Saturday, November 27, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Reeds in autumn veltd

Reeds in autumn veltd

Veldt, poetically.
Autumn meadow, prosaically.


Legacy Park: Decatur, Georgia, USA. 11 November 2021.

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Full Beaver Moon, eclipsed

Full Beaver Moon, eclipsed

Syzygy!

This was the ruddy, full Beaver Moon, 97% eclipsed, at 4:11 am ET (9:11 UT), 19 November 2021. And, unlike the night sky of a non-eclipsed full moon, on this night the stars were readily visible, surrounding the umbral-shadowed moon.

Pictured above is the maximum point of the nearly partial lunar eclipse. At nearly 6 hours, it was the longest such since the year 1440 and the longest such until the year 2669.

If you were sleeping that night or you'll be unable to wait for the next event, fret not! North America will be witness to not one but two total lunar eclipses next year, on 15 May and 7 November 2022. (Your geographical results may differ. Check your local listings.)

When the damnable alarm went off, the outside temperature was 0 °C and the winds were nippy at 16 kph. Charlie the dog didn't mind; indeed, he thoroughly enjoyed his cuckoo-o'clock constitutional. And me? Afterward, back inside, the coffee seemed somehow tastier and more warming than it had been.

Mira la luna. La bella luna!

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Morning breaks over fen

Morning breaks over fen
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from Heaven,
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass. *

Crepuscular rays illuminated a marsh in morning mist. (Well, ok, deliberately induced sun-flares did.)

Legacy Park: Decatur, Georgia, USA. 7 November 2021.

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Saturday, November 06, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Autumn livery

Autumn livery

Livery
  • a servant's uniform
  • the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers of a person of rank
  • distinctive dress
Merriam-Webster

Assume the tree, a servant. Assume nature, the person of rank. Assume autumn foliage, the distinctive dress. Indulge the metaphor.

Autumn livery.

Legacy Park, Decatur, Georgia, USA. 7 December 2020.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: (Almost) Halloween Guest

(Almost) Halloween guest

A spider —and her meals— at dusk. She may have been a week premature for a Halloween visit, but who's checking?

24 October 2021.

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