Saturday, June 24, 2006
Where's the Goose?
Today was one of my favorite days of the year!
The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration.
This is one of the few parades I really try not to
I like the Big Dogs Parade too, but I really go to that one to spot Basset Hounds. Of course, today I was looking for the goose that produced these eggs, but they wisely must have left her at home. :-D
These eggs are called "Cascarones," and they are a Mexican/Spanish carnival tradition (they may even have roots in Italy.) It is customary to break them over your friends' heads.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Ok, so this one is not technically a photo.
I created it in a 3D computer graphics system.
But the grass in the background is from one of
my photos :0)
This was created for my greeting card line, I am hoping to do more computer generated art in the near future, and more of it as fine art. I started out using this software for television and film special effects but, it's applications are only limited by the user's imagination.
Ever wonder why Easter changes dates every year?
Easter is never earlier than March 22nd or later than April 25th. The reason for this change is the fact that the Holiday is based upon a Hebrew calendar that itself is based upon lunar motion, as opposed to todays commonly used Gregorian Calendar which is based upon solar time periods. In fact, Easter is on the Sunday following the 14th day of the month "Nisan" in the Jewish calendar.
The month of Nisan is the first month of spring, although in a strictly lunar calendar the month could occur at any time of the solar year, an extra month is commonly added every three or four years (like the extra day for leap year,) keeping Nisan in the spring.
The fourteenth of Nisan would be 14 days after a new moon, which makes it roughly the same as the full moon. So, the simplified answer is Easter is on the first Sunday, after the First full moon of the vernal equinox (first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall in the Southern.)
All this is made a bit more complex by the fact that the accepted calculation of Easter is based upon old, slightly inaccurate tables predicting the dates of the equinox and the full moon rather than the actual time of the events.