Exploratorius

Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer

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Before Pedestrians Awaken

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Before the bustle begins -- Rockville, Maryland (August 2014)Olympus Stylus Epic film + 35/2.8

Before the bustle begins — Rockville, Maryland (August 2014)
Olympus Stylus Epic film + 35/2.8

Colorful Succulent

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A plant from the National Botanic Garden -- Washington, DC (March 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

A plant from the National Botanic Garden — Washington, DC (March 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Video Link: Frozen Chesapeake Bay 2015

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Home

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Nala in her perch -- Central Maryland (January 2015)Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Nala in her perch — Central Maryland (January 2015)
Leica M7 + Arista Ultra 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Home isn’t an easy concept for me.  My dad wasn’t in the military — he was a mechanical engineer always on the lookout for more money and more challenging work — but we moved around.  A lot.

We constantly pulled up stakes and traveled to wherever the next job site was.  By the time I was four, we had moved five times.  By the time I was a sophomore in high school, it was up to twelve moves, seven different school districts, and six different states.  My family moved back to southern California during my junior year in college, when I was in design school in Richmond, Virginia — and they have all had many moves themselves since then. Continue Reading →

Reentry Effects

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Space Shuttle Discovery -- Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantily, Virginia (January 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak BW400CN + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Space Shuttle Discovery — Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (January 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak BW400CN + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Soft But Spiky

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A cactus from the National Botanic Garden -- Washington, DC (March 2014)Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

A cactus from the National Botanic Garden — Washington, DC (March 2014)
Leica M 240 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

What & Where?

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Lead-shielded locomotive -- Arco, Idaho (September 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Lead-shielded locomotive — Arco, Idaho (September 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

It’s been a long while, but I thought that a stormy day would be a good one for a new quiz.  But you better hurry — Tillerman and Elisa just destroy these things when they arrive on the scene.

This quiz will adhere to the strictest of rules — there aren’t any.  You can do a reverse image search (I’ve already checked, so good luck with that), use Google for any edge you think it can give you, shotgun your guesses, etc.

Hints?  Hah!  You only get hints in the comments section once people begin to ask questions.  This is meant to be fun, so have at it!

Lead-shielded locomotive -- Arco, Idaho (September 2014)iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Lead-shielded locomotive — Arco, Idaho (September 2014)
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

UPDATE: Congrats go to Tillerman, Robin Kent, and — of course — my Dad, for contributing background info to many of these science and technology quizzes.  As Tillerman discovered, this is the lead-shielded diesel locomotive used to transport the nuclear-powered jet engines on display out in Arco, Idaho.  You can read more about the nuclear-powered jet engines in my earlier post about them here. Continue Reading →

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