Ben Chutz
Monday, August 18, 2014
Every couple years, in pairings 10 months apart, Jupiter and Venus hang out near one another in the night sky. For some reason they appear extremely close this year— about half the diameter of a full moon. The last Venus-Jupiter conjunction that was this close was in 2000. It’s a big enough deal in the astronomical community that it’s referred to as an “event”. Anyway, I took this with a long shutter at 4:50am this morning, about 45 minutes before sunrise. It was really awesome. PLANETS! You can just look up and see part of our solar system. Tonight they’ll be even a little closer. Venus is the brighter of the two.  (at Lake Coeur d’Alene)

Every couple years, in pairings 10 months apart, Jupiter and Venus hang out near one another in the night sky. For some reason they appear extremely close this year— about half the diameter of a full moon. The last Venus-Jupiter conjunction that was this close was in 2000. It’s a big enough deal in the astronomical community that it’s referred to as an “event”. Anyway, I took this with a long shutter at 4:50am this morning, about 45 minutes before sunrise. It was really awesome. PLANETS! You can just look up and see part of our solar system. Tonight they’ll be even a little closer. Venus is the brighter of the two. (at Lake Coeur d’Alene)

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Echoooooo (at Lake Coeur d’Alene)

Echoooooo (at Lake Coeur d’Alene)

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Milly and Bo.  (at Buy Michigan Now Festival)

Milly and Bo. (at Buy Michigan Now Festival)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Yonder.  (at Heritage Park)

Yonder. (at Heritage Park)

Monday, July 28, 2014
These are real and we grew them miraculously by covering a handful of seeds in the dirt a few months ago, proving the haters (deer, rabbits, chipmunks, evil lawn villains) WRONG, BABY!

These are real and we grew them miraculously by covering a handful of seeds in the dirt a few months ago, proving the haters (deer, rabbits, chipmunks, evil lawn villains) WRONG, BABY!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Gang Goes Pickin’

Friday, July 18, 2014

"What I found from working with Elon is that he starts by defining a goal and he puts a lot of effort into understanding what that goal is and why it is a good and valid goal.  His goal, as I see it, has not changed from the day he first called me in August of 2001.  I still hear it in his speeches.  His goal was to make mankind a multi planetary species and to do that he had to first solve the transportation problem." 

-Jim Cantrell

http://www.quora.com/Elon-Musk/How-did-Elon-Musk-learn-enough-about-rockets-to-run-SpaceX/answer/Jim-Cantrell

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
This afternoon’s storm.

This afternoon’s storm.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Solar halo this morning over the City.  (at Comerica Park)

Solar halo this morning over the City. (at Comerica Park)

Saturday, May 31, 2014
✌️

✌️

Thursday, May 29, 2014
🔄 (at Detroit Zoo)

🔄 (at Detroit Zoo)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Seems that you’re wrong, actually.

1. It would seem that keeping up on the world’s current events would lead to a greater appreciation for, and a healthy perspective of, the fortuitous privilege afforded to us simply by nature of being born in America.

2. It seems that the more educated one is, the more interested in the world’s current events one would be. This is a logical assumption and substantiated by the fact that I recall a study done in which the majority of news readers were found to have household incomes greater than $100,000.

3. There also seems to be a direct correlation between education and socioeconomic status, ie education = money and power. This one is not so much an assumption as it is a universal truth (at least while quality education is a fundamental right only in theory, and not yet in practice).

4. By this logic, one seemingly could assume that the most financially successful in our society, being the best educated, would also be the most sympathetic to world affairs, and thus motivated to take action not only for the benefit of the less fortunate abroad, but to provide some degree of safety, support, and equal opportunity for those in their own country.

5. Apparently, however, things aren’t always what they seem to be.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
at MotorCity Casino Hotel

at MotorCity Casino Hotel

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Wildflower planting.

Wildflower planting.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Birds of paradise.  (at Farmer John’s Greenhouse)

Birds of paradise. (at Farmer John’s Greenhouse)