After the Storm

Rogers Park was spared the livelier weather that swept across the Midwest this last week in May. There was some lightning and thunder, including one very early morning deep-throated crash that seemed to rumble for most of a minute. And one storm, at least, had some wind to speak of as well. But mostly the storms were generous with rain. So here are a few pictures of… puddles, what else? This was along Morse Avenue, east of Glenwood.

Incidentally fellow city-dwellers, take this year’s weather seriously. Don’t be surprised if food prices begin their climb this year. Farmers in the Midwest are way behind in planting, not to mention stored grain destroyed by flooding, plus the background noise of pests and disease.

Have a nice weekend.

Puddle on Morse Avenue. Photo by Roman.
Puddle on Morse Avenue. Photo by Roman.


It’s storm season on the Great Plains. Storm chasers are out harvesting video while some farmers are still waiting for ground dry enough to support a tractor to do planting and while other folks cast wary glances at levies for leaks.

One of my favorite weather videographers, Pecos Hank, recently posted a video on an interesting thunderstorm phenomenon: sprites.

The World Below

Time-lapse photography from the International Space Station, edited by Bruce W. Berry, Jr.

Bruce Barry writes:

“All of 4K video and Time-lapse sequences were taken by the astronauts onboard the ISS (NASA/ESA). All footage has been edited, color graded, denoised, deflickered, stabilized by myself. Some of the 4K video clips were shot at 24frames/sec reflecting the actual speed of the space station over the earth. Shots taken at wider angels were speed up a bit to match the flow of the video.

“Some interesting facts about the ISS: The ISS maintains an orbit above the earth with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 and 270 miles). The ISS completes 15.54 orbits per day around the earth and travels at a speed of 27,600 km/h; 17,100 mph).

“The yellow line that you see over the earth is Airgolw/Nightglow. Airglow/Nightglow is a layer of nighttime light emissions caused by chemical reactions high in Earth’s atmosphere. A variety of reactions involving oxygen, sodium, ozone, and nitrogen result in the production of a very faint amount of light (Keck A and Miller S et al. 2013).”

Saturday, December 29

Awakened to an inch or two of snow!

My favorite bush, especially as it has no aspiration to govern. Let shrubs be shrubs. Photo by Roman.
More shrubbery in winter. Photo by Roman.
It was only seasonably cold, but the sparrows were lazy albeit camouflaged. Photo by Roman.
Actually, it was a little on the slow side even for spotting humans, though it was this ornamental plant that got my attention. Photo by Roman.
A cypress in winter. Photo by Roman.