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May 29, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Six

Cervical_coloumn.png X-ray of cervical column (neck). Image by Wim_b

And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground - everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.

- Genesis 1: 24-31

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May 28, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Five

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An eye of an Eagle Owl. Photo by Woodwalker.

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning - the fifth day.
- Genesis 1:20-23

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May 27, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Four

Sun_in_X-Ray.png The sun. Image by NASA Goddard Laboratory for Atmospheres.

And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the fourth day.
- Genesis 1:14-19

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May 27, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Three, Part Two

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http://www.artbible.net/1T/Gen0114_4Sunmoon_stars/pages/19%20DORE%20DE%20LATERRE%20A%20LA%20LUNE%20ILL%20J%20VERNE.htm

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory Ipomoea purpurea, hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis). Source and public domain notice at Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Misc_pollen.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Agaricus_bisporus_spores_SEM_3.jpg

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.
Genesis 1: 11-13

May 26, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Three

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http://www.artbible.net/1T/Gen0109_3Seaearth,_plantsfruits/pages/15%20MASTER%20OF%20CORNELIS%20CROESINCK.htm
http://www.artbible.net/1T/Gen0109_3Seaearth,_plantsfruits/pages/20%20ESCHER%20THE%20THIRD%20DAY%20OF%20THE%20CREATI.htm
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The Andes
Image taken 10/28/2001 by ASTER

Vivid colors belie the arid landscape of northern Chile where the Atacama Desert, one of the world's driest, meets the foothills of the Andes. Here salt pans and gorges choked with mineral-streaked sediments give way to white-capped volcanoes.
http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/andes.html

http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/jordan.html
Jordan
Image taken 5/17/2001 by ASTER

Meandering wadis combine to form dense, branching networks across the stark, arid landscape of southeastern Jordan. The Arabic word "wadi" means a gully or streambed that typically remains dry except after drenching, seasonal rains.

Lena Delta
Image taken 7/27/2000

The Lena River, some 2,800 miles (4,400 km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. It is an important refuge and breeding grounds for many species of Siberian wildlife.
http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/lena.html

http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/lakedis.html
Lake Disappointment
Image taken 12/31/2000 by ASTER

Surrounded by sand dunes, Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake in one of the most remote areas of Western Australia. An early explorer supposedly named the lake in 1897 after following a number of creeks that he thought would lead to a large lake; they did, but the lake's extremely salty water was not drinkable.

And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
- Genesis 1:9-10

May 25, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day Two

http://www.artbible.net/1T/Gen0106_2waters_divided/pages/20%20ESCHER%20SECOND%20DAY%20OF%20THE%20CREATION.htm

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/expl0405.htm
Image ID: expl0405, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Beaufort Sea, North of Point Barrow, Alaska
Photographer: Katrin Iken
Credit: Hidden Ocean 2005 Expedition: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration.

http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/icefall.html
Icefall, Lambert Glacier, Antarctica
Image taken 12/2/2000

The Lambert Glacier in Antarctica, is the world's largest glacier. The focal point of this image is an icefall that feeds into the Lambert glacier from the vast ice sheet covering the polar plateau. Ice flows like water, albeit much more slowly. Cracks can be seen in this icefall as it bends and twists on its slow-motion descent 1300 feet (400 meters) to the glacier below.

This Icefall can be found on Landsat 7 WRS Path 42 Row 133/134/135, center: -70.92, 69.15.

Von Karman Vortices
Image taken 7/4/2002 by Landsat 7

As air flows over and around objects in its path, spiraling eddies, known as Von Karman vortices, may form. The vortices in this image were created when prevailing winds sweeping east across the northern Pacific Ocean encountered Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

This image can be found on Landsat 7 Path 79 Row 23-24, center: 53.1 N, 170.4 W.
http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/vonkar.html

Whirlpool in the Air
Image taken 5/14/2001

This image shows a spinning formation of ice, clouds, and low-lying fog off the eastern coast of Greenland.

This Whirlpool can be found on Landsat 7 WRS Path 232 Row 16, center: 62.86, -40.89.
http://earthasart.gsfc.nasa.gov/whirlpool.html

And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning - the second day.
Genesis 1:6-8

May 24, 2009

Creation Through the Lens, Day One

2hs-2009-05-a-print.jpg A planetary nebula designated NGC 2818, photographed by the Hubble Telescope. By NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day.

- Genesis 1:1 - 5

May 18, 2009

Hymns at Speakers' Corner

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A couple singing hymns at Speakers' Corner in London. Photo by Matthias Gieselmann.

"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God."
- Acts 20:25-27

h/t Matt Blair at Life With A Bible

May 18, 2009

Moon: Light for the Blind

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From William Moon's book Light for the Blind, London: Longmans & Co., 1877.

"God gave me blindness as a talent to be used for His glory. Without blindness I should never have been able to see the needs of the blind."
- William Moon

William Moon lost his sight to illness in 1839, when he was 21. In 1845, he developed an embossed alphabet for his blind students. Omniglot says Moon was "soon swamped with requests for parts of Bible. " Moon type still has some readers today.

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May 15, 2009

Virtual Catacombs

Abb.3.jpg Scans of chambers in the Catacombs of Domitilla have been color-coded to show specific tombs. Photo by N. Zimmermann / OEAW.

The Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome's largest, extend over 9 miles. The network of tombs still contains bones, as well as frescoes that range from pagan to 4th-century Christian. Tourists have been able to see about a mile of the catacombs, but not quite like this: An team led by Norbert Zimmermann has been making a virtual 3-D model of the tomb over the last three years. "When the process is finished," reports the BBC, "it looks like an actual film of the particular room in question."

Paintings on walls, which have not been seen in nearly 2,000 years, are now visible - their colors vivid and clear.

"It is not a virtual image, it is not animation - what you are seeing is real data," says Mr Zimmerman.

I ask him why he did not just video the whole thing.

"Well, you could have filmed each room. But that would not have given you the ability to 'travel' through the catacomb in a way that the scanned images allow," he says.

"Its moving, 3D flexibility, gives you the chance to compare areas, to assess the ways the Catacombs were developed over time, to analyze how and why those who built them did what they did," he adds. "That's never been possible before."

The team plans to finish documenting the sections with paintings in 2009.

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