Carl Wiens
February 2008
Winter Skies
Old man winter blowing up a storm
Look up. Way Up.

There's a giant in the sky.

Tonight I dragged my son Jacob out onto the front porch to see the last sliver of light disappear from the eclipsing moon. Beautiful red tinges and plenty of oohs and aahs. During the eclipse the stars really shone bright. I was inspired to put together this little tribute.

Orion looms overhead all winter long, from the first frosts in autumn until the last snowflake melts in the spring. I spend a lot of time looking up at the sky, checking out the stars, when I am out flooding the rink or just going out to the studio. I like to connect the dots.

Orion, the hunter, is a constellation where the blanks are not hard to fill in. Betelgeuse, a red giant, forms one shoulder. It is a star that could supernova at any given point in time. Three perfectly aligned stars form a belt. Below the belt is a blurry grouping of stars, a sword dangling from the belt, where the Hubble telescope has detected rich birthing grounds for stars and planets.
Those who created the star maps we live by took a few creative liberties. Here's a  few more.
My favorite winter sport
What if constellation maps were created today? What would we project onto the skies?
Good Gig
Tantric love guru
Nice to have a couple of spots running in Vancouver Magazine's Panorama section each issue.  A fun and challenging selection of wide-ranging topical subjects.

Randall Watson and Taryn Dufault are really great to work with. Here's a selection of spots from the past year.

Steve Wacksman had a terrrific feature in the last issue, a 'best of' issue.

These spots run rather small, so I have to take down the elements to a basic level. Less is more.
Mysterious bee deaths
Dealing with bird hazards at airports
High-end real estate
Science of wine tasting
The making of J-pod tv show
Deaf choir
Controlling odor of municipal compost
Weapons training for film production
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