Labels are very tricky to navigate, especially through the lens of history. Poznań is the chief city in the historical region called Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) which used to be at the heart of the 10th century Polish state. After more than a century of partitions between the Austrian, the Prussian, and the Russian imperial powers, Poland re-emerged as a sovereign state at the end of the First World War in Europe in 1917-1918. By then the capital of Poland was Warsaw and Greater Poland (which had now been under Prussian rule for a long time) was won back in the Greater Poland Uprising of 1918. Following the German invasion of 1939, Greater Poland was again taken over and now incorporated into Nazi Germany. Poznań was declared a German stronghold city in the closing stages of the war, being taken by the Russian army in the Battle of Poznań, which ended on 22 February 1945. Since then, Poznań has been back in what we today recognize as Poland. And this is what it looks like at sunset ☺️
I was blown away by something unexpected this weekend. I looked like this but the FaceId on My iPhone X recognized me each time I looked at it!
I didn’t really expect it to detect my features but it kinda makes sense as the glasses block UV and visible light but FaceId uses IR light.
I didn’t do any additional testing to check if this was more of a false positive. But it was nice not having to unglove the hand to use a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone in the cold, chilly weather.
The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a cable-stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts on either side that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. It has a total length of 5.6 km (3.5 miles). In this pic you see the largest pylon towers which are 128 m (420 ft) high. At the base of the bridge, in the water, you see fishing boats that are not too different from the original ones used by the Koli fisherman who, less than 200yrs ago, originally inhabited this marshy region of seven islands. Most buildings in this frame are under construction, even the one with the glass windows. Enjoy this view, it’s going to disappear soon – see the slabs piling on down below? Love how the setting sun hit the skyline so selectively!
1. Gaathiya (yellow fried dough things)
2. Jalebi (orange/yellow sugary syrupy thingy)
3. Mircha (fried hot peppers with salt)
4. Cha (hot tea)
With two sides:
A) raw onions
B) pickled carrots
The flavors work so well together, at many different levels, despite the simplicity. The hotness of the peppers is accentuated by the heat of the tea, and the salt somehow blends with that intensity while the gaathiya creates the neutral grounding and the jalebi keeps bringing a glimpse of the sweet.
🌋 Kīlauea is a currently active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaiʻi, also called the Big Island. Located along the southern shore, the volcano is between 300,000 and 600,000 years old and emerged above sea level about 100,000 years ago. The currently active lava flow is called the 61g flow. Until October 2017, it was flowing all the way to the ocean. Now the flow ends higher uphill on the slopes.
We started the hike at night, near the ocean, walking uphill on the recently solidified lava. It was a surreal terrain: shiny, silver and brittle with fabric-like textures and folds – but this was solid rock! We made it to the flow and decided to spend the night there. We settled for a spot right under the lava flow as it was close enough without being scorching hot.
We slept under the stars on the clear moonless night, with fresh lava crackling and turning a mere 20 ft from us. About 7hrs in, we heard a loud sound as the lava cracked out of a spot much closer to us. Then we noticed steam bursting out from the rock we were sleeping on! I placed my hand on the rock and could feel a strong rumbling vibration underneath.
Within seconds we collected our sleeping bags and gear and were off that rock and onto safer ground. That’s when I took this picture!
It was a very humbling experience to spend this time with Tūtū Pele, the Fire Goddess, and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands.
Disclaimer: we had done a lot of research, knew what we were doing, and made sure we were safe at all times.
We just experienced a once in a lifetime super-moon eclipse here in California. I was trying to capture the maximum dynamic range in a single frame and this is what I got. At the brightest, on the left, we can see the sliver of the moon that has begun to emerge from the Earth’s shadow. Moving to the right we can see how the rest of the Moon continues to fade into the darkness of Earth’s shadow. The “red” comes from the light that leaks around the Earth’s atmosphere to mildly illuminate the moon. And finally, in the background we can see the faint stars, making this such a celestial view. This was all in a single capture, using RAW. I had tried exposure bracketing but ended up with too many artifacts so chose this simple, clean image instead.
Early morning Sun-kissed hills in the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont, which overlooks the Silicon Valley and most of the Bay Area!
I was taking the ferry from Staten Island to Manhattan last night and happened to see these giant towering lights on the skyline. I took as many pictures as I could. Surprised how sharp it turned out given this was all handheld on a rocking boat. What a beautiful way to honor the victims of 9/11 🕊
The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light to represent the Twin Towers in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by the Municipal Art Society of New York.
This was one of my first attempts at doing gigapixel images. This has been stitched together from 50 different shots. On the left bottom corner, you will see Jen.