Country Sky versus City Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: Tomas Slovinsky; Text: Matipon Tangmatitham (NARIT)
Explanation: Dark skies are disappearing from the world. With modernization comes artificial lighting that brightens the night. While these lights allow modern humans to see, much light is wasted up into the sky. This light pollution not only wastes energy, but, when reflected by the Earth’s atmosphere back down, creates a nighttime brightness that disrupts wildlife and harms human health, while doing very little to prevent crime. Light pollution is also making a dark night sky a scarcity for new generations. While there is little that can be done in large cities, rural country areas could benefit from lighting that is fully shielded from exposing the night sky where it is not needed. The featured panorama contains 6 adjacent vertical segments taken from different locations across Slovakia — but with the same equipment and at the same time of night, and then subjected to the same digital post-processing. Although no stars are visible on the left-most city sky, the right-most country sky is magnificently dark. You can help protect the wonders of your night sky by favoring, when possible, dark sky friendly lightning.
Tomorrow’s picture: open space
These horses are historical as they are beautiful and amazing. More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland.
They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves.
Despite an unusual appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH. WHOA!
The Clydesdales made their very first appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of breathtaking Clydesdales moved father, sons, and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly after that.
They heralded a new era of prosperity for Anheuser-Busch, and a weary nation’s return to optimism. From their first appearance in 1933 to their enduring presence on the American landscape, the Clydesdales are more than the symbol of Budweiser beer; they are the living embodiment of America’s great industrial spirit.
Budweiser Clydesdales are famous all over the world for their exquisite beauty and majestic aura. These durable and beautiful gentle giants are pleasant to look at, and as it turns out, they are kind of funny as well. The video is an adorable Budweiser commercial featuring a group of Clydesdales having some fun in the snow.
One of the things that come to mind when it starts snowing is a snowball fight. I was in hysterics when these adorable horses began doing just that. The brewing company Anheuser-Busch says it owns around 250 Clydesdales. According to them, “the Clydesdales continue to be an enduring symbol of the brewer’s heritage, tradition, and commitment to quality”.