Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Saying goodbye to Kepler, an upstate Witch Camp, Halloween in Tokyo and more in our look around the web

Farewell to NASA’s Kepler Telescope Kepler—the beloved NASA telescope responsible for discovering 70% of the 3,800 confirmed “alien worlds” to date—officially met its end yesterday. After nearly a decade of exploration, the telescope ran out of fuel and can no longer transmit data or focus on transient objects in space. During its time in flight the Kepler was able to study nearly 150,000 stars simultaneously and …

Photographs Taken Through a Lens Made of Ice

Photographer Mathieu Stern recently took a self-funded trip to Iceland to take some photos, but the difference is that his camera lens was made from ice. Yes, they turned out a bit (poetically) blurry, but otherwise the idea worked. After 45 minutes of crafting, Stern took shots of the surrounding scenery, the people who’d joined him and the fleeting icebergs—all before the ice lens melted …

Exploring the Westfjords with Hidden Iceland

Balancing adventure and relaxation in the island nation's remote region

Shards of glacial icefall chop up the landscape left and right. They’re milky in coloration, though shot through certain areas with the most magnificent blue veins—a color that denotes areas that have been recently exposed to air. This is merely a corner of Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park, perhaps most famous for housing a volcano that disrupted air travel for weeks. Our guide Ryan Christopher Connolly, …