Posts Tagged ‘snow globes’

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Photographs are inherently windows into the world at a time other now and typically at a place other than here. Even digital photos viewed on the camera’s LCD screen almost immediately after being taken are windows into a past world.

I enjoy snow globes and have a small collection of them. They too are in a sense windows – by which I mean windows into what are typically fanciful little worlds albeit worlds that share the common feature of swirling snow.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows combines the snow globe’s window and the photographer’s window to give viewers of the snow globe a slightly different window – one that peers into a real world.

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This week’s Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Open, brought to mind how people’s minds (sorry) are becoming more closed as opposed to more open. Here is a quote from Carl Sagan  about having an open mind.

At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes–an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.– Carl Sagan

I hope you enjoy the photo and how it fits with Sagan’s quote as well as with “open” in some other ways. I talk more about the Sagan quote below.

Daydreaming of Home - Truth and Dreans

Sagan is speaking about the importance of an open mind and at its essence he is describing the scientific method. It is a tool that uses openness to new ideas (hypotheses) to find things out about the world. It also uses skepticism about discoveries when they are claimed (an example is the requirement for verification or repeatability of discoveries). What Sagan is talking about is basically the process of investigating the world that has created/made/discovered a great deal of what it takes to allow you to read and view this post via the Internet on your computer at this very moment. The big thing science probably didn’t bring us is, of course, you, and I for one appreciate your visit!

More Snow - Oh No!

Okay. We are really sick of snow here in Madison. I decided to bottle a storm, but couldn’t find one that worked so I had to use a snow globe. I placed a recent storm in the snow globe in the hope of dissuading future storms, apparently without success since we may get a foot of snow in the next 24 hours.