Friday, September 12, 2014

September Skies

On Monday the sky was cloudy but the rising Harvest moon did make a brief appearance.

9/8/14 7:03 pm

A change of lighting with Photoshop made this image look eerie.

9/8/14 7:06 pm

This "break" in the clouds was happening next to the sunset, crepuscular rays maybe?

9/8/14 sunset

I took my camera with me to the market the next morning in case there was a good moonset photo op, which there wasn't, but I ended up taking a sunrise picture.

9/9/14 sunrise

Wednesday night from my street I was able to glimpse the glowing nearly full moon rising from behind a hill. Those little stick-like things are saguaro cacti.

9/10/14 8:17 pm

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Monday, September 8, 2014

To the Creek

Here are some of the landscapes, plants and things that caught my eye several days ago on a quick walk to the creek and back. This area is receiving a lot of rain today. If I do go for a walk after the rain, I won't visit the creek because of the possibility of flash flood.

Hooker's Evening Primrose

Lion face in tree

Field Bindweed, Morning-glory family

Desert Senna, Pea family

Saguaro Cacti

Blooming Barrel Cactus

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Skywatch Night and Day

Here are a few sky snapshots from the past two weeks. The nighttime scenes didn't show up in my photos nearly as well as seeing them in person. Maybe I should have used a tripod.

Recently there were two conjunctions about a week apart where the moon and planets appeared close together in the sky.  The first trio had Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon:

Venus - Jupiter - moon 8/23/14 5:32 am
The next conjunction was Mars, Saturn and the moon. It almost looked like a smiley face in the sky. It's hard to see but there was even a star for the nose named Zubinelgenubi.

Mars - Saturn - moon 8/30/14 8:59 pm
The next night the moon appeared  above Mars and Saturn forming a tighter triangle than the previous evening.

Mars - Saturn - moon  8/31/14 9:03 pm
This is what the Mars, Saturn, moon conjunction looked like from the neighborhood except the moon was more like a crescent instead of a large white dot:

Mars - Saturn - moon  8/31/14 9:03 pm
Here I zoomed in just on the moon:

waxing crescent 8/31/14 7:54 pm
The appearance of the constellation Orion in the eastern predawn sky marks the change of seasons. In the photo below, Orion is at the right and the three stars of his belt point down to Sirius, the dog star of Canis Major, the brightest star of the night sky.

Orion and Sirius 8/24/14 4:42 am
Even though it was getting light out I could still see Orion. Notice the reddish star on the left side of the constellation, that is Betelgeuse standing in for the hunter's right shoulder. If you are up before sunrise this month look southeast for Orion and the dog star, Sirius.

Orion and Sirius 8/24/14 5:23 am
Now for some clouds:

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Snapshots

These pictures are from the month of August.


Have a good day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Skies





rainbow at sunset

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Have a great weekend!