I captured some interesting cloud phenomena this week -- so here's a little meteorological info you can use to wow your friends.
Here's a sundog, which is also called a mock sun. It's "a colored, luminous spot or halo appearing to the side of the sun." The luminous spot is caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals in the atmosphere.
And on Halloween eve we saw this night rainbow, also caused by refraction of light through ice crystals in clouds. I guess it's different than an official moonbow, which is produced by light reflected off the moon...if you want to get all technical about it.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thanks, all, for voting for my photo in the Boston Globe's September amateur photo contest. I came in 6th with an honorable mention! See the winners and the top 10 photos here:
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I've been entering the monthly photo contests on the Boston Globe's RAW amateur photo page for a few months, and this month I'm in the group of top 25 finalists -- yay! They have a theme every month, and September's theme was jobs. The first photo below is the one I entered in the contest, and the others are ones I took on the same theme. It's a challenge to ask strangers if you can take their picture and have it come out looking natural. Try it!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The Sturgis Library got some press in the Cape Cod Times about our rededication of the Lothrop Bible in a ceremony yesterday that was attended by about 120 people -- inlucing many Lothrop (Lathrop, Lothropp, Lowthorpe) cousins, pictured above. Our library was built as John Lothrop's meetinghouse in 1644, which is how it gets its distinction as the oldest library building in the country.
This may not be of interest to most of you, except that I discovered in my research that we (the Loomis cousins, anyway) are, along with what seems like half the United States, descendants of a sort from John Lothrop. Our 5th great grandfather General Israel Putnam's second wife was John Lothrop's great-granddaughter.
This line goes -- for you all keeping score at home:
Rev. John Lothop
Samuel Lothrop 2nd
Deborah Lothrop Gardiner second wife of General Israel Putnam
Hannah Pope Putnam (Israel's daughter from first marriage) m John Winchester Dana
Israel Putnam Dana
Charles Smith Dana
Sarah Dana m Chester Loomis
Lucy Loomis & siblings
Thus endeth the genealogical lesson for the day!