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July 2008

My first stereoscopic photo: Joe Pye Weed

Joepyestereo
There she is, Eupatorium purpurea, also known as joe pye weed, gravel root or queen of the meadow!

This is my first real attempt at taking a stereo photo, and I think it worked. To view this in stereo, click on the above to go to the full-size version (you can try viewing it with the photo above too, it just won't be as detailed).

Then relax your eye muscles so that the two photos begin to meld into one. It's a little like crossing your eyes, but nowhere near as much work; what you're doing is letting your eyes go out of focus momentarily.

When you begin to see a third, melded photo between the two original ones, bring your eyes softly into focus on that third center photo. You'll know you've done it when the joe pye pops right out of the screen! You will be able to easily move your focus around inside the third photo and explore the grasses and other plants in different depths of field.

And before anyone asks, YES, I got the idea from Brian May, but the coolest stereo photos I've seen are by his daughter, Louisa. Check hers out here.

Lammas 2008 post to come... stay tuned!


A Debut Album Cozy

Preglet
With any luck, the artwork above (painted and collaged by moi a few weeks ago) will become famous all over the world! I half joke there, but frankly it would be great if it did. It's the rough of the cover art for a lovely debut album by this guy, and he's officially releasing it on July 12 in Chicago at Martyr's.

I've known this artist since he was just a boychild, and in fact made sure he got heavy doses of Queen and the Beatles growing up (my two favorite bands). In later years, I said to him, "Hey, listen to this guy," (Jeff Buckley) and "Try this guy," (Damien Rice) and "Hey, how about this guy?" (Paul Curreri). A good diet for a fledgling musician of great promise!

Ah, the stories I could tell. But never mind. Just go to the concert, buy the record, and enjoy the music. And in this digital age, please take time to appreciate the cover art.



Freedom

Fallingwaterriver
Happy Independence Day everyone. May we win the freedom to be finished with war.


Far Away from Where the Fighting Is

Taste the dust that stirs on the breeze

Hot sun burning through the shade of the trees

Hear the guns rattle, feel the I.E.D.

Still waiting for the day when we’ll all be free

Far away, far away

From where the fighting is

See the warlord and his warriors come to town

Rounding up the families

Mowing them down

Thought this would end in a new century

Still waiting for the day when we’ll all be free

Far away, far away

From where the fighting is

Look at the wall carving up the land

Watch as the young boy straps on the bombs

Hear a million voices crying for mercy

Still waiting for the day when we’ll all be free

Far away, far away

From where the fighting is

Hear the leaders talk, with nothing to say

See the tanks roll, watch the parade

Aren’t you tired of the killing machines?

Still waiting for the day when we’ll all be free

Far away, far away

From where the fighting is

Wrapped in the flag the soldiers go forward

Wrapped in the flag they come home once more

Is this blood-letting our final legacy

Still waiting for the day when we’ll all be free

Far away, far away

From where the fighting is

Far away, far away

From where the fighting is

--- FitzGerald/McCormack
© 2006, "Falling Water River"