Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Your skull is made up of two sets of bones - the bones of your face and the bones of your cranium, which make up your forehead and the back of your head.
Your cranium is the large bony case that surrounds your delicate brain, protecting it from bumps and knocks. It is made up of eight large flat bones, joined together by fixed joints known as sutures. Your frontal bone forms your forehead, and the tops of your eye sockets. Most of the top and sides of your head are formed by two parietal bones. And the back of your skull is formed by your occipital bone which has an opening in it where your spinal cord connects to your brain.
The fourteen bones at the front of your skull hold your eyes in place and form your facial features. Your mandible, or jawbone, is the largest, strongest bone in your face. It holds your lower teeth in place and you move it to chew your food.
Apart from you mandible and your vomer, all your facial bones are arranged in pairs. That's why your face is symmetrical. For example, your two zygomatic bones form your cheekbones and the outside of your eye sockets on either side of your face.
From flexible to fixed joints
A human skull is almost full sized at birth. However the eight bones that make up the cranium are not yet fused together. This means that the skull can flex and deform during birth, making it easier to deliver a baby through the narrow birth canal. These individual plates of bone fuse together after about 24 months to form the adult skull.The only bone in your skull that forms freely movable joints is your mandible, or jawbone.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The USS Ranger (CV-4) at Sea during World War II
This Carrier featured six smoke stacks which could be lowered during Air Operations had a crew of 1788 and could travel at 29.8 knots. Ranger was sold for scrap after World War II on 28 January 1947.
It was Flower Child's privilege to serve in the USS Ranger (CVA-61) during his Career in the U. S. Navy.
Photographs obtained from the World Wide Web.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
The Hellebores are considered to be one of our welcome harborings of spring, and as such are often seen blooming in the snow. They can naturalize rather nicely in a woodland setting or if given the right growing conditions, and tend to be very long lived perennials. Prefers a shady position.
Once planted, the thick tough roots prefer to be left alone and undisturbed, except for maybe an occasional top-dressing of well rotted manure or compost. It is better to start out with pot-grown plants, but they say you can propagate them by root divisions of 3 in the fall.
Flowers are usually nodding, either bell or cup-shaped. They have a very noticeable central boss of stamens, ringed by rounded petaloid sepals. These sepals often persist for several weeks after the stamens are shed.
The branched flower stems have leafy bracts and small clusters of 2 inch flower. Colors can range from pale green through white, pink, maroon to dark purple, often with some beautiful speckling inside.
Their dark green and somewhat handsome leaves are leathery and palmately divided. The basal leaves can be up to 1 inch across, with anywhere from 5-11 leaflets, that are often edged with numerous fine teeth.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
(Ironically, after the war, the residents of Eniwetok were removed from their homes and the atoll became an atomic testing ground from 1948 to 1962. It was the site of the first hydrogen bomb test in 1952. Residents began returning to the atoll in the 1970s.)
The photographic documentation of war began soon after the camera's invention.
In 1855, Englishman Roger Fenton packed a wagon with photographic equipment and set out to cover the Crimean War. Although precedent-setting, his carefully posed images of British camp life failed to capture the drama and horror of war - no dead bodies, no mass destruction. This was in part due to the handicaps of his equipment and to the goal of his royal patrons to portray the war in the best light possible.
A few years later, the photographers of the American Civil War hauled their bulky equipment onto the battlefield to capture war's grisly aftermath. Their images - fields filled with the bloating bodies of the dead - caused a public sensation. Their groundbreaking efforts however, can be more appropriately described as battlefield rather than combat photography. The technical limitations of their equipment prevented them from catching the action of war.
Armed with faster film, smaller cameras and no longer needing to haul a darkroom behind him, the World War I photographer could get closer to combat. The introduction of 35mm film increased the intimacy of the camera's eye, enabling the World War II photographer to become part of the action. Television changed perspectives again - the war in Vietnam literally entered the living rooms of millions of Americans each night. Today, with the introduction of satellite connections, our images of war are not only in our living room but they are instantaneous and live.
Although the camera has changed our impression of war, the reality of war remains the same. As the Marine to the left wearily clamors over the ship's guardrail, his expression reveals the horrors that have been war's companion since the beginning of time.
"Combat Photography, 1918-1971," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2000).
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
It was a hungry time in Charleston, South Carolina, those early months of 1864. Bombarded by land and blockaded by sea, the city that cheered the opening shots of the American Civil War remained proudly defiant, but its Rebel defenders were looking mighty pinched. Salt pork, corn, boots, blankets, lead for musket balls, and most everything else the army needed was in critically short supply. The Union Navy's chokehold on the city's harbor would have to be broken soon, and the best hope for doing that lay with a strange and secret new weapon—a "diving torpedo-boat" christened the H. L. Hunley.
Shortly after sunset on the night of February 17, at a dock on nearby Sullivans Island, eight audacious Confederates squeezed inside the claustrophobic iron vessel and set out on a quixotic mission. Affixed to the boat's bow was a spar tipped with a deadly charge of black powder. At the helm was Lt. George Dixon, a bold-hearted, battle-scarred army officer. Behind him, wedged shoulder to shoulder on a wooden bench, sat seven crewmen whose muscles powered the sub's hand-cranked propeller. As the crew began turning the heavy iron crankshaft, Dixon consulted a compass and set course for a daunting target—the steam sloop U.S.S. Housatonic, stationed four miles (six kilometers) offshore. The Rebels' plan was to run about six feet (two meters) below the surface until they neared the blockader. But in order for Dixon to take final aim, he would have to resurface just enough to peer through the sub's tiny forward viewport.
At 8:45 p.m. John Crosby, acting master aboard the Housatonic, spotted something off the starboard beam that looked at first like a "porpoise, coming to the surface to blow." There had been warnings of a possible attack by a Confederate "infernal machine," and Crosby was swift to sound the alarm. Sailors rushed to quarters and let loose a barrage of small arms fire at the alien object barely breaking the surface, but the attacker was unstoppable.
Two minutes later the Hunley rammed her spar into the Housatonic's starboard side, well below the waterline. As the sub backed away, a trigger cord detonated the torpedo, blowing off the entire aft quarter of the ship. It was an epic moment.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal person, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
In addition to the display gardens there is a photography contest and a full fledged Flower Show to also enjoy. There are also seminars which allow you to learn about a variety of topics related to Flowers and Gardening. In summary, a day well spent.
Monday, February 05, 2007
As for the Bears, they can go back to the "Windy City" and dine on Twinkies. For those who do not know, the citizens in Chicago consume more Twinkies per person than any place else. I thought you would like to know.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
This is also a night time photo of the Hay House on Georgia Avenue in Macon, very near Coleman Hill. Both of these images were taken by "Flower Child," during a Middle Georgia Camera Club Field Trip. Should you become interested in becoming a member of the Camera Club or desire more information about us, please visit: MGCC.WS on the World Wide Web.
After the photo shoot, we met at a downtown fun establishment for "Socialization Skills Practice." In summary, a very enjoyable, funfilled evening in Macon, Georgia.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Flower Child's House Plants
The photograph of the "False Aralia" in front of the window is to show where this plant grows the very best. It is the Breakfast Room Bay-Window on the North Side of the house. It has flourished well here.