In case you’ve been living under a rock — it’s been reported all over the Internet recently: On Jun 23rd we will be able to observe a Supermoon. If in your place of the world the cloud cover doesn’t jeopardize it, that is. That Supermoon coincides with my leg having reached a state in which I can go camping again, yay!
So in case you don’t have any plans for this weekend yet, go grab your camera and tripod and go out shooting the moon together with a nice earthly subject — a single tree, a mountain or a dimly lit building come to mind. Just remember to plan ahead. Which brings The Photographer’s Ephemeris to mind.
Yay, camping! Camp fire! Beverages! Marshmallows on fire!
I rather accidentally came across this article in the Korea Herald about the surge of food poisoning in Korea’s schools last year. 80% increase, so it almost doubled from the previous year. Mainly due to contaminated Kimchi. In September, the peak was reached with 1162 kids being hospitalized. Among a population of some 40 Million. Heard of it before? Probably nobody else beyond some government officials ever did.
To put this into perspective. Germany has about double the population. In the same month last year there was a, what government and media considered gigantic outbreak of Norovirus, carried by frozen fruit from China. The story made it to news headlines world-wide for weeks, task forces had been formed, companies shut down. Jurisdiction is now folding things up. In that outbreak, according to the German disease control center, “at least 38 people have been hospitalized”.
Meanwhile, if you visit Korea, go eat more Kimchi. Locals believe that it’s good for your health, it’s believed to prevent you from contracting diseases such as SARS and avian flu — some even fed it to their chicken during the avian flu outbreak a few years back!