Fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev volcano (Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain and is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.
His comments on the picture: This photo was taken on November 29, 2008 at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland. It is one of a ten photo sequence that I was able to capture as the eagle came in to capture his prey. These majestic birds have made a tremendous comeback from being just a memory.
Pictured above is Barack Obama giving a speech at the University of Southern California in support of California Proposition 87 in 2006. The proposition would have established a $4 billion program with a goal of reducing petroleum consumption by 25%, with research and production incentives for alternative energy, but it did not pass. In terms of Obama's energy policy, he has consistently argued for a reduction in the usage of fossil fuels, having voted for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and opposed drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Success! It took me two days to find the video of this beautiful rainbow. It's available here (watch a commerical first) or here (commercial free). When I first saw it on CNN I really took notice because is was exceptionally large and beautiful and a double one, at that. The timing was remarkable. This rainbow appeared over Washington, D.C. shortly after the end of the memorial service for Tim Russert.
Those who attended had just heard an accoustic version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" similar to this one. I have no doubt a Our Lord blessed us with this moment. Have you read the book "God Winks at Us? I recommend it highly. This was one of his winks.
Also, there was one person's first hand account worth passing along:
This is probably one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had in my life. 10 minutes after the memorial at the Kennedy Center ended and the acoustic version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" came on as people were leaving, I heard people outside of my apartment in DC on their balconies. I ran out to discover this full rainbow over the National Cathedral! It had to have covered the entire city of DC. There is no doubt in my mind that it was from Tim Russert himself. The weird thing is it didn't rain all day and then it rained for about 3 minutes after the memorial ended only to stop and create this beautiful scene. I want NBC to share this with EVERYONE! NBC
Two nights after two hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center, causing it to collapse in a mound of twisted wreckage, Frank Silecchia had just helped remove three bodies from the rubble when he looked up and saw a scene he says transfixed him.
Among the debris from Tower One that had crashed onto the floor of the atrium of Building 6, the laborer with Local 731 said he saw steel beams strewn about in the shape of crosses that reminded him of depictions showing Jesus Christ and two thieves being crucifies on Calvary.
"I seen this picture of Calvary with three, four crosses in it. The main structure of Christ's cross was in front of me. It took my breath away," said Silecchia.
Among those to whom Silecchia showed the cross was Father Brian Jordan, a priest at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Midtown, who was offering communion to workers at the site. source
Jordan persuaded city authorities to pull the largest of the crosses from the wreckage intact and save it as a memorial. The cross will be removed from its resting place in the wreckage in a ceremony Thursday afternoon.
"They'll have something to hang on the wall, and some inspiration," said Silecchia, who describes himself as a born-again Christian.
It will be moved to the exterior wall of nearby St. Peter’s Church during construction at the trade center site. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation has said it plans to include the cross as part of its memorial or inside the Sept. 11 museum.
“We are all anxious for some type of God’s presence,” said the Rev. Brian Jordan, who dedicated it.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Its bow stem was made with tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. The bow stem is the foremost portion of the ship where it cuts through the water and offers hull integrity.
"The significance of where the WTC steel is located on the 684-foot-long ship symbolizes the strength and resiliency of the citizens of New York as it sails forward around the world," said Cmdr. Quentin King, Navy program manager representative on site. "It sends a message of America becoming stronger as a result, coming together as a country and ready to move forward as we make our way through the world."