In Saturn’s Rings First Official Teaser in 4K

Wow! Thanks to the inestimable Bob Eggleton I just discovered In Saturn’s Rings. I got goosebumps watching this trailer on my computer screen. I can only imagine how amazing, how overwhelming it will be on an IMAX screen. Filmmaker Stephen Van Vuuren has edited together and animated hundreds of thousands of photographs from the Cassini-Huygens space craft. This movie is made without special effects, just animating those photographs. Again, Wow.

Even more amazing, and true to the spirit of scientific discovery, this film is non-profit. These people and this amazing film are spreading the word about the wonders of science and they want to give us something to reach for again. They want to see humanity dream and that is a worthy goal. We are dreamers and we are curious. If we loose that, then we loose a piece of our soul, both as individuals and collectively as people. What I’ve seen is absolutely breathtaking and that these people are doing it for us, for humanity, for our future speaks to hope and to the best of what we can be.

Here is the trailer:

And their official website In Saturn’s Rings.

As this is a non-profit undertaking they are accepting donations on their official site. Look for the full feature length movie in IMAX in 2014. I can hardly wait! K.

Adventures in Gardening: Lilies, Roses and an Update on my Gunnera.

Love
--photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb) --Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb)
–Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Those of you who have been following my little blog here know that a couple months ago I bought not one but two giant rhubarb plants. Why would I do such a crazy thing? Well because they were really cute in the nursery pots and they were extremely reasonably priced compared to other like sized potted plants (now I know why). So I got two, because if one is good, obviously two is better. Then I got home and despite having a smart phone, it was only then that I decided it might be a good idea to google the things and see what they would do. O. M. Goodness. 8′-9′ tall with 7′ leaves. But they are so cool looking! So I planted them anyway. After about 3 weeks in the ground (yes I let them sit in their pots for a week or so trying to figure out where I could put them without annoying the neighbors), they’re happy and growing.
Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb) --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Gunnera (Giant Rhubarb)
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Calla Lilies --Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Calla Lilies
–Photo by K. L. Zolnoski

I also have calla lilies I planted and for reasons unknown, although I suspect micro-climates, they have never thrived. I’ve babied, fertalized, moved, divided and done everything in my power to make them happy. This year, they are finally blooming and blooming beautifully. I’m so happy. I love the speckled foliage and the colors of these calla lilies are just gorgeous.
Calla Lilies --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Calla Lilies
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Finally my roses. I have here Love, which is very happy in its new spot. We had to transplant it a couple of years ago when its old spot got shaded by a neighbor’s maple tree. Also I have pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales which is one of my favorite roses. I may have to move it this year. It’s struggling where its at and it is just too beautiful to let languish in a bad spot.

Diana Princess of Wales --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Diana Princess of Wales
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love --photo by K. L. Zolnoski

Love
–photo by K. L. Zolnoski

I’ll have more pictures of my garden as the summer progresses. I will also keep you updated on the status of my Gunnera (giant rhubarb). Not just because the Gunnera Manicata is very cool but because it is such a great story to tell. Also, I love my garden and I get such lovely pictures to share. I hope you enjoy them. K.