to describe what I see with mere images. It's also possible
that I enjoy telling stories! I certainly would welcome your
feedback, or any "astronomical" stories you may
want to share. We'll post them here on this site (with proper
copyright credit, of course) when appropriate. I hope you
explore the text links below to some of my astronomical adventures.
Please remember to share yours as well!
-- reflects on the 1991
Total Solar Eclipse,
as seen and photographed from Los Cabos, Mexico. I was able
to observe the eclipse with my two young sons, and ended up
also feeling the presence of some other family members. This
narrative was my mother's favorite, and was read at her funeral
a few years ago.
for Hyakutake (a letter)"
-- is a quickly put together astrophotography lesson for visiting
students from Cleveland viewing the comet. I wrote it as part
of a lesson plan for my old friend Jerry Miller, who teaches
a wonderful ecology-art-wilderness class via a field trip
concept. The students (many of whom have never previously
ventured farther than the local mall!) and instructor-guides
stay in tents at a decidedly desert-like valley setting east
of Moab, Utah. Days are filled with biology, ecology, hiking,
rafting and the like. Evenings are spent discussing such topics
as "Should Wilderness Areas Allow Human Access?"
and nights are . . . well, you know.
Ribbon of Sky"
-- was prompted by the constant small section of sky observed
when floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
It corresponds to the photograph "Canyon
None of my photos really do justice to this last great Earth-based
expedition available. Hopefully the narratives do better.
The more complete set of ravings and Grand Canyon photographs is available on my other web site.
in the Caribbean"
-- was written as a somewhat dry quasi-scientific piece inspired
by the Total Solar Eclipse in
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles in 1998.
Through the Night Sky"
-- describes waking up under the ultra-transparent night sky
of the Colorado Plateau in central Utah. Beautiful!
-- "submitted for you approval" is my modest tribute
to "The Twilight Zone." This narrative was included
as a caption to a somewhat "destroyed" photograph
of the Total Solar Eclipse in Mexico in 1991.
to CCD Imaging" -- is a (very) simplistic overview
or primer of CCD imaging. I'm no expert, to be sure; I've
written it only because I can't find anything else like it
on the 'net. Please be sure to take advantage of the many
references available, both on the web and through reading
and research. Also, if you're so inclined, please consider
the options offered by the Advanced Observing Program on Kitt
Peak, Arizona. Experience is still the best teacher!
Posada de Taos Astronomy Program -- Fall 2000 -- is the
"study guide" for an astronomy night we recently
held at the wonderful La
Posada de Taos Bed and Breakfast previous owned and run by friends Sandy
and Alan Thiese. They graciously invited Cheryl and I
down to enjoy their hospitality. Along the way we managed
to have a star party outside their place. This is the synopsis
of the event.
For a more general
visit to the dark and transparent Taos, New Mexico skies link
to Dark Sky Taos Astronomy Program
-- Fall 2003, a program offered through previous innkeeper
Pat Hoffman and the historic
San Geronimo Lodge.