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Spring, Again

Look, the arrival of spring is a big deal, ok? This week: Leaves on deciduous trees. I believe this is a birch. (In Kiruna, Sweden.)

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Whoa, Hi, Reindeer

This piece of taxidermy is also an advertisement. It’s a reindeer outside ThornĂ©us Renprodukter, a store in Kiruna, Sweden. Guess what they sell. I’ll give you a hint: They have a stuffed reindeer out front. I’ll give you another hint: … Continue reading

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Sweden: Now Featuring…Spring!

I hear reports that dandelions have now been spotted at the space campus here in Kiruna. I haven’t personally seen them, but I can share a photograph of another flower, spotted after dinner last night: This is a kind of … Continue reading

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Spotted in Norway: Spring

A few weeks ago I got excited about seeing flies; this weekend, it was dandelions. That’s how you know it’s been a long winter. This is in a park in Narvik, in northern Norway. Narvik is coastal–warm Atlantic currents keep … Continue reading

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Snow Around Trees

Up here above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, spring has been slow to come. I suppose technically it arrived on March 20, the same as everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, but we’ve got a while to wait until nature … Continue reading

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Pretty Carving

This doesn’t have anything to do with my normal blog topics, but it’s so pretty, I wanted to post anyway. Toulouse’s Basilica of St. Sernin is a gorgeous medieval church, a short walk from where I’m staying. Today I stopped … Continue reading

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Test pencast

Just seeing if this works. I have a magic pen–one of these–and you can use it to do “pencasts,” like this one: test pencast with flowers brought to you by Livescribe

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Fall Colors

This weekend in western Colorado: I just learned from a Forest Service page how this happens. The short version: leaves stop making chlorophyll in fall, so their leaves aren’t green anymore and you can see their other colors. I don’t … Continue reading

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The Balloon Altimeter Test of Prague

In Prague last year, my boyfriend and I went to a charming antique shop in the old Jewish quarter. We actually went to a lot of antique shops in Prague, but this was the first one where the people seemed … Continue reading

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Physics in Action

I was in an office and noticed two perfect circles of light on the carpet. Here’s one captured on my hand: I followed the light up toward the source and figured out that it was sunlight, of course, passing through … Continue reading

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