chipuni suggested people post a picture, the only requirement of which being that it's pleasant and not hidden behind a cut tag. So, here's something from the Chinese Lantern festival.
They were, to appearances, plastic shells around wire frames, with really quite bright lights inside. I'm sorry none of my pictures captured the essential creepiness of a flock of dozens of them scattered along a hill otherwise shrouded in darkness. There are some close-up pictures where one or more pandas is adorably cute, of course.( Collapse )
Trivia: The iceland gull and the little auk are occasionally observed at sea off of New York, but rarely further south. Source: A Guide to Seabirds on the Ocean Routes, Gerald Tuck.
Currently Reading: A Day in the Life of President Kennedy, Jim Bishop. The book describes Secret Service agents waving Geiger counters over the President's watch, because ``some political figures'' have been assassinated by radiation. Mm-hm. It also include a chart dated 29 November 1963 that must be one of the earliest listings of Parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, some intriguing (both enjoyed playing practical jokes); some mistaken (particularly saying Lincoln's assassin had no organization behind him; John Wilkes Booth certainly was working as part of a conspiracy, which tried and failed to kill Vice-President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of War William Seward the same night); some just inane (``irritated by opposition to his policies'').