2007.10.21 20:45

Walden Pond

일요일 아침 일찍 깨서 빈둥대다 갑자기 생각이 들어서 11시 20분차를 놓치지 않기 위해 택시를 잡아타고 North Station으로 달려갔습니다.
It was very spontaneous. I picked up my stuff and went to North Station to catch 11:20AM train to Concord.

북역 (North Station) 입니다. 여기서 Concord 역까지는 느림보 통근열차로 42분 걸립니다. MBTA commuter rail은 느리게 가도 시간은 (미쿡스럽지 않게) 잘 지킵니다.
North Station. It takes 42 minutes from North Station to Concord Station. MBTA commuter rail is slow but usually on time.
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Concord 역에 내려서 일단 Thoreau 길을 따라 가다가..
I liked the direction. You first follow Thoreau Street...
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Walden 길에서 오른쪽으로 꺽어들어갑니다.
Then, turn right on Walden St.
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기차에서 내린지 25분 정도 걸었나? 도착했습니다. 주차장이 있는 입구와 반대편인 이쪽은 상대적으로 조용하더군요.
After 25 min walk, I was there. This side of the park was relatively quiet.
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Walden Pond 전경
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이제 서서히 단풍이 들어가는 중입니다.
Leaves are turning colors.
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제가 타고 온 기차길입니다.
Railway I came on.
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앉아서 책 좀 읽는 척 하다가.. ^^ (Walden은 아닙니다.)
I sat around and read for a while. (Not Walden. :-) )
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Thoreau의 오두막터입니다.
This is where Thoreau's house was.
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호수 둘레를 따라 나 있는 산책로.
Trail around the pond.
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요즘의 월든은 소로우 시대의 조용함과는 거리가 멉니다. 주립 공원의 일부라 인원제한을 하기도 하지만, 특히 오늘은 Native American Summer (어떤 교수가 인디언 썸머를 이렇게 장난스럽게 부르더군요) 날씨라 주차장 가까운 쪽은 이렇게 북적대더군요.
Now Walden is far from solitude of Thoreau's time, especially a "Native Indian Summer" day like today.
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이건 복원한 오두막. 실제 사이즈랍니다.
Replica of the house.
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내부
Inside
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돌아오는 길의 단풍.
The way home.
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Concord 역입니다.
Concord Station.
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2007.07.29 23:46

Yosemite National Park

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After the Tahoe Conference, I went to Yosemite National Park with my old friend and outdoors buddy Kahye and we hiked Half Dome together. We got up at 5am and started walking around 7-7:30am - it took us long because we couldn't stay in Yosemite Village. From the times of the photos taken, we arrived at

Vernal Falls bridge at 8am
the top of Nevada Falls bridge at 9:30am
Quarter Dome stairs at 11:30am
Half Dome cables at 12:15pm - no traffic!
and finally at the top of Half Dome at 12:45pm

We took a long break at the top, and the way back did not take any shorter. In total it took 11 hours for the round trip. As written in the guide book, it was a very strenuous hike, but it was a lot of fun and energizing in some way. For future trips, this my summary/evaluation.

Good Calls
Preparing a good meal: salty sausages, buns, cucumbers and carrots, dried fruits and fruit bars, peanut butter crunch bars, small packs of fruit juice
Getting up early
Packing everything from the campsite and checking in in a hotel on the second day: it was dark and our campsite was too far. In any case, I think packing everything was a good idea, because it gave us more flexibility.
Vibram sole boots, gloves and wide brim hat
and of course, being in shape!

Bad Calls
Not having enough water and water treating tools
Not putting enough sunscreen later in the day: I got sunburn.
Not having topomap
Cotton tank top: I knew it wasn't a good idea but couldn't get everything for this trip

Lastly, I want to thank Kahye for being a wonderful travel buddy from San Juan Mountains to Californian deserts and high Sierras. I look forward to our next trip. :)

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Aerial view of Half Dome. The thin white strip on the front side of the picture is the "cables route". You can also see the famous "diving board".


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2007.05.15 22:52

Delft Tiles

This is an old post from my cyworld minihome. I watched "Girl with a Pearl Earing" last night and remembered how I was pleasantly surprised to see Delft tiles in Philadelphia Museum Art last year. It is said to be a typical decorative feature of houses built in 1700s in Philly. Supposedly, there were a population of Dutch immigrants in Philly.

http://www.phila.gov/fairpark/culture/architecture/laurelhill.html


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"Father had been a tile painter, his fingers still stained blue from painting cupids, maids, soldiers, ships, children, fish, flowers, animals onto white tiles, glazing them, firing them, selling them.

아버지는 타일도장공이었다. 큐피드와 하녀들, 병사들, 함선, 어린이, 물고기, 꽃과 동물들을 흰 타일에 그리고 유약칠을 하고 굽고 팔던 아버지의 손가락에는 아직도 푸른 얼룩이 져 있었다."


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"It was my favorite tile of his. ... This one, though, my father kept specially for us. It was a simple picture of two small figures, a boy and an older girl. They were not playing as children usually did in tiles. They were simply walking along, and were like Frans and me whenever we walked together - clearly our father had thought of us as he painted it. The boy was a little ahead of the girl but had turned back to say something. His face was mischievous, his hair messy. The girl wore her cap as I wore mine.

그것은 아버지의 타일 중에 내가 가장 좋아하는 것이었다. .. 그것은 아버지가 우리를 위해 특별히 간수해둔 것이었다. 두명의 어린이들, 남자아이와 좀더 나이가 위인 여자아이가 있는 단순한 그림이었다. 그애들은 보통 타일 그림의 어린이들처럼 놀이를 하고 있지 않았다. 그들은 마치 프란츠와 내가 같이 걸을때처럼 같이 걷고 있을 뿐이었다 - 아버지는 그 그림을 그릴 때 우리를 생각하고 있었던 것이 분명했다. 남자아이가 약간 앞서 걷고 있다 돌아서서 무언가를 말하는것 같았다. 남자애의 표정은 개구장이같고 머리카락은 흐트러져 있었다. 여자아이는 내가 늘 하는 모양으로 모자를 쓰고 있었다."

 

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"The walls of each kitchen were tiled in white, and the fireplace in blue and white Delft tiles painted with birds in one section, ships in another, and soldiers in another. I studied them carefully, but none had been painted by my father.

부엌의 벽에는 흰 타일이 붙여져 있었고, 벽난로는 새들과 함선들과 병사들의 타일로 채워져 있었다. 나는 그 타일들을 꼼꼼히 살펴보았지만 아버지의 그림은 찾을 수 없었다."

- Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

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2007.05.02 23:27

New Horizons: the Starry Night from Jupiter

New Horizons spacecraft, bound for poor Pluto, has just passed the Jupiter system and sent new looks of it. When I first saw this image earlier today, I had to get it on my desktop. Doesn't it look like van Gogh's touch?

더 이상 태양계 행성의 일부가 아닌 명왕성으로 떠난 New Horizons가 목성을 지나가면서 새로운 사진들을 보냈다고 한다. 오늘 아침 BBC에서 이 사진을 보자마자 NASA에서 원본 이미지를 찾아서 배경화면으로 만들었다. 고호의 "별이 빛나는 밤"이 떠오르지 않는지..

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If you haven't seen the Starry Night, here it is..
덤으로 "별이 빛나는 밤"도..

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Vincent Van Gogh, 1889, Oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

무지하게 운이 좋게도, 난 플로리다 케네디 센터에서 대기 중인 New Horizons도 먼 발치에서 보고, 고호의 그림도 실물로 봤다.
Luckily, I have seen the real "Starry Night" at MOMA in New York (it's breathtaking!) and the New Horizons getting ready for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in December 2005.

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More pictures from New Horizons..
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/news_center/news/050107_pressGraphics.htm
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