TG #49

TG #49 : 1958 Aerial Mapping + Australian Pelicans + H20 in Freefall + Shutterbug kunanyi


Yes, it has been a while, and it has been an eventful time since our last issue. A daughter has arrived, and consequently it seems that the entire summer sped by faster than could be imagined.

In this issue, we fly back to the 1950s and over Tasmania with stereographic cameras and learn about the cartography behind our topographic maps. You may be familiar with the contour lines and neat hand-writing on our state maps, but it is quite the revelation to see the actual process. The machinery and skill sets have changed beyond imagining. When “Modern Mapping” was filmed, Sputnik had been circling Earth for only a few months, and today we have the ability to flip between satellite maps with a few flicks of a thumb.

We’ll also read one of Sarah Lloyd’s excellent ecology pieces from the Disjunct Naturalists site, in which the glorious pelican is introduced. We have excellent images alongside provided by Dr. Eric Woehlor and Birdlife Australia….these are majestic birds and always worthy of our appreciation.

A bit of surreal whimsy will amuse you for five minutes with perhaps the most impressive bubble you’ll ever see – this one floating in free-fall on the International Space Station. Enjoy!

We also travel into Hobart’s backyard with regular contributor Roy Vieth from Shutterbug Walkabouts and enjoy several views of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. For a mountain that is so familiar in its presence, it has an unlimited number of secret vistas to reveal.

And it appears that the next issue will mark a milestone of sorts – fifty issues, and more than two hundred articles and resources posted online for you. I hope you enjoy exploring TG as much as I do.



All the best,

The Editor