Mine is ‘A Fathers Gift to his Son’
This is my first contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and is my most treasured plant in the Milner Garden, a Japanese Mapel (Acer palmatumcer) given to me by my father, I hope you like it..I do:)
I’ve always loved postage stamps, they have such a heartfelt place in my heart, I think it comes from knowing the true craft that comes from putting these miniature artistic masterpieces together…so when I witnessed NASA’s imagery from space was part of the recently released U.S. Post Office Earthscape stamp collection I jumped for joy.
Their stamps so vividly depict America’s diverse and beautiful landscapes viewed from photographic aerial and satellite perspectives of heights from several hundred feet above Earth to several hundred miles up in space…enjoy them…I really have!!
NASA said on the subject:…
“Once you’ve seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again,” said Joseph Corbett Postal Service chief financial officer and executive vice president . “That’s why the Postal Service is proud to offer these Earthscapes stamps, which invite us to take a bird’s-eye view of the land we all share.”
The stamps present examples of three categories of Earthscapes: natural, agricultural and urban. The images were all taken high above the planet’s surface, either carefully composed by photographers in aircraft or snapped by satellites orbiting Earth.
“For nearly 50 years, NASA has been at the forefront of looking at Earth from the unique vantage point of space,” said Chris Scolese, center director at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the stamps were unveiled.
How so true….
More commonly known as The Pencil Nebula which is also known as NGC 2736, is a small part of a supernova in the southern constellation of Vela. This gorgeous new image is from the European Space Observatory (ESO) in La Silla, Chile which is celebrating 50 Years of incredible space imagery. Surprisingly this recent image wasn’t included in The Guardians best space-related pictures at the weekend, in my opinion it should have had the No:1 slot.
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This detailed view of the supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years old was produced by the ESO’s Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope.
The Harvest Moon, arguably the most famous Full Moon of the year, arrived on Saturday the 29th of September this year over Leeds, this full moon is the closest to the autumnal equinox (Sept 22nd) for us in the Northern Hemisphere, and for me signals the true onset of winter, a time of year I really enjoy.
My shot of the Leeds Harvest Moon 29th September 2012 [Click to Enlarge]
Watch out for the next Full Moon on October 29th, It’s called the Hunter’s Moon!