Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

28 09 2013

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Snapped this 70’s style postcard shot out the window with an iPhone 4S while my copilot took the reigns of our Cessna 172. Twenty minutes or so earlier, and in homage to Maverick’s surf break, I landed at the WWII Half Moon Bay flight strip on runway 03. The trip from San Carlos to Half Moon Bay airport had been a short jump over the range. The coastal flight north along the quake-shaped landscape is thrilling, only to give way to the iconic bridge. Turned right over the city and eventually back to San Carlos after getting routed around SFO.

Mälaren algal bloom composition I

10 10 2010
algae algal bloom Mälaren Stockholm lake shadows reeds water

Algal bloom Norr Mälarstrand Lake Mälaren Stockholm 9 October 2010

Långholmen sunset silhouette

26 07 2010
Långholmen beach sunset July 2010 child mother water sun light warm summer

Långholmen sunset 22 July 2010.

Oil Spill I

16 06 2010
oil spill BP deepwater horizon

50,000 barells per day with a proportion of this dispersed with detergents has probably contaminated 100's of millions to billions of gallons of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Sea life ecological communities could be in real danger. There could be a giant burst of microbes on its way. Lets hope the hurricanes hold off for a while longer.

Photographic museum – Stockholm – Fotografiska museet III

27 05 2010
fotografiska museet view window lookout ferry stockholm Skeppsholmen photographic museum photo photography women

Window frame and scene - Fotografiska museet - 23 May 2010 opening weekend

Gas hydrate I – Deepwater Horizon

9 05 2010
gas hydrate methane water oil rig BOP is a Hydril 18¾ inch 15,000 psi, six-ram system with a Cameron 15,000 psi wellhead connector.

9 May 2010. The gas hydrate I structure is one of the likely possible gas hydrates clogging the "Macondome", the containment dome being lowered by BP to control the Macondo oil well under the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This sets back the containment date. Gas hydrates are crystals of water and gas. The gas in this case is probably hydrocarbon gas. The transparent black balls above represent the gas molecules trapped in the cages of the water-ice and gas structure. These gas hydrates form a vast reserve of future fuel, but are ironically the enemy in this case. They form when four things are right - that is you need water, gas, cold temperature and high pressure. Gas hydrates burn when ignited. Were gas hydrates involved in the initial explosion? Did they form in the blowout preventer (BOP)? The BOP is a Hydril 18¾ inch 15,000 psi, six-ram system with a Cameron 15,000 psi wellhead connector, apparently, and currently in a state of disastrous disrepair! Crystals of these flammable ice form on surfaces, and thats the problem with the containment effort. The dome is getting coated with gas hydrate crystals . Surface active agents (detergents) can prevent the clogging. So can glycols and other chemicals. What will BP do?

Skógafoss – waterfalls Iceland II

20 04 2010

waterfall Iceland Eyjafjöll Eyjafjallajökull volcano volcanic eruption ash

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