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:
Now that Spring is fully underway, many animals are plentiful and active near the canyon, especially the deer. Here are nine recent pictures from the cams. Happy Sunday and please enjoy!
The Sun comes up so early these days, and the Moon and Jupiter are close by. Today I was able to photograph a fifth moon of Jupiter, something that I haven’t seen before. Please enjoy these two pictures from 0500 this morning!
I took a clear picture of Jupiter and its four moons at dawn yesterday, and wanted to share five favorites of these distant planets. Jupiter is ~525M mi/ 845M km away, and Saturn is ~800M mi/1.3B km distant. Please enjoy!
Here are six photos taken during the waxing, full, and waning moon these last four nights, including dawn today. Please enjoy!
Happy Tuesday! Here is a small collection of recent beauty borrowed from nature – Four photographs. Please enjoy!
We had a cloudburst which is very unusual this time of year. Here are five of my favorites from the evening. Please enjoy!
I always take my camera with me down to the pond. Here are seven favorites from yesterday. Please enjoy!
My gamecam captured the first daytime picture of a gray fox I have seen, going for a drink at Nance Pond on May 20th. It is rare for them to venture out during the day. Enjoy!
This sequence of four photos is from yesterday morning, from the gamecam in the side yard. This young buck is around the property often. Enjoy!
At least two large weather systems are converging over our area, making for an endless show. Here are eight favorites of mine. The first four are from last evening, and the second four are from this morning. Enjoy!
To honor my Norwegian roots, I am celebrating today, May 17th, the national day of Norway. My paternal grandmother was from Norway. Please enjoy this photo of a meteor from last night, as Norway’s holiday had already begun:
While I was outside taking pictures of the clouds just now, three vultures began flying through the yard and close overhead. Here is a good picture of one of them. it was a brief bit of magic:
Here are four photos from this morning. Enjoy!
I awoke around three this morning and saw that the sky was clear, so a good time to take 30s. time exposures of the Milky Way. Here are my favorite four. In the last photo, the faint vertical track of a satellite can be seen heading northeast. Please enjoy!
These are scenes near Schwerin Castle (completed 973 AD) except the last one. Please enjoy these seven images:
We walked downtown, and also visited the Royal Museum. Here are six favorites of mine:
A small flock has moved into the pond perimeter this Spring. Here are three of my favorite pictures from today. Enjoy!
Happy Saturday, all!
From my gamecams this morning. The deer are coming close to the house now. Here are three pictures. Enjoy!
Another brief travelogue – Please enjoy these seven photos!
Here are seven pictures from my visit, each with a caption. Most are of the island, as that is where my family lived from 1969 to 1972. When our family arrived large demonstrations had just ended – in favor of Mao Tse Tung’s Cultural Revolution. This time the large demonstrations began the day after IContinue reading “Hong Kong 2019”
This looks very much like late afternoon, until you notice the stars, and that the lights are on.
It was early morning during our visit and we were the first group to arrive, so I had the angels to myself.
From a visit last year, the week before the pandemic shut the world down. It was cold, though quite scenic too.
Here is a striking personification of natural curiosity and focus by a turkey vulture, as it spotted me, and came over for a visit while I was down at the pond yesterday. The wingspan of these birds is about six feet, or just under two meters. Since coming to Paradise I have felt a kinshipContinue reading “Turkey Vulture at Nance Pond”
I was down at Nance Pond behind the house and this one flew into a nearby tree. They are songbirds and this one was singing. Enjoy!
This one landed in the side yard and is taking off again. Enjoy!
Today I pulled the picture card from the camera facing the back meadow, and was very surprised by a sequence of photos taken two seconds apart. In the first, a deer is exiting the frame to the right, and a very bright and focused light appears on the ground like a beam of some sort,Continue reading “A Strange Light In The Woods”
I rebuilt my small rock tower in front of the house and the lizards love to perch there. This one hung out for several hours. Enjoy!
I was discussing photography with a friend who is a professional photographer. He favors black and white for his personal work, so this morning I decided to experiment a bit with this picture of a house and the rising moon above it, removing a lot of shadow and most of the color. Enjoy!
The moon wasn’t up until about four this morning, providing a darker night with more stars visible. The glow on the horizon at right is from the Sacramento Valley and Chico (30s. exposure – Nikon P950). Enjoy!
The moon is growing full now and a thirty second time-exposure at night makes it look like daytime. Enjoy!
Here are nine recent photos from the Nikon P950. There are three cloudscapes to begin with, then the Spotted Towhee, a large sparrow, hunting in the brush, followed by a jet contrail headed northeast and correcting due north, and a close-up of the plane creating it (a Southwest airlines’ Boeing 737) above 20,000 feet. AContinue reading “Sky Pictures and a Spotted Towhee”
The Sandhill cranes are migrating, and came over yesterday. Please enjoy these four images of the recent skies of Paradise.
I took the first three photos just after midnight today, and the fourth one this evening about 9:30 (Nikon P950). I have long been enthralled by the bright moonlight here – so otherworldly. Please enjoy!
‘Paradise Strong’ emblazoned on Mars Rover Perseverance as it reaches the red planet https://krcrtv.com/news/local/paradise-strong-emblazoned-on-mars-rover-perseverance-as-it-reaches-the-red-planet PARADISE, Calif. — On Thursday, the Mars rover Perseverance will land on the red planet to begin a two-year mission looking for signs of past life and the potential for future visits by humans. This new rover is carrying a pieceContinue reading “Paradise, California Goes Cosmic on the Mars Rover ‘Perseverance’”
Here are six pictures from the last few days and nights, all taken with the Nikon P950 – Please enjoy!
It began snowing last night, wet and heavy. I took some pictures, including one of the dawn yesterday and another of the approaching storm in the afternoon. The wind was very strong last night and we have also “warmed up” by a few degrees, so heavy rain is falling now. We are just on theContinue reading “Snow in Paradise (A Pictorial)”
These sunrise light shows only average about ten minutes in length, so if it looks good at a glance, I grab the Nikon and head outside. Please enjoy!
Watching the sunrise this morning, the light, colors, and clouds varied constantly, offering all a spectrum of dawn moments to awaken to. Here are my five favorites:
Enjoying this quiet time for rest and rejuvenation. The sky is beautiful and always changing now during early winter. This morning the setting full moon was a special treat before daybreak. Here are five favorites from yesterday and today. Please enjoy! 🙂
My Nikon P900 was well-worn after five years of heavy use, and it was time for a replacement. Thankfully this year Nikon came out with the P950. It is a little heavier but the balance is better, and the performance in terms of speed and resolution is excellent. Same 83x optical zoom, and with aContinue reading “Four Views of Nance Pond Today”
Beautiful fleeting colors lit the sky this afternoon, including a rainbow and even a glimpse of the early moon. Here are my six favorite photos from the show. Please enjoy! 🙂
I went down to the pond today to swap out the gamecam card, and just as I was off the hill a young buck bolted out of the underbrush to my left. He crossed the path and then stopped. I took his picture and continued on. After I swapped the card out, I noticed aContinue reading “Nance Pond Wildlife – A Pictorial”
Today loosely marks the beginning of the holiday season, one month until winter, and already shorter days, with the sun rising further south. A good time for rest, health, and harmony before the sun returns full-force. Happy Holidays to All! 🙂
We are just starting to get rain in Northern California, more clouds and wind. Here are nine recent pictures, mostly of the sky. Please enjoy! 🙂
It was a beautiful day today, so we took the truck up to Mount Lassen. I summited the mountain in September 2014, and want to again soon. Here are my ten favorite pictures from today, showing several of the peaks in the park – Please enjoy! 🙂
The smoke has died away and we have clean healthy air, though we remain in a severe fire warning condition. The nearby fire is 95 percent contained, however if the wind comes up there is still plenty of fuel left to burn inside the perimeter. The wind has been lighter than forecast, but a proactiveContinue reading “Upper Nance Canyon – A Pictorial”
All of our evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in Butte County, and the nearby North Complex West Zone fire is about 90 percent contained (not out, though no longer growing). The skies are much clearer and we have even had the windows open all day – haven’t been able to do that sinceContinue reading “Near Sunset in Paradise – October 8th, 2020”
Yesterday, I walked down the hill to swap out my game-cam chip at the pond, and look for visitors’ pictures later on the retrieved one. A lot of wildlife is stopping by, including a bobcat hunting at one in the morning (though I must adjust my night/infrared settings to post pictures of the cat…) TheContinue reading “Nance Pond in Early October – A Pictorial”
Here is a video flying my UAV (DJI Mavic Pro 2) in Butte Creek Canyon, from the overlook on Skyway. I began the flight at a ground altitude of 1,100 ft/335 m, and backed into the center of the canyon, then turned the craft WSW and headed nearly a mile down the canyon towards Chico,Continue reading “Flying Butte Creek Canyon – A 7.5 Mile/12 Kilometer Flight”
Images accumulate over time in my Nikon as the year advances. Here are a favorite eight showing us moving into Fall, as the weather cools and the current crop of fires wane slightly. Enjoy! 🙂
The book is called appropriately The Kiss, by Running Press (c) 1992. One of those tiny ones found in the check-out stand at the book or drug store. As we are spending most of our time indoors, I read it this morning. These are my favorite quotes from the book – Enjoy! 🙂 “There isContinue reading “On Kissing – From a Small Book Given to Me in 1996”
After my meditation early this afternoon, I noticed a big plume of clouds to the east-southeast. The entire north state is under a red flag warning due to high winds, low humidity, and dry brush, so I was alert. The devastating Camp Fire in 2018 also came from the east. The wind was relatively strong,Continue reading “California Fire Season 2020 – Fire Southeast Today – A Pictorial”
I flew the UAV in Butte Creek Canyon yesterday morning, and was quite pleased to be able to render the video in 4K/50 fps., the same resolution and frame rate as the source video. After painstakingly evaluating several video editing software programs yesterday, Filmora9 by Wondershare is the ONLY one that can edit and exportContinue reading “Flying Butte Creek Canyon – A Four Mile Flight (UHD video)”
Today at noon I flew the UAV over Nance Pond and spotted one of the ducks, a very welcome sight. I haven’t seen all four ducks for awhile, and suspect the coyotes or another predator may have taken at least one. When I last hiked in the canyon, I found two ribs of a deerContinue reading “Wildlife Near Nance Pond – A Pictorial”
The weather is a little cooler today (94 F/34 C), and a lot less smoke, so I went down the hill into the canyon around noon and found a good take-off point. I flew the UAV (DJI Mavic Pro 2) straight out for about a mile and a half and returned, with a cruising speedContinue reading “Flying Nance Canyon Today – A Three Mile Flight”
Here near Paradise, we are on the flight path for many helicopters headed north and east, especially the fire crews. A flight level of 1,500 feet clears us by less than 200 feet, so they are close. Nance Pond, behind our house, is a listed Calfire water resource though they have only dipped those orangeContinue reading “Helicopters Headed to the Fire and a Smoky Rising Sun – A Pictorial”
Please enjoy these eight recent photographs of natural life. Thank you! 🙂
Here is a star trail video (10 s.) from last night, showing a total of eight meteors (the video title is incorrect). Several are just single points of light, or quite faint, though the most dramatic one, a red streak through the center can’t be missed. I ran the video through an editor and auto-leveledContinue reading “A Star Trail Video with Meteors”
All continents (except Antarctica) are now represented, with two new additions (in italics), bringing the total countries and territories to 39: Africa – South Africa Asia – China, Hong Kong SAR – China, India, Israel, Malaysia, The Maldives, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey Australia Europe – Austria,Continue reading “Meteors and Update for August 9th, 2020”
The Persied meteor shower is occurring now in the NNE sky until the end of August. This is how I hunt for meteors: At roughly 2300 on a clear night, I set my camera on its tripod at a best guess angle and direction, and initiate the Nikon P900 “Night sky” program. Then I simplyContinue reading “Three Perseid Meteors”
With humanity so active these days, I like to find natural images too. Here are my favorite six over the last couple of days and nights: A Red-tailed hawk feather, planets, a lizard on a rock tower twice, Jupiter, and a red Moon I found the hawk feather walking Nance Canyon. Please enjoy! 🙂
Last night the moon was nearly full, and forming a triangle with Saturn on its left, and Jupiter on the right. So I decided to take the Mavic Pro 2 up to 390 feet (just below my maximum ceiling), hover, and take some pictures. Here are three photos, moving from southwest to southeast. The photosContinue reading “My First UAV Night Flight”
Here are my four final pictures of the Comet NEOWISE taken July 18th, before it left us for awhile, due back in 6,800 years (all 60s. time exposures using the Panasonic LUMIX). Last night I was also able to take my clearest photo of Saturn yet. I had the Nikon set manually (f/8 and ISOContinue reading “Last Pictures of Comet NEOWISE and One Each of Saturn and Jupiter”
Here is my first video (3:43) flying in Nance Canyon with the Mavic Pro 2 drone (shown below), with Gail as spotter using binoculars. After about 400 feet out, even against a clear sky, the drone is impossible to see unaided. The video is 4K quality and too big to upload directly, so I haveContinue reading “UAV (Drone) Flying Nance Canyon”
Here are six recent photos from Paradise – A buck looking in our window yesterday, coyotes from the game-cam at Nance Pond, and a composite shot from last night showing several Starlink (Space-X) satellites in orbit. It is always magic to see the larger animals around here, and celestial objects. About seventy years ago, theContinue reading “Photos: A Deer Looking in the Window, Coyotes on the Game Cam, and Starlink Satellites Crowding the Sky”
A week ago, I set up a game cam near the pond in back. Today I checked the camera and found visits by deer and coyotes. We often hear the coyotes at night. Here are six photos – Please enjoy!
The comet is lower in the sky than I expected, and quite faint. Here are three 60 second exposures from this evening, looking NNW [Panasonic Finepix]. Enjoy!
I was pleased to be able to take the Saturn photographs, 830 million miles away, as it is tricky to get the right light and focus, even with a tripod (Nikon P900 – ISO 400, 1/60 s., F 6.3, manual focus). My Jupiter and four moons rising video is 2:26 tonight, as I caught JupiterContinue reading “Two Photos of Saturn and a Later Rising of Jupiter”
“Astrologically speaking, Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, healing, prosperity, good fortune, and miracles.” May we all be blessed with these gifts! Fortunately I was able to shoot a video of Jupiter rising this evening (1:08 – Nikon P900, 1080p 30fps). Enjoy!
The sky has been so clear lately as the Summer season quickly dries out the land, creating fewer clouds. Even a half-moon casts so much light. The last photo is a video still of Jupiter and four of its moons from early this morning. Enjoy!
I have recently taken an interest in drone photography and video. These are stills from a flight this evening out to Butte Canyon, and over Nance Pond in back. The equipment is a DJI Mavic Mini, flying close to 400 feet max altitude from a take-off point 1,300 feet above sea level. Speed is aboutContinue reading “Independence Day – Drone Flights”
Out for a couple of drives in the local area this week. My favorite seven photos below. Please enjoy! 🙂
I had noticed a duck and her three ducklings on Nance Pond several weeks ago. In the meantime I have cut a path to the pond, making a quick visit much easier. Today I walked over and saw that the little ones have lost their down, and now have feathers. There are hundreds of frogsContinue reading “Nance Pond Today”
Happy Solstice 2020 – The longest day of sunshine in the Northern Hemisphere, and the coming of the monsoon in the Southern Hemisphere. Please enjoy the light and nourishment! 🙂
I went for a 200 mile drive today into the Cascades, to Lake Almanor (4500 ft.) and through the Lassen National Forest, and took 199 pictures. Here are my favorite seven. Please enjoy! 🙂
Inside during a brief rain today, I found myself wandering through an extensive list of quotes of Rainer Maria Rilke, a poet who captures so many of our states of consciousness. I selected a page of favorites. Please enjoy: “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” “EverythingContinue reading “Rainer Maria Rilke Quotations”
Just as here on Earth, the Heavens have been quite lively lately. Here are four photos from last night; a video-still of a meteor streaking in, and three exposures of the Milky Way. Every time I step outside during these clear nights, I see several meteor trails. The video-still image is one exposure of aContinue reading “The Milky Way, Meteors, and Jupiter”
Two days ago I took a road-trip to the nearby Feather River Canyon. I traveled through it as a child by train, from Reno, Nevada, to Sacramento. It is also where the Camp Fire began in late 2018, hence the numerous burned trees in the area. Here are my favorite seven pictures of the recentContinue reading “A Trip to the Feather River Canyon”
After the Camp Fire in November 2018 our landscape changed, with fewer live tall trees and a shift in the bird population, adding several species I hadn’t seen here before. Our most prized new arrival is a golden eagle, seen hunting in the canyon and also perched in the burned pine tree in our lowerContinue reading “A New Resident, the Golden Eagle”
Some very unusual rain for this time of year. The clouds are formed of layers and I took pictures of them yesterday. Here are my best seven. Enjoy! 🙂
All continents (except Antarctica) are now represented, with four new additions (in italics), bringing the total countries and territories to 37: Africa – South Africa. Asia – China, Hong Kong SAR – China, India, Israel, Malaysia, The Maldives, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey. Australia Europe – Austria,Continue reading “Winged Victory Global Update for May 14th, 2020”
I haven’t really been off the property in weeks, so I really wanted to go into the “big city” down the hill (Chico, population 100,000) and get a take-out breakfast. It is a ten mile drive, and along the way is an overlook for Butte Creek Canyon. Not in any hurry today, I stopped andContinue reading “Butte Creek Canyon and the Sutter Buttes Today”
The Eastern sky is particularly expressive here in Paradise, possibly because of the Sierra-Nevada in that direction, and a hot valley to the West, creating many air currents. Taken with my Nikon P900, set to ‘Auto’, or ‘Night Landscape’. I ran this last photo through the editor a few times to bump up the colorsContinue reading “Clouds and Sky”
The nearest road into the mountains around here is called Skyway. We took it east today, driving up to 5,000 feet or so. Please enjoy these few pictures:
The clouds up here often drift by very close to the ground, finding a consistent level at 1,500 feet (about 500 m.). We are at just over 1,300 feet, so they can be witnessed in detail as they pass over us. Yesterday, there was a raft of cloud going by, filtering the sun with variousContinue reading “The Sun Filtered by Clouds”
It has been a wet and cool Spring this year. We were visited by a late and rare ground fog in Nance Canyon yesterday, about an hour and a half after dawn. Please enjoy the pictures!
All continents (except Antarctica) are now represented, with six additions (in italics), bringing the total countries to 33: Africa – South Africa. Asia – Hong Kong SAR – China, India, Malaysia, The Maldives, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey. Australia Europe – Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy,Continue reading “Winged Victory Global Update for April 4th, 2020”
I was up early today and decided to take a walk down the hill behind the house. The pond is there, but I went south instead, following Nance Canyon. A lot of area yet to explore. After returning I went over to the pond and was happy to see the Canada goose that has takenContinue reading “Nance Canyon Near Paradise, California”
Someone said this virus is like Mother Nature sending us all to our rooms, to think about what we have done. Perfect. ’20-20′ also means clear vision. Here are some pictures from my room to yours, celebrating the Equinox:
All continents (except Antarctica) are now represented, with 2020 additions so far of Brazil, Hong Kong SAR – China, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. Here are all 27 countries listed by continent, in alphabetical order: Africa – South Africa. Asia – Hong Kong SAR – China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey.Continue reading “Winged Victory Global Update for February 19th, 2020”
2019 closed out with 23 countries viewing Winged Victory (in order of views): United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Slovenia, India, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Pakistan, Poland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Denmark, South Africa, Thailand, France, New Zealand, and Romania. So far in 2020, there are seven countries reflected on Winged Victory early inContinue reading “Winged Victory Global Update for January 12th, 2020”
Wishing Everyone in the world a very Happy, Healthy, and Blessed New Year, bringing prosperity, joy, and equality for all of us. May your deepest dreams be realized! 🙂
Welcome most recently to Spain, bringing the total countries to 22. Also big recent spikes of interest from Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia, and India. In order of most views: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Slovenia, India, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, Austria, Turkey, Switzerland, Pakistan, Poland, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Thailand, France, New Zealand, and Romania.
Kindly enjoy the Silence and the Light of winter. 🙂
Welcome to Norway, Switzerland, and now Italy, making 21 countries total! (In order of most views) United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Slovenia, Italy, India, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, Austria, Turkey, Poland, Pakistan, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Thailand, France, New Zealand, and Romania.
18 countries now, adding Poland. (In order of most views) United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, Australia, Austria, Turkey, Poland, Thailand, Denmark, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, France, and New Zealand.
I ran for my camera (Nikon P900) when I saw the moon setting this evening. The red orange color of the moon is produced by sunlight moving through the fire and smoke produced by a large wildfire near the coast, about 90 miles away: