I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I'm still paying for carrying a camera with a big lens to the park last weekend, so here's a picture I took with my phone yesterday while I was sitting in traffic in a cab on Seventh Avenue.
I'm obsessed with reflections, as anyone who reads this blog knows, and also with headlights and taillights on cars, so here's a nice abstract image combining both.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
There was a partial solar eclipse last week; sadly, it wasn't visible from the East Coast. This photo was taken from Santa Cruz, and shows the giant sunspot group with the romantic name AR 2192.
If I had a life list, if I believed in such things, seeing a total solar eclipse would be near the top of the list. There's one visible from Northern Europe in March and I almost signed up for a tour to see it. (Of course, right now I can barely make it to the corner so the idea of going anywhere outside of Midtown Manhattan is comical.)
If I can't make it to the eclipse, I'll just have to wait for the eclipse to come to me. There's one in 2017, visible in most of the United States.
Image Credit and Copyright: Michael Bolte (UCSC)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Many months ago, I broke my foot. It got better, then worse, then better. Months of limping took a toll on my knees. I'm not supposed to take NSAID's because of the bleeding risk, but I get away with an Advil now and then. But after three days of trudging up and down the hills of Seattle I was in serious pain and I bought some Aleve before going to Alaska.
I'd probably do it again -- every step in Alaska was worth it -- but I've been paying for it, getting by on two-thirds of a normal blood supply while undergoing the familiar endless tests and treatments for anemia. So that's why blogging has been sporadic; just going to work and doing the minimum necessary chores has taken all of the energy I have.
It was perfect October in the park this morning. Although I couldn't walk far, and the light wasn't ideal for photos, I was rewarded for the effort with a rare pair of purple finches hanging out by the feeders. Here's the male.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The cluster of stars in the bottom half of this photo is Messier 6, photographed in enough detail so that even Monsieur Messier would have immediately realized it's not a comet.
The object in the top half of the photo, on the other hand, is -- Comet Siding Spring, which this past weekend came within 140,000 miles of Mars.
Image Credit and Copyright: Rolando Ligustri (CARA Project, CAST)
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
This is the Dumbbell Nebula, number 27 on our friend Monsieur Messier's list of Things That Are Not Comets.
Small to mid-sized stars like our sun don't die in a blaze of supernova glory; they become planetary nebulae like this, throwing off layers of gas that bloom and eventually fade, while the parent star settles into sensible retirement as a white dwarf.
Image Credit and Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography)
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Traffic waiting at the Whittier tunnel, as reflected in the side mirror of our van.
I've been tweaking the blog design a little -- after six years it's starting to look less than fresh. I like the look of this font but think it might be hard to read, so haven't made a final decision about it yet.
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