Eclipse of the blood moon

Seldom are conditions so perfect as they were on Sept. 27 for a total lunar eclipse.   These photos were taken with Nikon D 7000 and 400 mm telephoto lens,  with multiple different f stops and speeds,  then assembled with Pic Monkey software.    Enjoy—–Ed

Blood Moon Eclipse

This Week’s Weitz Calendar

Upcoming public events at
Carleton’s Weitz Center

(Note: times and venues are subject to change.  Carleton recommends verifying before you attend: .)

Film (Weitz Cinema)

Mon., Oct. 5    7:00    International Film Festival: “Entremundos” [In Between Worlds] (Spain)

Short films made in Spain from 1994 – 2014 by Toni Serra/Abu Ali.  “Part experimental essay, part visual poetry, and part independent documentary, Abu Ali’s films have explored the different meanings of trance and the realities of dreams…”  Followed by a colloquium with the director.

Lecture (Weitz Cinema)

Tue., Oct. 6     7:00    “Seeing the Elephant: Photography and the American Civil War”

Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will provide context for the Perlman Teaching Museum exhibitions.  Followed by a reception in the Museum and the Weitz Commons.

Museum exhibitions

Mediterranean Rivers, Chained and Unchained  (through Nov. 18)

Exhibition of rare illustrated books and maps from the 16th and 17th centuries seeks to understand Italian rivers, and human interventions.

Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War  (through Oct. 18)

Coinciding with the 150 year anniversary of “Mr Lincoln’s War,” the George Eastman House draws from its distinguished photography collection to chronicle and document this searing conflict.

Vintage and Local: Photography and the American Civil War  (through Nov. 18)

Presenting photographs printed during the American Civil War and its immediate aftermath, this small exhibition draws on local collections and demonstrates printing technologies from daguerreotype and tintype to carte-de-visite and pre-modern photo collages.

A Feast for Eyes and Stomach

Here are some scenes from the annual NESNA picnic,   June 21, 2o15,  at the Weitz Center.    Enjoy this slideshow.    Ed

Pigeon Feathers

I thank my wife for putting this story together.

For several weeks in June,  this beautiful pigeon  was seen scrounging for food  between 3rd and 4th streets,  in Nevada and Maple yards.   On June 16  she stood for  6 hours on rocks in our home’s area well.   A photo of her revealed she had bands on her ankles.   We called various sources  to learn that pigeon bands meant she was a racing bird,  and was lost.    She was apparently dehydrated , unfed and not flying,  an easy  prey for hawks or owls.

She was caught and placed in a bin with grass, sunflower seeds and water while we tried to find a pigeon racing club person who would take her.

A man from Faribault,  who has a flock of racing pigeons,   gladly came   and picked her up.    He races birds in 100 or 400 mile races.   Below is a photo of this pigeon with   friendly chipmunk  taken  before the daring rescue.


Fifth Annual CVEC Film Festival

It’s coming again!

The 4th Annual Northfield Summer Film Festival

This year: “The Golden Days of the Hollywood Studios”

In cooperation with Carleton College, the Elder Collegium will present a series of four great films from the 1950s.  All are free and open to the public, on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, at Carleton’s Weitz Center cinema (Union and 3rd Streets), beginning on July 7.  Here’s the schedule:

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 7:  The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 14:  Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 21:  All That Heaven Allows (1955)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 28:  The Searchers (1956)

Seminars: In connection with the above films, CVEC will again offer a course of seminars, each to be given at 9:30 the following morning and led by the presenter of the week’s film.  For more information, go to