The National Aquarium in Baltimore was a nice place to visit just before I flew home.
This week I presented a poster at the ESF Trends in Optical Micromanipulation conference held at the Obergurgl university center in Austria. A really good, focused conference! Between all the talks, poster sessions, meals, and skiing I didn't have very much time or inspiration for photography, so the only good picture is this one which shows an overview of Obergurgl.
The 50th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 18-22, 2006. Here are a few pictures from Salt Lake City and Bryce Canyon which I visited afterwards.
Looking down Main Street
The newly built library. Architecture somewhat similar to the 'promenade' concept on the Silja Serenade and Symphony ferries ('floating hotel' type ferries between Stockholm and Helsinki).
A view from the roof of the library.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir hosts free rehearsals and performances, definitely worth a visit !
The Wasatch mountains as viewed from Antelope Island.
An unlucky nail in the right rear tyre forced a quick pitstop and a change of car at Avis...
On friday we made the 200mile trip south of SLC to see Bryce Canyon National Park.
Driving through Red Canyon on the way south
I thought I felt a definite shortness of breath when walking up hills at this altitude - or maybe it's just lack of exercise...
The beginning of Grand Canyon in the distance...
An overview of Bryce Canyon
Teemu living on the edge
A formation called Natural Bridge.
Our group attended the 2005 Biophysical Society annual meeting in Long Beach, California.
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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club hosted the 2003 IOM World Championships.
A view of the marina. We sailed outside the high breakwater in the background.
Practice sailing on day 1 with downtown Vancouver in the background. Notice how tiny the IOMs look with a small ring when viewed from the breakwater!
The Discos sported an aft deck patch to prevent the 'NZL-effect'
The event sponsor had some nice cars on display parked just outside the yacht club!
Slim-chance, a UK design I had not seen before.
The measurement tank, with vertical bars for checking LOA, and horizontal bars for checking overall depth and hull depth.
During sailing we could store our boats in a tent on a pontoon at the end of the breakwater.
Craig Smith's TS-2.
The courseboard described the course and what heat was currently sailing.
At big events a heat-board like this is mandatory - it allows competitors and organizers to check in which heat a skipper is sailing.
Some judges. Note the 'umpire-red' glove! On the water judging worked really well at this event - partly I think due to the great visibility from the breakwater: both competitors and judges always had a clear view of what was going on. So more elevated control areas for international events please!
Sailors on the breakwater.
A view from inside the boat-storage tent.
All of the A-heat boats heading for the downwind gate...
and here we see the leaders have already rounded.
This was the event where the arm-winch made its breakthrough. Here's a view from one side of the Isis...
and here's the other side. This is Trevor Binks' boat, he won the event.
A local sea-creature.
Mount Shasta, the second highest peak in California outside Sierra Nevada, 4322 m high. Last erupted around 200 years ago with a high probability of erupting again...
Another view of the peak hidden in clouds.
A landscape not so different from Finland ?
Wondering at the amount of snow (in June !) in Lassen Park. The road through the park had opened the same week. This was unfortunately a trip on which I learned the hard way about battery management for digital cameras. The batteries to my real camera (a 4 Mpix Minolta S404) died very early on and so all I have from the rest of the trip is taken with the then novel phone camera (like this pic), with not so satisfying results...