December 2007 Archives

Juhu Beach

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India -- 30 December 2007 | Permalink
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A small collection of photographs from Juhu Beach, northern Mumbai.

 

Pakistan from the air

30 December 2007 | Permalink
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A small collection of aerial photographs of Pakistan.

 

"Alive in Baghdad" reporter killed

15 December 2007 | Permalink

There's some sad news from Alive in Baghdad, a grassroots journalism project started by my friend Brian. Ali Shafeya Al-Moussawi, a journalist working for AiB, was shot dead yesterday when his home was raided by the Iraqi National Guard.

 

Atmosphere

05 December 2007 | Permalink
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In the process of very slowly sorting through photographs that I took in October, I came across one which, while not much of a photograph, is interesting in its own right. It was taken very early one morning, from a spot overlooking the Wakhan Valley (on the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan). The air was thick with dust and haze, and in the east there was a spire of colored light, like a vertical rainbow with no curvature at all.

To keep it company, I've added another picture of an unusual atmospheric effect. This is a fallstreak hole or 'hole punch cloud', although it is less close to circular than other examples I've seen.

Update: Les Cowley of Atmospheric Optics has identified the object in the first picture as an ice halo, either a sundog or a fragment of a circular 22-degree halo.