Author: Roger Hyam

NDVI Composite satellite image over OpenStreetMap data of Scotland

This is an image of Scotland that I created as part of my job. The green is Normalised Difference Vegetation Index which is basically the difference between red and near infra-red light as seen by a satellite. This image is a composite of around one hundred and fifty satellite passes over three summers. The sensor on…

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Inside the dark box there is a shelf of the dry area and a wet area below. Tray push underneath the shelf when not actually in use.

I really must stop posting things on Facebook without posting them here first. I’ve reverted back to my “nothing on Facebook or Twitter that isn’t already somewhere else” policy. Feeling a bit post viral a couple of weekend back I stayed indoors and had some fun with paper negatives and using my dark box for…

Read More Christening the dark box with a session of paper negs

Old College War Memorial

Another month already! Towards the end of the month I’ve been finding joy again in walking and in mundane things – the true test of happiness. The extra energy has allowed me to cut back on my media consumption so I’m not looking at Twitter, Facebook or news websites just at the moment. It doesn’t…

Read More Marathon Monk: October 2018 – 233 days & 1,398 mindful miles

Pinhole photo of nearby the Meadows shrine at the beginning of the month.

A quiet month again. Lost a few days to my sinuses playing up. Had to get the bus back or work at home. There is a general feeling of embeddedness. I feel the period of being really low has past. Perhaps 2018 will just be a year I remember for dipping my toe in more…

Read More Marathon Monk: September 2018 – 217 days & 1,302 mindful miles

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I don’t feel I really understand something until I have had a go at it so, having watched some YouTube videos on Afghan Box Cameras, I had the urge to “waste” a couple of weekends building one. Now it is more or less working and I’ve learnt my lessons I can move on to something…

Read More Afghan Box Camera a.k.a. Cuban Polaroid a.k.a Camera Minutera

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Five years ago I made a commitment to do a 20 minute mindfulness walk ever day during my lunch hour at the Botanics. I put a blog post on the Wild Geese website inviting people to join me and occasionally they have. I’ve managed to stick with it through all weathers although I don’t always…

Read More Marathon Monk: April 2018 – 137 days & 822 mindful miles

Path at National Trust property in the lakes - would be lovely to walk this every day.

I’ve completed the first full calendar month of walking with a break for a week in the English Lake district. I’ve walked 22 days since I started which is around 132 miles. It feels like they are taking the town apart around me which increases my sense of solidity in a weird way. The Three…

Read More Marathon Monk: July 2017 – 22 days & 132 mindful miles

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I often hear people say that there are too many people in the world or even that responsible “people” should have fewer children. There is never the opportunity to explain fully why this is such an inappropriate thing to say but now I’ve had a rainy day with no distractions I can share my explanation.…

Read More Why we shouldn’t advocate “people” have fewer kids