I'm always fascinated when finding these wells out in the middle of an otherwise nondescript field. The metal protruding from the ground around this one leads me to believe that they were previously powered by windmills, which were then replaced by a handle. This one sits along north 15th Street here in the Bismarck area. Do you suppose it gives ice cubes in the winter? :)
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I was looking for something else and came across this photo, which I forgot I'd taken. I was on my way back from a week-long shoot in Nevada and was able to click a few shots of the old Memorial Bridge just as they began the process of preparing the new bridge's construction. As you can see, the barge and cranes are in place for the cofferdams used to pour the concrete of the new bridge's pilings. If someone found a way to talk me into an airplane again (I only fly on motorcycles) I might try to get the same angle with the new bridge in place and the old one gone! Odds of that happening are very slim, however.
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I didn't announce when I posted it, but the link on the right panel has been available for a few days now. This month's calendar features our state's biennial Legislature, with a photo of the House chamber doing the state's business.
Click here to download a printable calendar in PDF format.
If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, you're good to go. It may take a little bit for the program to load, but the file should download reasonably quickly. Click on the icon below to download the free Adobe Reader if necessary.
When you print the PDF, fold along the lines and tape or staple at the bottom. You will then have a free-standing desk calendar showcasing our state's representative government at work.
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I don't know if you get ever get 55 gallons of mail. Some days it seems like I do. Now that Citi Financial is on hard times, at least they've decided to stop wasting postage on all those stupid credit offers! One thing I couldn't help but wonder: where can I score some of that intense chain looped over the top of the barrel?
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I found myself out west of Mandan the other night chasing Orion, the constellation also known as the Hunter. Its appearance in the sky marks the fall season, and its disappearance is part of summer. I was awfully cold getting this shot, which was a 30 second exposure at the side of a lonely gravel road. The song "Stars" by The Clean seemed an appropriate iPod selection for such an encounter.
Most folks, including myself, find Orion most quickly by searching for the three stars comprising the "belt." There's also another row of "stars" below the belt, but that is actually the Orion Nebula (or M42 if you're a geek). I took the liberty of drawing some red lines on the photo to illustrate the basic shape of Orion for y'all.
In college I took all the fun science courses I could, including astronomy. Our final exam included naming a plethora of constellations and the major stars from each. I can't name all the stars of Orion, but I can tell you that the two brightest are Betelgeuse (yes, I pronounce it "Beetlejuice") and Rigel. For you Trekkies, the pilot of the original Star Trek television series takes place on a mission returning from Rigel 7, a supposed planet orbiting Rigel. I don't know if that will be referenced in the upcoming Star Trek movie. If you're really a nerd, keep this in mind for when the movie opens in May. Look for me there; I'll be the one in the Stormtrooper costume. Just kidding. And what the heck is an Aluminum Falcon?
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