June 13, 2012

How the Wild West Really Looked

Shoshone Falls, Idaho - 1868 - Timothy O'Sullivan photo (Mail Online)

In the Mail Online a magnificent series of 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as it looked when it was charted for the first time. The photos, by Timothy O’Sullivan, one of the most famous photographers of his time, are the first ever taken of the rocky and barren landscape.

Timothy O'Sullivan, who had earlier covered the U.S. Civil War, worked with the Government teams as they explored the land in the 1860s and 1870s. The collection includes the first pictures ever taken of Native Americans. (HT Norm)

Tornado in Venice (Yes, You Read It Right!)

Wow, I wish I were there—well, er, I never got to see one “in the flesh”…

Venice, June 12 - A dramatic funnel cloud swept over Venice on Tuesday and narrowly missed the center of town, striking instead the outskirts and uprooting trees and overturning dozens of boats.

Read the full Ansa report here. Eyewitness report by Cat Bauer at Venetian Cat - Venice Blog.