I swear the butterfly was posing for me! Please enjoy these five pictures:
We had a rare late June rainstorm last week. Quite gentle, without lightning. Here are seven pictures of the developing storm, the rain, and huge skies. Please enjoy!
Please enjoy this recent picture of a full moon, rising:
The animals around Nance Pond are more abundant and varied this year than last, continuing to repopulate after the fire. Here are 14 photos, including deer, fox, wild turkeys, skunk, a woodpecker, and others. Please enjoy!
It is an endless treasure to have a vast sky often painted with active clouds, light, color, and contrast. Here are five examples from yesterday evening. Please enjoy!
Here are five photos of a western tiger swallowtail butterfly in the garden, followed by a dove, a bee in the middle of a crepe myrtle bloom, and a California scrub jay. Also, though I don’t have a picture, yesterday evening we were sitting outside, and suddenly there was a very loud sound about fourContinue reading “A Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and Other Winged Creatures Today”
My favorite season, hands-down. I enjoy the stillness and the heat, the long days and quick cooler nights. Here is a picture of the dawn today. Enjoy!
Here are six pictures of the garden flowers still blooming: a rose, crepe myrtle, oleander, and butterfly plants. The final picture is of me from Amsterdam, in early March of 2020. I am both happy and a bit jet-lagged in that picture, and obviously “open”…. What a lovely city – hope to return next year!Continue reading “Happy Summer Solstice 2021 (and Me)!”
My book has now been published as a paperback on Amazon (tinyurl.com/2d5np68m). Now that Kindle accepts .docx manuscripts, the process is a breeze from submission to publication. Kindle tools for cover design are excellent and easy to implement. Please enjoy!
I took several 30s time exposures last night of distant high-altitude jets. Their light patterns look like ladders to me when seen up close. Earlier, our first CalFire spotter plane of the season flew overhead. Please enjoy these four pics!
I have just published BRAHMAN – Learning to Thrive in Paradise: Essays on Living Cosmic Life as a Kindle e-book on Amazon (USD$9.99), with a paperback version coming soon. https://www.tinyurl.com/2kkzudn5 Here is the introduction to the book. I am excited to publish it, and I hope everyone enjoys it, and finds it a practical guideContinue reading “Published: BRAHMAN – Learning to Thrive in Paradise: Essays on Living Cosmic Life”
I first saw the eagle, recognizing the feathers, and then the falcon, a much smaller bird. Both looking for breakfast. Please enjoy these four pictures from this morning, the first two of the eagle and the next two of the falcon:
Because the video is such high resolution, I can capture more details of the major moons this way. Here is a still from 2:45 this morning, showing the relative orbits of the moons and their phases. Enjoy!
Today I was taking pictures of the bullfrogs sunning at Nance Pond. Then I noticed something at the far end of the pond, a Western Pond turtle. I had not seen one here before. These turtles are California’s only native freshwater turtle species. They are now endangered, with an estimated 25% of the population left.Continue reading “A New Discovery – A Western Pond Turtle in Nance Pond”
A colorful and dramatic sky two days ago, during a rare rainstorm in June. Please enjoy these six pictures of that evening in Paradise:
Please enjoy these ten photos of castle ruins, and the old town of Tallinn, Estonia from a visit in 2017:
Recent visitors include deer, red-winged blackbirds, foxes, turkeys, jack rabbits and hawks. Please enjoy these ten photos of our wilderness paradise in the Sierra-Nevada foothills:
These little creatures are so active. Here are photos from the back meadow cam showing this one jumping about. Please enjoy these five photos, and your Saturday!
This morning I was up early and noticed Jupiter was unusually bright. After taking several timed, tripod photos I found one that shows six of Jupiter’s moons, a first for me. The celestial clouds of the Milky Way were also prominent. Please enjoy these two photos!
Taking a reasonably clear picture of the International Space Station (ISS) has been a goal of mine for several years, especially with the clear skies in Paradise and the frequency of observable flyovers, as many as five per night. The challenges are the intensity of sunlight reflecting from the station, its speed, about 5 mi/8Continue reading “The International Space Station (ISS)”
Here are seven favorites. The circular copper ceiling shown is the Church Of The Rock. The ceramic teapot was seen in a Helsinki cafe. Please enjoy!
Especially in hot weather, Nance Pond remains a popular place for the animals. As a child I was always pestering my parents to visit whatever zoo was nearby. Now the animals are steps away. Please enjoy these recent eight pictures of deer and foxes near the pond: