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February 2019

RIP Opportunity

The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity Tuesday, to no avail. The solar-powered rover’s final communication was received June 10.

Fifteen years and more than 45 kilometers… That’s pretty good for a rover that was designed to operate for about 90 days and travel one kilometer. A very fitting XKCD comic to say goodbye.

Thanks for bringing us along
Thanks for bringing us along

Thanks for bringing us along, indeed!

January 2019

2018 Photo Picks

2018 Photo Picks
2018 Photo Picks

At the beginning of this year, I ran across Alex Burke’s blog, while researching about film scanning. Among loads of other useful posts, I noticed Alex’ “The Bets Of …” posts, where he picks of 9(ish) of his best shots of the year.

I really like this idea. It’s a great opportunity to go through all the photos I’ve taken over the year, remember and re-live some of the memories, as well as take a more critical look at the photos and make purposeful choices.

I like the format of nine shots. It’s enough to capture the year, make a concise presentation, yet it’s small enough to force some contention and force critical look for the picks. Albeit, I took a slightly different angle and my picks aren’t necessarily the best picks, but they are the ones that mean most to me, be it because they are some of the best, or because they recall the best memories.

Alpaca in a field
Alpaca in a field

We took our dog for a walk while visiting relatives, and found this lone alpaca in the field. The alpaca was sensing our dog, so I didn’t have much time to grab a shot. It’s a little oddly framed, but that’s partially why I like it.

Sunset at Rathtrevor Beach
Sunset at Rathtrevor Beach

It poured for two days straight, but eventually we were rewarded by a beautiful sunset.

The British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Ltd
The British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Ltd

Experimenting with my Kiev 80 camera and scanning film.

Collection of ropes. Cannery museum near Prince Rupert, BC.
Collection of ropes. Cannery museum near Prince Rupert, BC.

Onward and upward
Onward and upward

Hiking steep trails on Haida Gwaii, BC.

Views around Smithers, BC
Views around Smithers, BC

A fall hike at Mt. Shuksan, Wa
A fall hike at Mt. Shuksan, Wa

Fall in Vancouver
Fall in Vancouver

Goat on a roof. Coombs, BC
Goat on a roof. Coombs, BC

These goats are so much fun. I love their fuzzy beards and behinds. Shot on Fuji Pro 400H with Kiev 80.