Please enjoy these ten photos of castle ruins, and the old town of Tallinn, Estonia from a visit in 2017:
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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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”
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!
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”
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”
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! 🙂
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”
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”
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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 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”
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! 🙂
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”
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 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!
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”