Sunday, May 31, 2009

Face on Mars Resembles Lion

(top and bottom original photo source: NASA)

The Viking 1 orbiter photographed the so-called Face on Mars on July 25, 1976 while performing photo recon work for future landing sites on the red planet. The release of this image touched off three decades of investigation and conjecture.

The original 1976 press release from NASA stated: "The picture shows eroded mesa-like landforms. The huge rock formation in the center, which resembles a human head, is formed by shadows giving the illusion of eyes, nose and mouth. The feature is 1.5 kilometers (one mile) across, with the sun angle at approximately 20 degrees. The speckled appearance of the image is due to bit errors, emphasized by enlargement of the photo."

In April 2001, the Mars Orbital Camera (part of the Mars Global Surveyor) imaged the Face in much higher resolution. Once again depending on your viewpoint the martian landmark was interpreted as either a geologic feature that happens to resemble a human face or it represents a sculptured work - therefore purposely created.

While the Face feature rests near 41N martian latitude (coincidentally near 42N, hmm) there is an interesting comparison to illustrate.

Although I am not the first person to show this comparison my version is to take last week's masonic lion photo (see posting below,) divide the portrait in half, then position it with the high resolution NASA image of the Face from 2001. Interesting, don't you think? What is it telling us? Here is an opposing viewpoint for consideration. Perhaps the first human expedition to the area will settle this debate. Know that.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Strength & Sovereignty Guard the Grand Lodge of Iowa

Since 1955 two identical white marble statues of lions guard the entrance to the Masonic Grand Lodge of Iowa in 42N country. A mid-afternoon sun created intriguing shadows that emphasize sculptured, angular cuts of masonic power and strength.

The Grand Lodge houses an extensive library and is located at 813 First Avenue S.E. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The building is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You will find the facility is steeped in symbolism. Directly behind the white marble building to the south is 5 Turner Alley where famed artist Grand Wood painted some of his best known works. Know that.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day 2009: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The remembrance of Amercian war dead is celebrated annually as Memorial Day. One of the many ways in 42N country that the sacrifice is remembered is through the small scale version of an Arlington, Virgina sculpture. Outside of the Cedar Rapids' Veterans Memorial Building is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial portraying the flag raising on Iwo Jima from World War II.

This sculpture (above) is based on the one that Felix de Weldon designed for display half a continent away. The Cedar Rapids' version was prepared in 1960. Directly behind the flag raising diminutive is the illumination side of the stained glass window designed by Grant Wood. The story tall window, designed in 1928 was damaged during the 2008 flood (June 2008) and is being studied for repair.

As millions of Americans enjoy a long holiday weekend the words on the statue's base reflects the sentiment of sacrifices made by the men and women of our military.

"Our finest tribute to their valor will be the quality of our own lives." Know that.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lee's Summit Preservation of Rail History

A Missouri Pacific Lines caboose is on display at the 1905 train depot in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The caboose is the only rail car on display at the Historical Society Depot Museum. No sign of paranormal activity. Know that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Transformation of the Northern Michigan Asylum

Two summers ago I stopped at Traverse City, Michigan's Grand Traverse Commons to see how this sweeping complex was being transformed. Built in 1885 the Northern Michigan Asylum operated as a psychiatric hospital treating the mentally needy for decades. Part of the then cutting edge therapy was introducing patients to farming and livestock production. This experiment gained critical acclaim in professional circles for the advancement in patients' self esteem and self-worth. After many years of use the grounds fell into disrepair as the state built more modern facilities in other cities. In 2000, a group of private investors bought sections of the run down property to transform it into condos, restaurants, and shops - today known as the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. In 2007 portions of the facility had been restored while other building wings remained untouched.

Check out the gate's iron works located in the rear of the main building complex. Any symbolist will tell you that the mirrored fleur-de-lis image represents the struggle of the Trinity with those of evil forces - somehow appropriate to the battle within the mind. Know that.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Iowa's Roswell Incident

(photo courtesy of

country has its own UFO crash story.
Apparently in 1882 near Ely Station in Marion County, Iowa (close to Des Moines) a flying "arrowhead"-shaped object descended from the sky and smacked into a passenger train destroying the locomotive and two passenger cars. A U.S. government follow-up by the 12th U.S. Engineers two years later indicated that something was still pulsating deep under the debris crater. Credible? Visit the 1277 web site archive and inform yourself. Know that.