Category Archive 'Photography'
24 Jun 2020

Amazing!

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This runner fell at the wire, his jockey never touched the ground, the horse slid across the finish line, his jock surfed him across the wire for the win. Incredible!!

09 Jun 2020

Last Image

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A bank robber aiming at a security camera. Cleveland, March 8, 1975.

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

12 May 2020

Cantilevered

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An unidentified Tumblr image that showed up on Facebook today of a rather alarming structure presumably built in defiance of any local building codes somewhere in South America or India. Despite all that, I think it does possess a certain charisma. It looks old and reminds the viewer of some of the overhanging Medieval buildings that survive in a few ancient towns in Europe. the air conditioner sticking out provides just the perfect touch of insouciance.

12 May 2020

“Tuff Muggs Take Notice”

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HT: Vanderleun.

28 Apr 2020

England

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The old Victorian pavilion at Fenner’s in Cambridge during a match between Cambridge University and Yorkshire, 6th May 1970, by Patrick Eagar.

27 Apr 2020

Last Photo of Richtofen

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This last photo of Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), known in English as Baron von Richthofen, and most famously as the “Red Baron,” shows him playing with his beloved Great Dane, Moritz, just moments before he embarked on his last flight.

Arthur Roy Brown, the man who shot him down, wrote:

    “… the sight of Richthofen as I walked closer gave me a start. He appeared so small to me, so delicate. He looked so friendly. Blond, silk-soft hair, like that of a child, fell from the broad, high forehead. His face, particularly peaceful, had an expression of gentleness and goodness, of refinement. Suddenly I felt miserable, desperately unhappy, as if I had committed an injustice. With a feeling of shame, a kind of anger against myself moved in my thoughts, that I had forced him to lay there. And in my heart I cursed the force that is devoted to death. I gnashed my teeth, I cursed the war. If I could I would gladly have brought him back to life, but that is somewhat different than shooting a gun. I could no longer look him in the face. I went away. I did not feel like a victor. There was a lump in my throat. If he had been my dearest friend, I could not have felt greater sorrow.”

    Freiherr Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen was given a full military burial by No. 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps, which included a memorial wreath inscribed with the words,“To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe.”

(via sternvonafrika)

13 Apr 2020

“35 Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made”

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Certainly not the most beautiful, but a Corvette I’d never seen. They only made 3600 of them that year. Very nice for a Corvette.

I hate clickbait format sites like this one. But I will admit this one is almost worth all the trouble and delays of wading through page after page, accidentally hitting an ad link ever now and then.

Obviously not all the most beautiful cars ever made. (How in hell did that Citroen get in there?) Far too short of pre-WWII cars, needs a lot more British cars and more of the very old Alfas. You could make Bugattis half the list. But, still, worth a look.

11 Apr 2020

It’ll Never Work

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A picture recently taken of brave wizard warriors attempting to bind this demon to an astral entrapment on the floor.

HT: Mike Moroski via Karen L. Myers.

19 Mar 2020

“And They Lived Happily Ever After…”

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HT: Karen L. Myers.

16 Mar 2020

Hemingway in Africa, 1953

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From Shorpy’s: Papa is sitting next to Mary Welsh Hemingway, holding a Winchester pump .22 of all things, on his second trip to Africa in 1953. It looks like the gun-bearer right behind him is holding the .577 Westley Richards Double Rifle.

Hemingway had lousy luck on that trip getting to survive (barely) two plane crashes. In the second one, the plane caught fire, the door was stuck shut, and Hemingway concussed himself bashing the door open with his head.

11 Mar 2020

Texas, 1927

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HT: Karen L. Myers.

07 Mar 2020

Poor Hungry Polar Bear!

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Laughing Squid:

While filming the BBC nature series The Polar Bear Family and Me, the adventurous wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan found that a very hungry and very persistent polar bear really wanted bring him home for lunch. The nosy ursine tried every trick she knew in order to try to get into the reinforced cage holding Buchanan, using her massive paw and jaws to breach any possible opening.

Luckily, the polar bear backed off when realized that she was expending far too many calories for too little a reward. While he was able to get some absolutely brilliant photos from this encounter, it was probably one of the most terrifying moments in Buchanan’s long career.

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Personally, I agree with Quint.

HT: Karen L. Myers.

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