Monday, December 22, 2008

2008 in pics

Every picture tells a story, don't it?

Came across this collection of photos of the year 2008. There are many more here.

These spoke to me and as I arranged them on this page the bigger story unfolded.

The solarpark array, a "solucar" in Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville, Spain. The solar thermal power plant uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays onto the top of a 100 meter (300 foot) tower where it produces steam to drive a turbine, producing electricity.

Refocusing our energy production.

The Large hadron Collider's CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment Tracker Outer Barrel (TOB). The CMS is one of two general-purpose LHC experiments designed to explore the physics of the Terascale, the energy region where physicists believe they will find answers to the central questions at the heart of 21st-century particle physics.
Reminded me of a mandala.

The Guizer Jarl is silhouetted as members of his Viking Squad walk around a long boat with burning torches during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetland Islands.
My Norwegian heritage calling.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama waves to the crowd at a rally in the rain at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

Hope springs eternal.

Eagles awaiting transfer to a warm U.S. Fish and Wildlife warehouse after being rescued from the cold in Kodiak, Alaska. They were among 50 eagles which dove into the back of an uncovered dump truck full of fish guts and became too wet to fly away.

The perils of excess.

Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, the world's first man to fly with a jet-powered fixed-wing apparatus strapped to his back, flies during his first official demonstration above Bex, Switzerland.
The eternal dream of flying is realized.

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