Saturday, April 30, 2016
Why are these people sitting in the dark, and what are they looking at? Today, our astronomy club had a tour of The Cradle of Aviation. It is an incredible museum and has aircraft that range from a Bleriot monoplane up to an F-14 Tomcat jet fighter. They also have spacecraft. These people are sitting in a darkened room, looking at one of the Grumman Lunar Excursion Modules which were built on Long Island, and took our astronauts to the moon. It beautifully displayed in a room made up like the surface of the Moon.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:35 PM
Friday, April 29, 2016
I received an email from an acquaintance who lives down the street, and he is a member of the Sea Cliff Tree Commission. They write articles for the village bulletin about trees, and he was looking for some photographs of trees in the village to go with the articles. Someone suggested that I might be the person who might have tree photos. So I sent them a few photos, and then today I went for a walk, looking for trees. A perfect time of year for that, certainly. So this is a house down the road that I passed, and the dogwood tree looks stunning against the house!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 28, 2016
This is my friend and colleague from work, Fred. We have worked together for years. We reconnected recently working on the story about the photographer and pilot. He mentioned that he needed a new formal portrait for his job as editor of a union newspaper that he edits. So I drove out to his house, and while talking with him before doing a formal portrait, I saw this informal portrait and got out my toy camera and quickly snapped a photo. It is kind of fun to do a portrait for the blog. I should do this more often.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:06 PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
This is Tom, an engineer, who has been a professional solar astronomer. He is a member of our club, and gave a terrific talk tonight on how our Sun works. It was an amazing and wonderful talk, with great scientific details and some recent photographs. This is one of the highest resolution images of one sunspot ever captured. It is a stunning image, showing incredibly fine detail. It was taken at Big Bear Solar Observatory in California. Tom didn't produce this image, but he worked on the design of the new telescope at Big Bear some years ago.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:33 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This is Kathy's friend Margo. She and Kathy met when they were both students at Fordham University in the MSW program. They graduated seventeen years ago, and have been fast friends ever since. Tonight was Margo's birthday, so we went into the city (bringing, what else, a Sachertorte) and went to dinner with Margo and her son Erik and two other friends. On the way from the restaurant I saw them walking together, and stopped them and had them face me so the light from a store gave nice light, and the background was pure New York City!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:01 PM
Monday, April 25, 2016
This is a copy of The Joy of Cooking that I bought for Kathy in 1973. 43 years later the pages are faded and yellow, and there are some large stains on some of the more frequently used pages. We got the book down so that Kathy could make a Sachertorte to take to Manhattan tomorrow for a friend's birthday. There is such a richness to having had this cookbook for so many years. My favorite story about this book is that at the end of the recipe for Indian Pudding, it says: "Serve pudding hot with hard sauce. It is barbarous New England custom to serve it with vanilla ice cream." Barbarous New England custom? That is how we have eaten indian pudding all my life!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:26 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2016
When Stan was here the other day, we drove around Sea Cliff for a bit, and ended up down at the water. The tide was out, revealing some of the "rip-rap" which protects the point. I was amazed at the brilliant green color of the rocks. They are coated with seaweed which is covered with water at high tide. The green is far more brilliant in person, than the camera shows.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:42 PM