The recessed and dramatic crucifixion sculpture in the apse of l’église Saint Roch in Paris. The “INRI” on the sign above the head of Christ stands, of course, for “IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM” (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Acronyms in Latin and especially Greek were important to the early Church as means to communicate spiritual ideas without attracting the unwanted attention of imperial Roman persecutors. For a fascinating discussion of this, visit http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/INRI

Spring dance

Watching a spring showcase of ballet dancing yesterday, I decided to play a bit with long-exposure photography to see what I’d get (plus I was renting a Sony a7R III mirrorless for the occasion, and I was curious to see what it could do). I’m really happy with the result, and particularly like both the rich colour combined with white-clothed legs, and the way the dancers seem to emerge from - or depart into - ghostly smoke on the left.

In the mud

The frozen, clinging, beautiful mud of winter rallycross. A photo from my most recent event at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario. We went from granite-hard surface mixed with hidden ice patches on the first two runs, and then after the sun came out from behind the clouds for an hour, to liquid mud everywhere (plus the same hidden ice patches) on run #3. Suddenly keeping our cars pointing forward at all was a major accomplishment. After the run I pulled up next to Kirk Bradley (a Subaru driver) in the service area and we both pulled off our helmets and I said “What the hell was THAT?” and we laughed.

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