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That Time Of Month Again

Two days past new moon, and the thin, bright, crescent moon is making the evening sky in the west extra beautiful.

Every month there’s a good chance that something else relatively nearby (on an astronomical scale) will be up there with it.

This month it’s Venus, up there to the left. (Ignore the lens reflection of the moon up there on top, it’s an illusion.)

In theory, Mercury’s there right below the moon, about a smidge above the mountain in the lower right corner, but you won’t see it in these images. It’s still way to close to the Sun and will set before it gets dark enough to be seen. If you want to see it, go look back in May when they were all there together and a little higher and closer together.

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Random Old Photos – August 27th

February, 2010. Marina del Rey, CA.

Specifically, at the California Yacht Club. I had attended the christening of my boss’ racing yacht, specifically built to win the TransPac race to Hawaii. (Spoiler: it didn’t.)

There with a whole slew of very rich folks wandering around in bare or stockinged feet because we weren’t allowed to leave any scuff marks at all on the virgin, white, unmarred deck. I was more concerned with the glass shards everywhere after the giant magnum of champagne was broken across the mast. I’m thinking that a fair amount of blood might have been a bigger mess to clean up than a couple of scuff marks, but what did I know?

The party was going strong but I was getting massive fish-out-of-water vibes, so as soon as it was politically correct I excused myself. On the way back to the car the sun was setting and I snapped this with my pocket point-and-shoot camera (too early for iPhones, my cell phone just made phone calls) and it turned out to be one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever been lucky enough to take.

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No Perseids For You

The Perseids meteor shower peaked tonight. (As always, it started a couple days ago, it will go for another couple of days, tonight was just the peak.)

We’ve got clouds. Middle of a freakin’ drought where it’s clear and a million about 99% of the time, we get clouds. But no rain.

The gods hate me.

On the other hand, we did get some very nice crepuscular rays at sunset due to those broken clouds, so it wasn’t a total bust.

The two day old crescent moon is behind those clouds somewhere, as is a very bright Venus, so maybe tomorrow night we’ll be able to go back to conjunction photos.


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Sometimes It Gets Orange Outside

Last Friday I noticed that the light coming through the living room drapes was looking very orange. This could be very good, or very very bad.

Good is a colorful sunset, somewhere on the colorful scale between “Cool!” and “HOLY GUACAMOLE, BATMAN, THAT’S SPECTACULAR!!!

This would have been probably just below the mid-range on that scale. Definitely worth grabbing the camera for and watching while it unfolds.

Bad, of course, means something very near by is burning. We’ve seen that in this neighborhood, and at this second there are plenty o’ places on the West Coast that are seeing that in spades. We, however, are not in that crisis today.

So after busy weeks trying to cram work in so I can go on vacation with a calm mind, a busy week of vacation, a busy busy week back from vacation catching up on work, an extremely busy weekend taking care of one (figurative, not literal) brush fire after another, now it’s time to dive into a new month and a new busy busy week with more deadlines and projects and tasks and pressure than I can keep track of.

So watch the sunset, check for new lizards under the car (one was there, we had a nice talk – it wasn’t the teeny tiny one from Friday, nor Doctor Lizardo, but a new, smallish but not skittish one – warned him about the birds and the raccoon), see if the next round of roses are coming back in (not yet), and fantasize about days to come (which aren’t coming, let’s get real) where I can just read, relax, listen to music, watch movies, and do it all without a deadline or responsibility in the world.

Welcome to August. Wear a mask. Get vaccinated. Stay safe.

So I’ll wat

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Sunset Panorama

We were watching the ballgame and coming out of commercial they had a gorgeous shot of the sunset from Anaheim. So I stuck my head outside – we’re about 60 miles away, but maybe ours looked like that too?

(As usual, click to enlarge and see the full-sized image.)

Maybe not quite as good – but it’s also possible that they were enhancing their image just a touch for the Chamber of Commerce. Ours was pretty good, and got better as it went along.

Not a bad way to enter into the long, holiday weekend. Stay safe, watch out for fires, watch out for lunatics, and enjoy the days off if you’ve got ’em.

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Stupid, Stupid, Pretty Sunset!

I’ve been watching all day.

It hasn’t looked that great.

It did give us a very pretty sunset, but that’s sorta counterproductive for tonight’s particular goal.

Now, at 23:05 local, with totality beginning at 04:11 local, a little over five hours from now, it’s… complicated.

On the one hand, it looks spectacular.

On the other hand, it’s about 80% cloud covered – and getting worse.

I’ve got the cameras all ready to go and the alarms set – we’ll see if I can drag my sorry butt out of bed in the middle of the night to at least check to see how cloudy it is.

Let the games begin.

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Valentine Day Sunset

It’s been a while since I did a sunset picture – some of that has been the low quality of the sunsets with either clear and a million conditions or being totally clouded over. Most of that has been due to the fact that I’ve been working a gazillion hours and usually busy and on deadline around sunset.

But today we had a nice one.

See that tiny little crescent moon up there above the palm trees? Like a gem…

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Sunset – December 26th

Happy Boxing Day, y’all!

About an hour before sunset today I was leaving the Red Cross Donation Center and found these clouds had moved in, the leading edge of the storm that’s supposed to bring us our first significant rain of the season tomorrow through Monday. It’s gorgeous! I love this picture! And it’s got different trees silhouetted than the ones you’ve seen a gazillion times from our front yard!

(I have vision of doing something historic and world changing such as discovering the FTL Warp Drive and then having a line of folks forever coming up the hill to stand in the front yard and looking at these power lines and palm trees like some kind of shrine. The power lines would have to be declared historical monuments so they couldn’t be torn down when everyone had their individual home fusion reactors in the garage right next to their flying cars…)

With the storm coming and all of those clouds, I knew we weren’t seeing Jupiter and Saturn tonight (and I was 100% correct!) but I was hoping for a spectacular sunset.

I wasn’t disappointed.

The only downside to the evening was due to my own stupidity. But, a lesson learned.

With all of that detail in those clouds I had also grabbed the camera with the telephoto lens and shot dozens and dozens of spectacular pictures. I saw them popping up on the display as I took them, checking the deep oranges against a patch of almost painful blue off on the horizon.

Did anyone else know that one of the older Canon Digital Rebel XT cameras will act like it’s taking pictures with no error messages or warnings, even if there’s no memory card in the camera, sending them off into the ether as they’re taken, not recording them anywhere at all?

Neither did I.

Turns out there’s a menu setting which will turn that off. It’s default is “on” because… Who knows? I’ve just looked through the entire user manuals for both the Rebel Xt and the Xti and all I see is how to turn this “feature” off, not why it exists to begin with. I don’t see any mention of any way to attach an external or other drive to store images on instead of a CF card. It is somewhat humorous (emphasis on “somewhat”) that instructions for turning this “feature” off are found in the “Handy Features” section of the manual. (Ya think??!!) Maybe there’s a professional photographer out there who can enlighten me.

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