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Need “Season Compares”?

Just go to the Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr… and read the comment feed!

On this blog, I tend to share shots of the same overlook or hike for comparison. Sometimes the shots differ by a season, sometimes they differ by a few years.

The Library of Congress has been doing a great job of uploading old photographs into their Photostream for public use. I perused a number of the shots yesterday and discovered that the Flickr community have been documenting their own comparisons! The Library of Congress would post an old photograph and someone would comment with a link to a contemporary shot of the same place.

The LOC comparisons aren’t separated by mere seasons. They are separated by a century:

B√łyabreen Glacier – circa 1890 (Photo from Library of Congress)

B√łyabreen Glacier – 2006 (Photo by I’m Flickring)

Florence Griswold House 1910 (Cropped)
Florence Griswold House – 1910 (Photo from Library of Congress)

Florence Griswold House – 2008 (Photo by rbglasson)

Stortingsbygningen –
1890 (Photo from Library of Congress)

Stortingsbygningen – 2009 (Photo by hevold)

These three comparisons show us ice replaced by dirt, a large evergreen replaced by a baby one and a park replaced by pavement.

For more comparisons, maybe comparisons of your own, visit the Library of Congress Flickr site.

February 11, 2009 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Need Nature Quotes?

Do you find yourself in need of some nature quotes? Well, then, I can hook you up! Just go to the Library of Congress and look up!

The Library of Congress – A One-Stop Shop for Great Quotes

I visited the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress last October. The interior of the building is memorizing. Not only is it downright gorgeous and appealing to the eye, but it is appealing to the intellect as well. Along the walls and the ceilings they have incorporated a number of quotes. I was pleased with how many focused on nature. Here are two of my favorites.

“Tongues in Trees, Books in the Running Brooks, Sermons in Stone and Good in Everything”

The quote comes from Act II of Shakespeare’s As You Like It:

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

“In Nature, All Is Useful, All is Beautiful”

This is a snippet of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

In nature, all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive, moving, reproductive; it is therefore useful, because it is symmetrical and fair. Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.

With all that knowledge just on its walls, it is no wonder the Library of Congress inspired a unit of measurement for information.

More pictures of my visit to the Library of Congress can be found on my Flickr site.

December 4, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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