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weekly critter, January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's been so long since I've used my observatory for celestial viewing I think I've forgotten how.  Actually,  I took a break while moving dirt last week to look at the sun.  Nothing was happening.  I think we're heading for a solar minimum.  Plus the seeing was so bad I'm surprised I found the sun (it's harder than you think).


While I'm talking about astronomy we're having a rare and beautiful celestial event occurring Wednesday morning.  We'll be able to view a super, blue, blood moon.  It's super because it's orbit will bring it very close to earth so it will appear large and bright.  It's blue because this will be the second full moon this month.  It's blood because there will be a total lunar eclipse which will make the moon edges appear red...Wow.  Go outside around 6:30a Wednesday morning and look at the western horizon.  Everything should  happen around 6:45a.  No, you don't need any special eye protection.


I have two photos for you today and of course they're of the moon.  The first photo shows a video composite I did trying to obtain more surface detail.  The dark crater near the top-right is Plato and the lighter one (lower-left)  in which you can see the central uplift is Copernicus.  The second photo is of a beautiful full moon.








weekly critter, January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I don't think my heat pump has shut off in weeks.  Can't wait for the next electric bill...ouch.  We just had a typical snowstorm for this area.  About 2 inches of snow half of which melts when it hits the ground and refreezes into ice.  This Sunday it's supposed to be in the upper 60's and I wonder why my sinuses are so bad.  I want my spring.  ATT struck again.  This is the third time a connector at the top of the telephone pole has "come loose."  We lost phone service on Thursday and didn't get it back until Monday.  Originally, they said it wouldn't be fixed until Wednesday.  What service.


I have two photos today.  Remember the photo of the cute little kitten sitting on Linda's lap?   My first photo is of the 'no longer' little kitten.  The flower pot behind him is 12 inches tall.  He was an absolute riot playing in the snow.   I was sure he was going to slide off the deck.  The second photo is of a snow crystal.  I just couldn't resist.  It's been a couple of years since we've had snow.  Someday I'll be ready for it and have an outside studio set up so I can photograph snowflakes.





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weekly critter, January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Well, I'm all excited.  I purchased a set of pallet forks for my tractor.  I'm not sure what I'll do with them but everyone said I needed them.  Actually, I thought that forks were only good for lifting things but according to the youtube videos they are the best thing since sliced bread for lifting, moving, clearing brush, digging, removing stumps and as a platform for working off the ground.  I'll probably attach a sheet of plywood to them to paint the observatory and promptly fall off.  I think I've watched every compact tractor related video ever made.  Yes, I'm becoming a youtube junkie but what's there to do on a rainy day when I can't play in my shop?


The second thing I'm excited about is my website has over 20,000 hits.  Woo Hoo.


I have two photos of a killdeer for you today.  These birds are all over the Deerlick Astronomy Village.  The first photo shows him strutting his stuff and in the second he's showing me what he thought of me after I took his picture.  I can't wait for spring when the bluebirds and purple martins show back up.








weekly critter, January 4, 2018

January 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I'm retired.  Weeks aren't supposed to be this busy (or cold).   I did get some good news today.  My heart is pumping much better than six months ago and I'm out of the danger zone (barely).  Time to celebrate.


I hope y'all got everything you wanted for Christmas.  I got a set of pallet forks for the tractor and can't wait to try them out.


I have two photos for you today.  The first is called Playing With Petunias.  I haven't done anything artsy like this in a while and it was to cold to go outside and play.  That's the actual photo I took.  It was not modified in photoshop and had very little processing in lightroom.  The second photo I took several years ago and it always makes me smile.  Grandad teaching grand daughter how climb on a tree with an uncomfortable dad a few feet away 'just in case'.  The wisteria  also reminds me of spring and warm weather.  Come on spring.


I almost forgot to wish everyone a happy new year.








weekly critter, December 28, 2017

December 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This is the last critter of the year and I haven't taken any photos in the last week.  Linda and I have just been relaxing and enjoying the holidays.   As a consequence, I decided to look through the slides from when my family was in Ethiopia and picked out two from 1951.  The first photo is a dhow (I think) taken looking out over the Gulf of Arden in Djibouti.  I've always liked boats and this one looked pretty cool.


The second photo was taken on the Giza Plateau in Egypt.  That's my mother, father and older sister and brother on the camels.  Back then you could walk up and touch the pyramid.


Have a safe New Year.



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