May contain trace amounts of Water, Air, and Fire.

This is an Earth-like superball placed on a dark upholstery swatch. By setting the zoom at 50 percent and getting close enough that it fits edge-to-edge, I can get it to look like a real planet seen through a telescope or from orbit.

Here is the unadorned ball at actual size:

RIP Everett “Bud” Wright

My father passed away Monday morning. These are photos from Hartford Hospital Sunday night, Father’s Day, when I visited him for the last time.

A bud for Bud. This bud vase was in the car next to mine when I parked in the hospital’s garage.

The view from my father’s hospital room.