The government archive has posted 3,000 historic images to the online photo-sharing site Flickr, and it's asking users to add tags, notes and comments to the photos. Many of the images lack basic information, such as where they were taken and who is pictured.
About 50 of the photos were taken during the early 1940s in Fort Worth, at Meacham Airport (including the one shown here) and Consolidated Aircraft Corp. facilities (see the rosy riveter below). Those photos are part of the Library of Congress' collection of color photographs taken during the 1930s and 1940s.
In all, the archive has about 14 million photos and other visual materials; many of them are also available on their Web site. But the Flickr project will allow users to add information that Library staff do not have time or resources to do.
I've been carrying this around all day, and didn't know what to do with it. CNN's been all over it for the past day and a half.
It's such a spectacular shot, I knew I had to do something with it. And I wanted to put it somewhere it would be safe for posterity.
This wave in the Pacific about 120 miles off the California coast is upwards of 70-80 feet.
By comparison, think of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York -- that high. Or if you're not into trees, think of a downtown building: It's about six stories high. It's 30 feet higher than "the Briefcase Man" in Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth. I think you get the idea -- it's way, way up there. And in this case, it's a mountain of water that a surfer is riding (see him down there?), and it's bearing down on him with the force of a ton of bricks.
Finally made it to the Star Wars exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Very cool. And I'm not even that big of a SW geek. That honor belongs to my wife.
A quick tip: If you're gonna go, see the exhibit in the evenings during the week. The museum's open late, it's pretty empty, and you can get plenty of face time with Darth Vader, who is the star of the exhibit. That's me with the evil one.
Also, there isn't much of a line to ride the hover craft.
Blankets of purple, orange, red and yellow are beginning to spread out across Texas roadsides, which means it's time to dust off those digital cameras and start sending us your wildflower photos. This is my favorite from year's past. Shot by the Star-Telegram's multitalented Jill(y) Johnson in '04, it captures Yanira Manzano at "magic hour" (that's a photo term) in a field of Indian Paintbrush in Arlington. I'm including a few other favorites below, and here's a link with hints on how to shoot wildflower photos like the pros.
But we want to see your wildflower photos. Send 'em here. And I'll post them throughout the season. I may even take Albino Bowler out to shoot his photo. His stark white afro looks amazing against a bluebonnet backdrop.