A history of the world in 100 objects

A handful of Hip a Illustrations or photos

  1. A history of the world in 100 objects
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    Image by Pickersgill Reef
    A great evening listening to the first programmes in this series. Ive been listening to the current programmes but goin g back to the begining is fabulous.

    A history of the world in 100 objects

  2. A Day on the Bridge
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    Image by EricMagnuson
    A bicycle parked next to some beautiful red geraniums on a bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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    UPDATE 2: Due to a mix up with the ending time, Im relisting my prints for auction. The auction will start anew with the same starting price, however, the ending time has been updated below.

    UPDATE: I am auctioning off this print to help the people of Haiti. Heres how it works:

    I will offer this print at a certain starting price. You may bid by posting your bid in the comments. The comment section of the photo is the official bid record! If you dont have a Flickr account, you can email me at eric@ericmagnuson.me or send me a tweet at @ericmagnuson, and I will post your bid in the Flickr comments on your behalf. When the auction reaches the closing time, the highest bidder will win the print. At this point, the winning bidder must go donate the winning bid amount to a legitimate charity involved in the Haiti relief efforts (Red Cross or Mdecins sans Frontires/Doctors without Borders are my suggestions). Once complete, take a screenshot of your donation confirmation, and email it to me along with your address (if you need help with taking a screenshot, Google it or just ask me Ill help!). After I see you have donated your bid amount to charity, I will print the photo and ship it out as soon as possible!

    All prints will be printed at the listed size professionally at Mikes Camera in Boulder, Colorado. I have never been disappointed with their prints, so bid with confidence. Also, I typically print photos on matte paper (it looks better when getting framed), but if you would like something else (glossy, semi-glossy, etc.), let me know!

    I will pay for the print to be produced and pay for shipping, so all of your donation goes straight to the cause!

    For more info, please visit the discussion in the "CHARITY PRINT AUCTIONS" Flickr group.

    Check out my other auctions here:
    www.flickr.com/esm723/tags/charityprintauctions

    Auction info:
    Starting bid:
    Ending time: 11:59 PM (23:59) on Wednesday, 27 January, 2010 (Mountain Standard Time)
    Print size: 14" x 9.3"

  3. A river runs through it (Tucson, Arizona)
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    Image by Distraction Limited
    Santa Cruz River taken from "A" Mountain, 1978. Every once in a while the gods take notice of southern Arizona and piss on it–copiously. The Weather Service thinks its El Nio.

    Its a relatively rare event to see this desert river with water. However, in the 19th century it was quit the opposite. Early settlers even reported having to contend with malaria because of the marshy nature of the river area. In the 1890s the area suffered an extreme drought combined with heavy overgrazing. Then heavy flooding in the denuded landscape lead to head cutting (usually starting at man-made irrigation channels) and the establishment of deep channels. By the mid-1940s the river had ceased flowing except briefly after heavy rains.

    Local mythology has it that the ice breaks on the Santa Cruz on the first day of the year that reaches 100 degrees.

    Now featured in an interpretive sign at Sentinal Peak Park.

    Scanned Ektakrome transparency taken with an Olympus OM-1. Adjusted as needed and dust removed with Picasa.

    1978-11e-28

    See where this picture was taken. [?]

  4. A century of Italian railway evolution
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    Image by Darkroom Daze
    Nose-to-nose, then-and-now contrast in railway technology at Catania Centrale station, Sicily (Italy)

    This contrast was just a few metres apart on Catania Centrale station, when we got back to Catania from our day in Siracusa, though I took this particular shot of the steam loco the next day at the start of our journey home. Almost a century covers the construction date of the steam loco to the time of our visit to Catania.

    (With thanks to son George who rescued me with the collage when I got badly stuck with it.)

    On the L is a modern streamlined Minuetto electric train built in or since 2004, serving on the standard gauge mainline system in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy. (Yes its the same shot as before but repeated here to make the contrast.)

    On the R is a narrow gauge steam locomotive built in 1915, and now plinthed. This worked on a now-disused line (Ferrovia Dittaino-Piazza Armerina-Caltagirone) which served a central part of Sicily with connections to Catania.

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    TRAINSPOTTER NOTES

    Electric (on L)
    This is a class ALe 3-section electric multiple unit. ALe is an acronym for Automotrice Leggera eletrice, hence self-powered light electric unit. These trains have been built by Alstom for the Italian State Railway System (FS now Trenitalia) from 2004, and the same design exists with diesel-power. They are used for low capacity lines. This one carries the number ME 065, where ME stands for Minuetto Electric. I dont have a record of what service this train was on but it went out of the station in a southerly direction (to the R), perhaps to Siracusa.
    —– Haydock, D., 2007. European handbook No. 6. Italian Railways. Locomotives & Multiple Units. Platform 5 Publishing Ltd., Sheffield.192 pp.

    Steam (on R)
    This is a class R.370 0-6-0 steam tank locomotive built by Romeo-Saronno. This class was found only on the narrow gauge (950 mm) lines of Sicily. They were all rack-and-adhesion locos like this one, using the Strub rack system for negotiating the steep gradients of the lines. This one was built in 1915 and bears the number 012. It is one of 5 known remaining examples. The line it worked on (Ferrovia Dittaino-Piazza Armerina-Caltagirone) was 81 Km long and shut in 1971 to much local protest as it was apparently a busy line. It carried mineral freight (especially sulphur) and passengers. From the records it also seems to have been a very scenic line, with fine little stations, a tunnel and several sizeable fine viaducts. If it were ever restored, it would make an excellent tourist attraction as a museum line, and the locomotives themselves would be an unusual, if not unique, attraction in their own right – at least for rail enthusiasts.
    —– Haydock, D., 2007. European handbook No. 6. Italian Railways. Locomotives & Multiple Units. Platform 5 Publishing Ltd., Sheffield.192 pp.
    —– it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrovia_Dittaino-Piazza_Armerina-C…
    —– www.lestradeferrate.it/mono37.htm

    DAYS 6 & DAY 7
    Photo collage from the sixth and seventh days of our crazy long distance rail trip from home (London) to Sicily. After our unscheduled stopover in Paris and some additional glitches, we eventually got our onward connection from Paris to Rome on the overnight sleeper train, a day late. Our next leg (Rome to Catania) took up most of our third day, and our fourth day was our first full day in Sicily, which we spent in Catania. We spent most of the fifth day on a Mount Etna excursion. For the sixth day, our final full day in Sicily, we took the bus from Catania (our base) to Siracusa, in search of Ancient Greek remains, while also getting distracted by other interesting sights, and some excellent ice cream, at various points in the day. But perhaps the most spectacular thing was the huge thunderstorm which hit us in the early part of the afternoon. On the seventh day we started on our return trip to London. By the end of the whole holiday trip we had seen things and sites from ancient Greek time to modern, so the trip felt like a mini Grand Tour. Or given the rich mythology of Sicily, Etna and the Straits of Messina (Odysseus, the Cyclops, Scylla & Charybdis, etc.) perhaps our trip was like a modern mini Odyssey of our times. Odysseus took ten years to get home. It took us ten trains – but no monsters.

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