Saturn in Detail

This is, amazingly, a photograph of Saturn.  Ring, globe, storms and all. It is the winning image for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Photographer Damian Peach describes how he took this remarkable photograph.  Spectacular complexity and detail revealed thanks to the right equipment, a lot of skill and a great night.


Ancient Pottery

Incredible detail of ancient Chinese Pottery by Yvonne (Li Chieh) Lu.

Poem by Lyon Sharman (1917)


There are porcelains a-plenty wrought by skill,
Hard as jade, sweet-toned as a bell,
In a hundred shapes that trades-folk sell:
Wine-cups, rice-bowls, lanterns, plates,
Tea-pots, snuff-bottles, vases with mates.
There are porcelains a-plenty wrought by skill.

There are porcelains made by no man’s will-
Miracles, they, of the kiln and fire,
Outwitting dreams, outrunning desire;
Fashioned when genii blew the coals;
Decreed for the reverence of man’s souls.
There are porcelains made by no man’s will.

East Window at Eldridge Street

The restoration of the Eldridge St. Synagogue Museum in NYC is an amazing story.  A must-see.

One of the gems . . .  the East Window. Look at my photo – yes it’s lead-light without the lead!


Using modern laminate technologies, more than 1,200 pieces of colored antique glass were joined together with silicone atop a plate glass base. Not a single piece of lead holds the window together . . . “What would have been lines of lead are now lines of light.” The panels were then installed in a heavy steel frame weighing more than 4,000 pounds. The central Star of David is in three-dimensional cast glass. The final effect is painterly, pulsating, compelling.

Complexity . . . Hallelujah!

What I love . . . what fuels me and keeps me alive . . . is complexity.  I haven’t always known this. In fact I almost lost myself in naive attempts to embrace ‘simplicity’.  Overlooking (and underfeeling) the obvious.

I am a complex being.  Drawn to the beauty of intricate systems, expanding and intersecting ideas, unusual people and variety. These excite and sustain my nervous system.

They light my fire. They give me life. is my celebration of the complex.

My recent trip to Manhattan lit my fire.  Nothing captures it as well as this image, my take on the fabulous Body Worlds exhibition there.


Welcome to my world

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