Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lighting Up Our Lives

The debate about energy usage took an unexpected turn with the recession. Up to a few years ago, a lot of soul searching went on about fossil fuels, how humans were squandering resources and how things might turn pear shaped once the oil ran out.

"Peak oil" is now such a well worn phrase that nobody seems to think about what it means any more and turning off lights around the house, always a sensible practice, has become a habit that most people practice.

In ways, this recession may do more good for the preservation of comfortable living that is being assessed by pundits who cry "doom" daily on national media.

If we don't keep burning up our resources needlessly, put on an extra jacket or jumper when the weather turns chilly and think twice about going on unnecessary journeys, things might just turn out alright...

Melbourne Interior

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Flowers Everywhere

Photos of flowers continue to attract most attention on Flickr.
Comments on streetscapes or on architectural details are scant in comparison to the praise given to flower and insect photography.
Somehow nature always seems to lift spirits...

Garinish Island, West Cork, in the Garden

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Colours of Autumn

These vivid colours are caused by a survival mechanism within the trees leaves...

Sciencemadesimple at Concordia University have a very clear explanation of the chemistry involved.

Just search for "leaves autumn sugar colour".

Le Sentier

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Orchards for a Quiet Life

All the trees in gardens muffle traffic sounds as well as giving good food to eat.

Autumn Apples

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Word Salad

 Having a bad code day...
Shall work it out tomorrow.
Tomorrow is another day... 

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Noticeable in bridges today is the clear, clinical design.
  A singular lack of greenery is a defining feature...

 This may be about to change...

Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, 2009