Uncovered in the Archives

I skipped over this image when I originally processed photos from this trip. I'm glad that I revisited the folder!
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Valley View Calm Evening Reflection
I found this image while revisiting a folder of images from a prior visit. It's hard to believe that I let it sit for so long!
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A Peaceful Moment in Yosemite

The moon and Half Dome, as seen from Ahwanee Meadow.
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Moon Over half Dome
This is an older photo of the moon over Yosemite's Half Dome that I just re-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5, Photomatix 5, and converted to black and white in onOne Perfect Effects 8.

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California Wildflower Season Begins

After catching the moon, Mars and Venus setting behind Mount Whitney Friday night, +Lori Hibbett and I continued south to Antelope Valley to check on the progress of the wildflowers, which will be blooming over the next 9 weeks. Many areas still have weeks to go before peak bloom, but some warm, well-lit locations like this are blooming a little early. This faces southeast, so the rocks reflect sunlight and radiate heat onto the patch of wildflowers below, bringing spring a little early.
I can't wait to get back out to Death Valley and surrounding areas when much of the Mojave Desert is blooming! Some folks are predicting the best bloom since the epic year of 2005, and in many places I've seen so far this year, I think that they're right.
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Red Rock Canyon State Park Last Friday
Wildflowers in the Mojave Desert near the town Mojave.

#redrockcanyon #statepark #california #photography
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Moon, Mars and Venus Conjunction over Mount Whitney

I was evaluating places to capture the moon with Mars and Venus nearby last Friday, and +Lori Hibbett suggested, "How about Mount Whitney?" Mount Whitney is the highest peak in America's contiguous 48 states, and is has a nice, pointy summit. I checked with +The Photographer's Ephemeris, and sure enough, there were several positions we could shoot from and capture the moon and planets setting.

Shooting the actual event was just as straightforward as expected based on the predictions. As the moon and planets set in the first location closest to the mountain, we moved back to the next location and captured them setting again. The sky was getting a little dark by the third location, roughly 2 hours after sunset, so it was time to head in for dinner at that point.

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Bridalveil Fall Reflection

I'm having good luck re-processing some old Yosemite images from the 2002 – 2009 time frame, produced before some of the newer versions of +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I'll leave many of the older images up for comparison, so I'm putting many of the newer ones on my +Yosemite National Park Workshops page.

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Bridalveil Fall in Late Summer
Bridalveil Creek is spring-fed, so it isn't as dependent on spring snowmelt as some of the other waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, but its flow can still get pretty meager in dry years.

This is a re-edit of a photo I took in August 2007. I produced this new version in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 and +HDRsoft Photomatix 5 (HDR) software.
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Science Does Not Support GMO Safety

The industry-funded campaigns to block GMO labelling laws brilliantly labelled anyone who simply wanted to know what they are eating as "anti-science", but what does science actually have to say about GMOs?

The vast majority of GMO products are modified to either be resistant to pesticide (Round-Up Ready) or they contain an insecticide. Here's the FDA's list: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fdcc/?set=Biocon

Follow links from there, and here's the FDA's letter accepting corn able to survive increased soakings of glyphosate Round-up herbicide:
"Based on the information Monsanto has presented to FDA, we have no further questions concerning food and feed derived from MON 87427 corn at this time. However, as you are aware, it is Monsanto’s continuing responsibility to ensure that foods marketed by the firm are safe…"
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/Biotechnology/Submissions/ucm304083.htm

So the FDA bases approval solely on the assurance of Monsanto?

Let's look it up another way, through the data on glyphosate, the herbicide known by the brand Round-Up(TM):
http://www.epa.gov/ncea/iris/subst/0057.htm

_II.A. Evidence for Human Carcinogenicity
__II.A.1. Weight-of-Evidence Characterization
Classification — D; not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity

Basis — Inadequate evidence for oncogenicity in animals. Glyphosate was originally classified as C, possible human carcinogen, on the basis of increased incidence of renal tumors in mice. Following independent review of the slides the classification was changed to D on the basis of a lack of statistical significance and uncertainty as to a treatment-related effect.

__II.A.2. Human Carcinogenicity Data

None.

__II.A.3. Animal Carcinogenicity Data

Inadequate. Charles River CD-1 mice (50/sex/dose level) were fed diets containing glyphosate at dose levels of 0, 1000, 5000, or 30,000 ppm for 24 months. The incidence of renal tubule adenomas observed in the male mice exceeded that of the controls (0/49 controls; 0/49 low-dose; 1/50 mid-dose; 3/50 high-dose). A re-evaluation of the renal tumor slides prepared from the male mice indicated the presence of an additional adenoma in the control group and malignant tumors in the two higher dose groups. Therefore, the incidences of the reevaluated data are 1/49 control adenoma; 0/49 low; 1/50 mid, carcinoma; 3/50 high, 1 adenoma, 2 carcinomas. It was the judgment of two reviewing pathologists that the renal tumors were not treatment-related. In addition, the inclusion of a tumor in the control group eliminated statistical significance for the high-dose group.

In a 26-month study Sprague-Dawley (CD) rats, 50/sex/dose were fed 0, 30, 100, or 300 ppm glyphosate in the diet. The study is being repeated to include the MTD. There were some thyroid tumors, which were considered of normal incidence. Power to detect an effect was reduced since a MTD was not demonstrated, and the highest dose tested was less than 1/100 of the high dose in the mice (Monsanto, 1981). OPP has requested that the study be repeated on the basis of the degree of species difference in the highest dose tested and the possibility that higher doses (MTD) might produce additional tumors.

So the carcinogenicity data is "inadequate", and the request that the 1981 study be repeated does not have any follow-up. There are no human trials, except the one you see in the mirror.

Here's some recent science:
Pesticides In Tap Water Responsible For Food Allergy Increase
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/253513.php

Let's see what a scientist who led the EPA's biosafety program has to say:

Scientists find multiple problems with GMOs
Agroeconomists have shown repeatedly that the best-yielding, most-affordable crop varieties, to "feed the world", are those derived from conventional non-GMO hybrids (U.N Commission on Trade and Development).

As a lifelong scientist, I am deeply troubled to report that promises of patent enforcement by American agrichemical seed companies have prevented U.S. scientists from researching what some exclaim are "problems" associated with GMO crops. We will not know the facts as long as the seeds and plants that we, our children, pets and livestock consume are not made available for conducting long-term, controlled experiments.

Norwegian scientists recently detected Roundup in 10 of 10 farms using genetically engineered soybeans. We had to also learn from these Norwegian (not American) scientists that the nutritional composition of soybeans grown on 31 Ohio farms differed depending upon the type of farm management system employed. Soybeans harvested from organic farms had higher concentrations of protein and essential amino acids, and higher concentrations of two minerals, and no Roundup residues (Food Chem. 2014).

Now we know from the scientific literature that the same concentrations of Roundup residues in soybeans is sufficient in laboratory assays to: induce hormone disruptions during frog development (mixed-sex frogs); kill young trout and tadpoles; stop the growth of earthworms in soil; inhibit activities of beneficial soil and human gut bacteria; and stimulate the growth of human breast-cancer cells assayed under laboratory conditions.
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140413/OPINION/404130320/0/SEARCH
Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., of Ashland, is a professor of microbiology and a retired senior scientist and team leader for the Environmental Protection Agency's biosafety program.

A former scientist for Agriculture Canada, Thierry Vrain, has turned whistleblower as well:
Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food
http://foodrevolution.org/blog/former-pro-gmo-scientist/

#science #GMO #environment

"Aunty Em, Aunty Em!"

Big winds in the Eastern Sierra today! I'm hoping for lenticular clouds tonight or tomorrow morning. The power is out at the moment, and things like lawn furniture are far downwind. I was getting pelted in the face with debris, so I put on ski goggles. I went and filmed from a dock, but it felt like it might catch the wind and launch me, so I came back in to scrape the debris out of my eyes. #weather #windy #easternsierra

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Spring is a good time to visit Valley of Fire. I used to pass through the park on my way to and from Southern Utah in the fall and spring, and in 2012 +Lori Hibbett and I met a bunch of G+ photographers there in early April, but I think we'll try late March to revisit the area this year.

This presentation was mostly auto-created by the Story function on G+. To find your Stories, drop down your Home menu (blue icon towards the upper right of your G+ screen), select Photos,Drop down your Home menu (blue icon towards the upper right of your G+ screen), select Photos, then drop down the menu at the top, and the first item on the list is Stories. Select that, and you'll see the Stories you have to choose from. to edit, then share.

Basically The Story function looks at all of your G+/Picasa photos (and Blogger and Panoramio if the accounts are linked), and it identifies trips or events, and puts them in the format you see when you follow a link like the one I shared. The owner of the Story has the ability to select "Edit" to choose different photos from the trip.

If you want to add photos, and they're not already visible when you select Edit, you can put them on G+/Picasa and ask for the Story to be regenerated, or you can tell a G+ Photos process to back up photos from your phone (I don't) or from your Windows desktop, and it will try to create stories as photos are added to those locations (each private until you share them I assume).

So I added folders to my Windows desktop specifically to have the photos found for potential Stories. I think it had 40+ potential Stories for me, going all the way back to trips I took in 2004. Then drop down the menu at the top of your Photos screen, and the first item on the list is Stories. Select that, and you'll see the Stories you have to choose from. to edit, then share if you want.

Basically the Story function looks at all of your G+/Picasa photos (and Blogger and Panoramio if the accounts are linked), and it identifies trips or events, and puts them in the format you see when you follow a link like this one. The owner of the Story has the ability to select "Edit" to choose different photos from the trip.

If you want to add photos, and they're not already visible when you select Edit, you can put them on G+/Picasa and ask for the Story to be regenerated, or you can tell a G+ Photos process to back up photos from your phone (I don't) or from your Windows desktop, and it will try to create stories as photos are added to those locations (each private until you share them I assume).

So I added folders to my Windows desktop specifically to have the photos found for potential Stories. I think it has 40+ potential Stories for me to share, going all the way back to trips I took in 2004.

I have a more comprehensive album of Valley of Fire photos on G+ here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5980066400693096545

#ValleyofFire #valleyoffirestatepark #landscapephotography
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Spring in Anza-Borrego State Park

I was looking to see if G+ had built a "Story" for the trip +Lori Hibbett and I made to Anza-Borrego in March 2012 when we met +Lori Carey, +Elena Northroup, +John H. Moore, +J. Rae Chip, +Angela Andrieux, +Tony Payne, +Cat Evans, +Ron Niebrugge and others (+Kimber The Dog):
https://plus.google.com/103466773231418285796/posts

I found a G+ Story from our visit from 2011 instead, when we met +Richard Bitonti and +Tom Grubbe. We meet such cool people over the years through photography!

I encountered better wildflower blooms in Anza-Borrego in 2008 and 2009 (https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Anza%20Borrego&sort=interestingness-desc&user_id=23183960%40N00), but I was travelling in an AWD minivan back then, so we found much cooler locations in the park in 20ll and 2012 after I swapped the van for an 4WD SUV and we could explore more of the park.

I ran across this 2011 trip while wrapping up the Imperial Sand Dunes section for my guidebook yesterday. So many of the photos are turning out a lot better re-edited with the newer "2012 process" now available in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

I think that this Story feature could be really useful, but I couldn't get it to "see" some new edits or photos I uploaded for Imperial Sand Dunes, so I simply have to apologize in advance for some of the edits which are "so four years ago".
#2012anzaborrego #anzaborregodesert #anzaborregostatepark

Story from NASA Orion EFT-1 Launch

The G+ Story created from my trip with +Lori Hibbett to see the NASA Orion EFT-1 launch last month.

If you'd like to see a launch tomorrow, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is scheduled for 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Friday, Jan. 30, with a three-minute launch window. The launch of the United Launch Alliance/Delta II rocket was scrubbed Thursday due to a violation of upper-level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle. The weather forecast for this launch window shows a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions. NASATV coverage will be available at this link: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2015-043&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NASAJPL&utm_content=smap20150129

#orionspacecraft #NASA #nasasocial #OrionEFT1

Massive Asteroid BL86 Approaches Earth

Here's a composite photo to go with the time-lapse video I posted this morning of mountain-sized Asteroid 2004 BL46 (357439) as it approached earth last night. Fortunately this pass was a near-miss, coming no closer than 3X the distance to the moon. That's still very close in terms of the vastness of space, and it'll be interesting to see how close it comes on its next lap 8000 years from now.

This still image was assembled from the first 60 images I captured, the video clips from 119 separate images of the sky. Click on my name to see all of my posts to see my post this morning with the video. I also posted photos and video of Comet Lovejoy in recent days.

The sequences of photos of the asteroid last night were taken with a full frame DSLR and 70-200 mm lens, on a star-tracking mount. The evening sky is becoming bright with the moonlight, so I lowered the they ISO sensitivity to 2000. I tried a second camera using an 85mm lens at f/2.2 without a tracking mount, but I probably won't get to that footage this week so see whether the asteroid shows up well.

#science #astronomy #news #astrophotography #537439
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Massive Asteroid BL86 Approaches Earth

Mountain-sized asteroid BL86 (also known as 357439) came hurtling towards its near-miss with earth today, and I caught it on my camera. Here's the time-lapse video, both an edge to edge 16:9 crop at 200mm, then a second copy cropped to 1080p. Look in the center as it moves from lower right center to upper left center:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKQ6mEdoAkU&list=PL6012D9822C1BA1E7

Both were assembled from 119 separate images of the sky, taken with a full frame DSLR and 70-200 mm lens, on a star-tracking mount. The evening sky is becoming bright with the moonlight, so I lowered the they ISO sensitivity to 2000. I tried a second camera using an 85mm lens at f/2.2 without a tracking mount, but I probably won't get to that footage this week so see whether the asteroid shows up well..

#science #news #astronomy #astrophotography #nightphotography
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