Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Thoman Photography dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:33:00 GMT Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:33:00 GMT http://thomanstudio.com/img/s1/v19/u199427068-o642010281-50.jpg Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog 94 120 weekly critter, September 21, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-21-2017 We're just about back to normal around here.  There's still small stuff to clean up but that's on the back burner.  I guess we would be completely back to normal except for the kitten.  What a handful.  He's either moving at ninety per hour or sleeping.  I want some of that energy.  I think we misnamed him.  He should have been named stinky instead of stash.  That cat can even run the dog out of the room.  Hope he outgrows it.

 

Linda and I went up to Athens yesterday to walk around the State Botanical Garden and have lunch.  It was nice to get away for a while.  The garden did get hammered by Irma but I was able to find a few nice flowers to photograph.  The first photo is of a swamp hibiscus and an accompanying bug.  The second photo is of a surprise lily, one of many names.  It is also called a 'naked lady' because it flowers then the leaves grows around the bloom.  Y'all know I can't pass up photographing a naked lady.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) birds flower georgia state botanical garden hurricane irma kitten lunch naked lady stash stinky surprise lily swamp hibiscus http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-21-2017 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:32:45 GMT
weekly critter, September 15, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-15-2017 What a week.  We lost power, water and cell service Monday morning well before Irma really hit.  We finally had power restored late yesterday.  Living without electricity wasn't a big hassle but not having water stinks, literally.   Fortunately, we had a good supply of drinking water and could use the hot tub water for the toilet but I'm in my mid 60's and refuse to take a cold shower (as if I needed one).  If we didn't have power back by today I  was going to soap up and go jump in the lake.  This morning it was so nice to take a long hot shower.  Other damage was minimal except for all the ruined food.  In the past when we've had an extended power outage it's always been in the winter so thawing food wasn't an issue.  Since I'm getting old and like my creature comforts I may just have to buy a generator.  It's only money...right.

 

I have two photos for you today, both taken several months ago.  The first is of a bumble bee and the second is a rhododendron.

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, September 10, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-10-2017 Just sitting here waiting for the big blow to start.  Actually, my driveway is green from all the leave blown out of the trees.  I hope all of my friends, especially those in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, have moved to high ground.  This storm could be nasty.

 

Animal dynamics are something to behold.  The cat loves the dog (really), the kitten wants to be friends with the cat but is leery of the dog and the dog just wants to be left alone.  However, at feeding time everything changes.  The cat wants the kitten food, the dog wants the cat food and the kitten wants everyone's food, including ours.  What a munch mouth.

 

I have three photos this week.  The first is of the sun.  I figured this was appropriate since we won't be seeing it for a while and there is some sunspot activity.  The second is of a Windward Flare orchid.  It will probably be blown to bits tomorrow.  The last is called 'life is good'.  A glass of wine and a kitten to play with.  What more could you want.

 

Please stay safe.

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy cat dog flower flowers friends hurricane kitten life is good orchid rain solar activity sun sunspot http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-10-2017 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:17:23 GMT
weekly critter, August 31, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-31-2017 I don't think I've done anything constructive this week except go see doctors.  At least I now have antibiotics for my quarterly sinus infection. 

 

Other than that the only exciting thing that's happened around here is the addition of a new family member.  Meet Stash, which is short for mustache.  All you children of the 60's quit smirking.  I came up with Stash because he looks like he has a mustache.  Linda wanted to name him Star Stuff.  I just couldn't see me going outside to call him and yelling 'stuff'.  Stash is a rescue kitty a friend in the neighborhood was fostering and he's about three months old.  Aside of one 'accident'  he's settling in nicely.  Our other cat Lily hates him of course but she'll settle down in a few days.  One thing I really like about this kitten is he knows how to play with us and not use his claws.  There's been no blood spilled, yet.  Although, I was rather unceremoniously awakened about 3am when he chomped down on my big toe.  It's been a long time since we've had a puppy or kitten.   

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) doctor kitten kitty. mustache rescue star stuff stash http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-31-2017 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:39:02 GMT
weekly critter, August 24, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-24-2017 I hope everyone got to see the eclipse.  If you have solar glasses save them for the next eclipse on April 8, 2024.  Linda and I watched the eclipse from our house where we reached 98+ of totality. It was really beautiful.  We were all packed and loaded to travel to a farm in the path of totality near Greenwood SC with friends from the Deerlick Astronomy village but...no good deed goes unpunished.  Friday we did an eclipse outreach for 100+ 4th graders.  I guess Linda caught some form of  'kid cootie crud' which really zapped her energy.  We decided not to share our 'gift' with friends, so we stayed home.  I don't know if it's a cold or flu but she's still not feeling well and neither am I. 

 

So guess what I've photographed for you this week.  I like the moon swallowing up the sunspots.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy cold eclipse flu moon outreach school solar glasses sun sunspots http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-24-2017 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:55:33 GMT
weekly critter, August 18, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-18-2017 I've finally finished my last eclipse outreach this morning and hopefully have answered the last few 'fake solar glasses' questions.  I'm so angry with amazon and the media induced hysteria I could scream.  And the Georgia (and elsewhere)  school districts that are not letting their students outside to view this historical eclipse...because their scared they might be sued.  But it's OK to let them play football (yes, I enjoy football).  What morons.  We won't have another eclipse like this for 375 years.  

 

If y'all purchased/received solar glasses and are unsure if you can use them you need to put them on in the house and look at a bright light.  It should be totally black.  If you see the light destroy the glasses.  Then take them outside and look at the sun.  You should see a yellow/orange sun and have no discomfort, such as looking at the sun with sunglasses causes.  There have been a few fake solar glasses distributed by a chinese company through ebay and amazon.  You can see a bright light through them inside the house.  If you wear glasses (or contacts) put your glasses on then the solar glasses.  That is, your glasses are between your face and the solar glasses.  Do not use the solar glasses to look through binoculars or a telescope.  They are not made for that and you will be blinded.

 

OK, I'm off the soap box...again.

 

I have two photos this week.  Since were having a miserable heat wave (108 deg heat index on Wednesday when I mowed 4 acres of grass and 114 deg heat index on Thursday while trying to finish what I couldn't on Wednesday) I thought I'd show something cool.  The first photo is of the lake at Vogel State Park.  A beautiful cold mountain lake.  The second photo is of a waterfall in Tennessee.  The pool about half way down looks so inviting.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) amazon astronomy eclipse heat outreach questions schools soapbox solar glasses vogel state park http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-18-2017 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:23:00 GMT
weekly critter, August 3, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-3-2017 It's been a couple of busy weeks.  It seems like every school and library within 75 miles has waited until now to request an eclipse outreach program on August 21st.   Not that we could/would have presented a program since most everyone is heading for the path of totality.  If you've not seen a total eclipse it's something rare and beautiful.  We won't have another eclipse like this (one that passes across the entire US from west to east) for several hundred years. 

 

If you're going to watch the eclipse buy some solar glasses.  Lowes carries them for a couple of dollars.  Do not use welders glass unless it's at least shade 14.  Don't use sun glasses, cd's, mylar bags or smoked glass.  If you use anything except solar glasses you will not feel the damage the sun is doing to your eyes and may end up blind.  If you are not in the path of totality you must wear the solar glasses during the entire eclipse.  If you're in the path of totality you can remove the glasses during the 2+ minutes of totality and see things like the diamond ring and bailey's beads.

 

OK. I'm off my soap box.  Enjoy the eclipse.

 

I have two photos for you today.  The first, of course, is of the sun.  There's not much going on the surface of the sun but it's still fun to look at.  We've been at a solar minimum for months now.  There were some beautiful prominences (plasma following lines of magnetic flux) which look like flares coming off the suns surface but my new camera refuses to photograph them.  I'll figure it out.  The second photo is part of Trahlyta falls, the waterfall at Vogel state park.

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, July 21, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-21-2017 Linda and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary yesterday.  How time flies when you're having fun.  We started the day in the tree house, our lowest deck which seems to be sitting in the trees, sipping coffee.  Later we went out to lunch then home to relax the rest of the day.  We need to do that more often.

 

I have three photos for you this week.  The first is of a thunder storm taken just outside the door of the photo studio at the John C Campbell Folk School.  I think this would make a good black and white photo.  Maybe next week.  The second photo is of a Rattlesnake Master.  The third photo is of the placard describing the plant, just in case you thought I was making the name  up.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) anniversary deck flower flowers jccfs john c campbell folk school rattlesnake master relax thunderstorm tree house http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-21-2017 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:27:21 GMT
weekly critter, July 14, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-14-2017 ATT finally got our internet up and running again.  It 'died' Wednesday night and started working again late Thursday evening.  I don't know how widespread the outage was but I couldn't get through to the repair dept.  It's amazing how much I use the internet for communicating with others.

 

Other than no internet and fighting with direct tv things have been pretty good around here.  We got to spend time with family visiting from Utah and Wednesday my brother and his wife invited us to come over and have elk burgers.  If you've never had an elk burger you're missing out on something delicious.  In fact, if I had a ready supply of ground elk I'd never make a ground beef burger again.

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is a bergamot flower.  The photo was taken at the UGA Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center near Blairsville.  My second photo of an old building was taken on the John C Campbell Folk School campus.  In color it is a rather dull photo but works well in black and white.  I really like all the lines directing my eyes through the photo.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bergamot black and white photo elk flower flowers internet john c campbell folk school uga georgia mountain research & education center http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-14-2017 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:28:30 GMT
weekly critter, July 7, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-7-2017 Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th.  We sure did.  Started the day sipping coffee and watching the Peachtree road race. Later we went out to the deck and watched the tubers and skiers.  When it got to hot we came  inside and watched a stage of the tour of france and ended the day watching the Capital Fourth. 

 

Yesterday I spent the day taking the RV to Augusta for a recall. What a way to spend the day.  Today, I had just gotten out of bed and was sipping some coffee when Linda came in to tell me that our water system was leaking. Boy was that an understatement.  The sediment filter had ruptured.  I turned the water off and proceeded to try and open the filter.  Guess what?  The PVC inlet and outlet lines broke.  Have I mentioned how much I like plumbing.   So, on to the main cutoff valve.  The broken line was still leaking which I attributed to water in the lines.  After a trip to Lowes and lunch the line was still leaking.  Ok, it  had to be the water heater siphoning.  Two hours later I stuck my finger on the leaking pipe and there was pressure.  It wasn't siphoning, the main cutoff valve had failed.  Have I mentioned how much I like plumbing.   So, off to the street to shut off the valve there.  The leak stopped and I repaired everything else...except the main cutoff valve.   I think I'll wait until tomorrow to tackle that.  By the way...Have I mentioned how much I like plumbing.

 

I have two photos taken at the John C Campbell Folk School during my class.  The first is of a day lily and the second is a bumble bee on a St John's wort (I think).

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bumble bee day lily flower flowers fourth of july holiday john c campbell folk school peachtree road race plumbing http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-7-2017 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:33:01 GMT
weekly critter, June 22, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-22-2017 I had a wonderful time  last week teaching my photography class.  I couldn't have asked for a better group of people.  We visited Vogel State Park and the gardens at the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center in Blairsville.  Both places are beautiful and made for two fun days.

 

Its done nothing but rain since I got home.  Now the grass at the observatory is going to grow and I'll have to cut it again.  At least with the dark and rainy mornings I can pull the covers up and go back to sleep.  Being retired is great.

 

I have photos of lily's for you today.  The first is a pineapple lily and the second is a calla lily.

 

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Dan

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weekly critter, June 10, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-10-2017 I know I'm late again but I spent Thursday and Friday at the observatory cutting grass and with Donnie's help installing two breaker panels and outlets for the RV's.  Woo-hoo, we have power.  We're getting close to having everything finished and hopefully can stop hemorrhaging money.  There ain't much left...money that is.

 

I'll be at the JCCFS teaching next week so there won't be a critter.  Looking forward to a fun week.

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is a two for one.  An unidentified mushroom with a fly on it.  Notice the two spikey looking things sticking up?   The second photo is of our new Grand Design Imagine RV in its new RV shelter.  Those new chairs in front of the RV are screaming for a new patio.  And so it goes.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) RV astronomy chairs grand design imagine john c campbell flok school oservatory patio. power http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-10-2017 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:47:41 GMT
weekly critter, June 1, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-1-2017 It's been kind of a busy week.  I'm not sure what I've gotten done, besides recovering from filling 400 feet of trench, but I've been busy.  I was hoping to have some mocking bird chick pictures this week but I forgot to take my camera to the observatory.  That's like forgetting my head (which I've probably done a few times). 

 

I have two photos this week of an armyworm moth.  If I've misidentified it please let me know.  It's hard to see but in the first photo his abdomen comes out and points up, relative to the rest of him.   I would have taken a side photo but it started pouring down rain.  The second photo which is a closeup of his head is actually a focus stack of five photos.  At this magnification the depth of field is less than a millimeter.  So to get an in focus image I needed to change the focus point five times and combine the images. 

 

There are still a couple of spots open in my photography class at the John C Campbell Folk School.  It's going to be a fun week.  If you're not interested in photography they offer around 50 other categories of classes ranging from blacksmithing to storytelling.    https://folkschool.org. 

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) abservatory armyworm moth astronomy bird birds camera jccfs john c campbell folk school mocking moth rain http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-1-2017 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:07:54 GMT
weekly critter, May 25, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-may-25-2017 Linda and I about worked ourselves to death last Friday filling in by hand over four hundred feet of trench at the observatory.  We should have spread it out over several days (or hired someone) but I had a solar outreach event on Saturday and the rain was supposed to start on Sunday.  The rain did start Saturday night and still hasn't stopped.  Saturday evening a neighbor called and said the observatory roof was partly open. Luckily he had a key and closed it for us.  So Sunday we had to run back out to the observatory and check it.  No rest for the weary.  Now I only need to hook up the electricity to the RV (without frying myself) and we'll be good to go.

 

I have two more bird photos for you today.  The cute couple are cardinals and their nest is in the front yard.   As of Sunday, the mocking bird eggs in the observatory warm room still hadn't hatched.

 

You can see full resolution images from all my blogs on my website.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter, May 18, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/5/weekly-critter-may-18-2017 It's been another brutal week working at the observatory.  Not a cloud in the sky with temperatures in the low to mid 90's.  Monday, cutting grass.  Tuesday, cutting grass, cleaning up construction debris and having trenches dug for water and electric. Wednesday we laid the electric and water lines (over four hundred feet).  Friday, after pressure testing the water lines,  we have to fill in the trenches.  What fun.   I need a vacation.   I still don't know how I had time to do stuff like this when I worked for a living.

 

I have two downy woodpecker photos for you this week.  The first is of a male downy feeding a female downy.  He's trying to show her what a good mate he'll be.  The second is of the male strutting his stuff.  He's sitting on a very dead Dogwood tree.  Linda and I had been nursing that tree for over 25 years.  Last summers drought and excessive heat killed it.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bird birds cutting grass dogwood downy woodpecker drought electric line heat observatory water Line http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/5/weekly-critter-may-18-2017 Thu, 18 May 2017 16:07:04 GMT
weekly critter, May 11, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/5/weekly-critter-may-11-2017 It's a beautiful but windy day here in Georgia.  Supposed to be in the 90's this afternoon.  I sure hope it doesn't make it.  It was 95 yesterday.  That's too hot for May. 

 

I spent Monday night at the observatory to try out my new camera.  This is not a DSLR but a camera designed for astronomical photos. I know it was almost a full moon but I had to try anyway.  It is after all a new toy.  I did get a couple of decent photos of the moon but my Jupiter photos  were terrible.  I didn't realize the seeing was so bad.  It was either that or I don't know what setting I need to use. I'll figure it out.

 

My first photo today is of  'the bird nest'.  I entered the warm room heading for the observing area when this bird about knocked me over.  Neither was expecting the other.  I looked around trying to locate the inevitable nest and couldn't find one.  Yea.  After taking the outreach equipment from the truck to the observatory I looked around the warm room again and located the nest in the coil of wires which run from the observatory to the warm room.  Good, now I can get rid of it and maybe she won't come back.  Wrong, it had four eggs in it.  They are mocking bird eggs and since I like mockingbirds I guess the warm room door won't be installed for a couple of weeks.  I'm going to be using the observatory next week so I guess she'll just have to get used to me.

 

The second photo is of an orchid.  I don't know what the name is or even where I took the photo.  If you can Identify it please let me know.

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, May 4, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/5/weekly-critter-may-4-2017 It's another rainy day in Georgia.  I know we need the rain but it'll just makes the grass at the observatory grow.  A friend stopped by the observatory last week just prior to an outreach event, looked around and said "you have to much grass."  Don't I know it.  But he did help me cut the grass for which I was very thankful.

 

Linda said I misspelled the name of the 'little cmperor orchid' last week.  I showed her the tag that came with it and she said "you copied a misspelled name."  Oh well.  There is a 'little emperor orchid' so I guess that's the correct name.  Can't get away without having everything fact checked these days.  Actually, I appreciate people correcting something I've mislabeled.

 

I have two photos today.  The first is a black widow.  It and about ten others were living in my well cover.  Here I thought they were solitary critters.  Not that it's a big problem, I've sampled wells for decades and have found everything from a child hiding from his mother to a coral snake in well houses and covers.  The most common thing found were wasp nests.  The second photo is of an Iris.  I love photographing these flowers.

 

enjoy

Dan

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weekly critter, April 27, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/4/weekly-critter-april-27-2017 My web site now has over 16,000 hits.  Woo-hoo.   I'm supposed to be out working at the observatory today but it's about to pour so I decided to put it off till tomorrow.  If anyone wants something fun to do on Saturday, Sharon Shenanigans, the Sharon GA community fair will run from 10a to 4p.  If it's sunny we'll be there with our solar telescopes.

 

I have two photos today.  The first is of a rose-breasted grosbeak.  We have a pair hanging around but they won't stay long.  These are such beautiful birds.  The second photo is of a new orchid Linda found named Little Cmperor.  Who comes up with these names?

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bird birds flower flowers little cmperor rain rose-breasted grosbeak sharon GA sharon shenanigans http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/4/weekly-critter-april-27-2017 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:14:20 GMT
weekly critter, April 23, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/4/weekly-critter-april-23-2017 It's been a busy week.  Linda is finally feeling better and getting back to normal.  I spent Thursday and Friday working on the observatory and Saturday we spent all day at Madison fest doing solar astronomy outreach.  Today I'm not moving from the comfort of my chair and Linda has taken over the couch.  We're going to act like the cat and do nothing all day except relax.

 

I have three photos for you today.  Sorry Sue but two of them are astronomy related.  I've had several people ask what the faint fuzzies in deep space really look like through the telescope.  So, the first one is of the Sombrero galaxy.  It's the fuzzy thing in the upper middle of the picture.  Impressive, huh. I'm not sure why star trails are showing up on some of the stars.  It should be all or none.   The second photo is of (starting at the bottom) the moon, venus and mars.  The third photo is of a carolina chickadee.

 

enjoy

 

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bird birds carolina chickadee festival mars moon observatory outreach solar astronomy sombrero galaxy venus http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/4/weekly-critter-april-23-2017 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:35:55 GMT
weekly critter, April 13,2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/4/weekly-critter-april-13-2017 It's a beautiful spring day here in Georgia.  Warm weather, the trees are greening up the flowers are blooming and everything is a nice shade of yellow/green from all the pollen.

 

No, I haven't finished the warm room yet.  Linda hasn't been feeling good and I wanted a few days off.  I'll be back at the grind this afternoon.  It's almost like having a job.  The economy must be doing great.  We finally got a landscape/hauling guy out to give us a bid for some grading work.  He wanted $8,000.00. Ouch. 

 

I have three photos for you today.  The first is of our 'first of the season' ruby throated hummingbird.  I don't usually like 'bird on feeder' photos  but I wasn't set up to photograph him on a flower.  The second photo is of a green anole strutting his stuff and trying to impress the females.  The third photo is of Messier 42, the Orion nebula.  This is a stack of 11 photos.  They were taken at ISO 800 and are from 5 to 30 second long exposures.  I tried stacking the photos in deepsky stacker but could not get the software to work properly.  I ended up doing it by hand in photoshop.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) M42 anole astronomy bird birds green anole orion nebula pollen ruby throated hummingbird stacking http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/4/weekly-critter-april-13-2017 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:47:39 GMT