Monthly Archives: June 2012

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

PBS’s American Masters recently ran their bio of the late late night comedian, Johnny Carson. If you missed it you can watch the entire thing, full screen (zoom it out) at the link above. It’s a fantastic biography of a fascinating man and Carson’s career runs parallel to the early history of television and the various people interviewed for this piece are also pioneers. Very worthwhile although put aside an two hours if you’re going to watch it all the way through in one shot.

Mountain laurel on Bear Mountain

Mountain laurel on Bear Mountain

This was shot with my iPhone 4S and Instagram on climb up the rocks on the north side of Bear Mountain in Connecticut.

This is an odd year for mountain laurel after last year’s kaleidoscopic explosion of blooms. I don’t know if it was the lack of snow and rain over the winter or what, but some plants have no blooms, others have peaked already. I’ve only been aware of mountain laurel blooms on hikes for a few years now so we’ll have to see what the long term trend is. We look forward to these blooms, they’re extremely photogenic and stopping to shoot them is a nice break on longer hikes.