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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Another interesting moon

Equinox-perigee Moon
Taken Friday March 18 in Iowa

By reader request, my best shot, one day short of the big full moon. This frame pushes the limits of my little Canon 120SX-IS. I don't have the DSLR with the better glass here in Iowa.

Nuclear disaster in Japan
There have been some other friends who have requested postings on the nuclear disaster in Japan. On Facebook, I have made a few link posts public. I think you can use THIS LINK (if logged into Facebook) to find them. Meanwhile, check out THIS ARTICLE and THIS PEACECAST PROGRAM for discussion of the issues by Arjun Makhijani of ieer.org.

Check back in May for new posts to this blog.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some time ago I posted a series on the last visible spectacular total lunar eclipse [Feb. 2008, scroll down to entire series]. Now in Florida over the Christmas break, last night I managed to stay up into the wee hours of 2 am to 5 am (EST) to get some shots of the unusual winter solstice eclipse. A series of four images is below. Officially, winter solstice occurred at 6:38 pm this evening. Happy solstice!!

2:18 am 12-21-2010
Part-way to totality

3:18 am 12-21-2010
Mid totality

4:05 am 12-21-2010
Just after totality

4:45 am 12-21-2010
Almost over

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hoverfly on Asters
Seen along an Iowa roadside

Thursday, July 29, 2010



The first visitor is a female American Goldfinch. Later there are Chickadees, Chipping Sparrows and a Song Sparrow. But the real show is the male American Goldfinch. He looks around for a long time to see if it's going to be okay then he.... You'll just have to watch between 2:30 and 3:30!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday in Acadia National Park

Cadillac from Schoodic Head
Few saw this awesome scene

I climbed Schoodic Head and descended The Anvil with my father-in-law on Sunday afternoon. The picture above is looking west across Frenchmen Bay towards Bar Harbor from the highest point on the Head, one of the few open views on the Schoodic Peninsula side of Acadia National Park. Cadillac Mountain is the only feature high enough to be out of the fog bank.

This is a wonderfully low-traffic part of the park. We did see four parties, but while atop Schoodic Head, we were all alone.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Veazie summer

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

It's good to be back in Veazie for the summer. What a great day this has been! I had plenty of time to wait for feeder visitors. There has been a Cardinal coming by, but this Tufted Titmouse makes a good frame too.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Appearance at the end of March

Crocus seen in Veazie 4-1-2010
Earlier than usual

Ms. Owl snapped this marvelous early spring frame late last week. Crocus by definition is early. But these are really early. Compare to the last few years: April 6, 2009; April 10, 2008; April 11, 2008; April 20, 2007(!).

I guess 2007 was a weird year, tons of snow in April slowed down a lot of stuff.

Huge credit to Ms. Owl for this shot, one of the finest I've ever seen.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Family of Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Crane family in the back yard

Gator country
Gator on the fountain head

Stump Pass Beach
Old mangroves at Stump Pass Beach on the Gulf coast

We had a great trip to Florida last week. Despite all the built-up sprawl, the natural areas and bird life really impressed me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Winter beauty in Estherville
This scene is at the riverfront park on the northwest side of Estherville, Iowa

Frosty old bird nest
Hoar frost on an old bird nest in Estherville

This morning was a reward for enduring the horrendous weather of the last week--the most intense hoar frost I've ever seen covered the entire town.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Just pulled:

Danvers carrots pulled 12-8-2009
Danvers, best we've had in years

These are sweet & crunchy. It was an outstanding year for carrots. There are even a few left!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rose hip at Back Cove 11-29-2009
Seen along Back Cove in Portland on Sunday

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Maple leaf trapped by shrub

It's a Canon SX 120 IS point-and-shoot. Quite inexpensive (sub-$200), but with full manual control. I think the results are quite good. Today is cloudy, so I used cloudy white balance along with the "vivid" picture setting. Worked well. You'll be seeing more from this camera.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


Some of the best feeder footage ever, with lots of Chickadee talk!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Minnesota wind turbines
Near Holland, Minnesota on Saturday October 24

Holland would seem to be an appropriate name for this place that I drove through early Saturday. Except the sea there is a sea of prairie.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Foliage beginning to peak

Bald Pate, Bridgton, Maine: 7-exp HDR
This is a NW view from an open ridge at the Bald Pate Preserve in Bridgton, Maine. Click for a bigger image.

The feature peaking up in the center of the frame behind the foreground hills is Pleasant Mountain in Denmark, about 20 km to the NW. A little more to the west and much further in the background are the White Mountains including Mt Washington and the Presidentials.

This is an HDR image made into a composite from seven separate exposures. A good article on HDR is HERE.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall foliage in Western Maine
Bonus fall foliage from Western Maine

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beech-maple forest near Bridgton, Maine:

Fall foliage in Western Maine

Fall foliage in Western Maine

We took a walk today at the Bald Pate preserve in the western foothills of Maine, in the town of Bridgton. The site was saved from the radio tower builders a decade ago by the Loon Echo Land Trust.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Last zucchini 9-26-2009
Last good one

Late harvest collection
Odds and ends

It was not the worst year for the garden. Yes, the tomatoes were pretty much a disaster, plagued by a blight that limited the number of good brandywines to about ten. On the other hand, the zucchini and those hot peppers produced well for eight weeks!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Morning glory 9-6-2009

Monday, August 24, 2009


A calmer day at Thunder Hole

We were down there just three weeks ago when I shot the above video. I'll never quite think of the place the same after yesterday's tragedy:



Update: Here is a particularly good illustration from a YouTube poster:



This warning was up as early as Friday:
OF PARTICULAR CONCERN ALONG THE MAINE COAST ARE THE LARGE WAVES FROM HURRICANE BILL THAT WILL PRODUCE VERY HIGH SURF CONDITIONS. THE HIGH SURF WILL LIKELY RESULT IN BEACH EROSION...AND DANGEROUS WAVE BREAKING ACTION ALONG ROCKY COASTLINES IN SOME LOCATIONS.

THOSE ONSHORE SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN NEAR THE WATER. LARGE BREAKING WAVE CONDITIONS MAY COME IN UNPREDICTABLE PERIODS AND TAKE PEOPLE NEAR THE WATERS EDGE BY SUPRISE IF THEY VENTURE TOO CLOSE TO THE WATERS EDGE. TIDAL CYCLES CAN ALSO AFFECT WATER LEVELS IN VERY SHORT PERIODS. MARINE RECREATION INTERESTS ALSO SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT IN THESE CONDITIONS. DO NOT APPROACH THE SHORELINE OR SHOALING AREAS IF LARGE WAVES ARE BREAKING.
Nope, this one's not on the Weather Service.

Update: Witnesses recount MDI wave tragedy