Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears...
From Jerrold Bock / Sheldon Harnick
Fiddler on the Roof
SUNRISE
Sunrise silence
Outer Banks, taken by Scott Gower
Sunrise at Key West-before the ships leave dock Oct 2018
Key West
sunrise from wendy's porch
Springfield, Virginia

SUNSET

beach sunset
Sunset in Pacific Beach
Path ro Sunset
Sunset over Mission Bay
Sunset at Septenarry Winery--20200307
Sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Hour to Golden Hour

I am a big fan of the ‘thin’  places and times when the portal between the natural world and the spiritual worlds blur and you can almost imagine transitioning portals. This post defines segments within that magic period of transition.

Blue Hour to Golden Hour, Yesterday was all about the blue hour of a sunrise. We all know that light is the crucial element in photography.  For sunlight, %

Source: Blue Hour to Golden Hour

New Life in an old Graveyard

graveyard with weeping cherry and forsythiaSpring is gorgeous in central Virginia. Despite the fears and self-isolation of the Coronavirus, each day:

  • the amount of light increases,
  • the leaves unfurl further,
  • more types of flowers bloom
  • the number of birdsong increases.
  •  the average high increases weekly despite temperature fluctuations

 

There is new life in this woodland graveyard of St Paul’s, Ivy.  The Church may be closed, but nature thrives  next door.

March 14 is Pi Day

The number π is a mathematical constant. Originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, it now has various equivalent definitions and appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics. It is approximately equal to 3.14159.  From Wikipedia

Pi signThe earliest known official, or large-scale celebration of Pi Day, was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Our research has found that there are different ways that people celebrate National Pi Day.  Some of the celebrations include:

  • Eating a slice of pie
  • Pie eating contests
  • Discussing the significance of the number π
  • More recently watching Life of Pi
  • Finding 3.14 deals in as many version of π as possible.  For example
    • Half.com  is offering 95 % off the paperback of The Life of Pi.
    • Think pizza Pi as much as dessert kind of deals on this day!
    • Get punny Geeky Greek Pi inspired t-shirts deals.
    • Find these and more at www.GoBankingRates.com
    • Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for a National Pi Day lesson.

March 14 is celebrated for other reasons too:

  • Steak and Blowjob Day (sometimes Steak & BJ Day or Steak and Knobber Day) is a satirical holiday created in the United States as a male response to Valentine’s Day and celebrated a month later, on March 14.
  • On March 14, 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)
  • In the St . Vincent  and the Grenadines is it National Heroes Day, which is a public holiday.
  • It ‘s National Potato Chip Day so enjoy a bag without feeling guilty.
  • National Write Your Story Day- You may think to yourself, “There’s nothing in my life to tell.” It will surprise you once you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and the words start filling the pages. Words have a way of triggering memories.
  • NationalLearn about Butterflies Day
    • There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide.
    • Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches.
    • Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species.
    • Many butterflies migrate over long distances.  Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to the northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.

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FUN FACT: https://www.piday.org/find-birthday-in-pi/

If you use the first date of 1 Jan 2019 the answer is

Pi birthday results

Whooping Crane Festival, 20-23 February

This festival is a one of a kind event, focused on the Whooping Crane-the rarest of cranes and one of the most endangered birds in the world. The festival is open to birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities.

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The Whooping Crane Festival celebrates the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The Texas Coastal Bend is the only place where you can see the world’s last naturally-occurring population of Whooping Cranes.

Although the cranes pictured below are not whooping cranes, they are cranes that my friend and shipmate, Bonnie Brown,  saw during her visit to Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park, Florida.  She took the pictures and allowed me to use them in this blog.

 

The focused white crane
is multitasking. Aware
of both fish and us.

Hydrangea Sky

Hydrangea Sky

Back Camera

During Evensong

The western sky

Through the plain glass windows

Of the restored Episcopal church

Slowly softened.

Gold diffusing into blush

Blanching through paleness

Before deepening into

Evening shades of blue and purple

As my gaze drifted upwards

Across a Hydrangea sky.

hydrangeas and two girls

Birds of Prey

Large birds of prey roosting in a tree of the St. Paul, Ivy Episcopal Church graveyard

 

Why were Birds of Prey

Against a sky of gray

Overlooking the Churchyard today?

Was there a reason for this afternoon call

That gave the day a somber pall

When there was no funeral that I recall?

Was it a professional courtesy

To take up roost in a graveyard tree

Acting as sentinels for all to see?

 

Reblog: California Brown Pelicans

Bown pelican in flightYou can see a squadron of them flying in a line parallel to the top of an oceanside cliff or gliding along the crest of a breaking wave.  They fly dawn, midday and dusk patrols in their unceasing search for food.  At night, the squadrons land on cliffside rocks and outcrops.

 

“Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I’m darned if I know how the helican.”

Brown pelicans amongst the kep

 

To read more about these fascinating birds click here.

Deferred Maintenance by Rolig Loon

Deferred Maintenance
Hebrews 13:2

In my experience,
Angels arrive quietly, not dancing on pinheads or making a great flapping
Of wings to announce themselves.
I always miss them completely,
Realizing only days later that they must have been responsible
For the feathery footprints in the snow on my doorstep.
I would have invited them in
If they had been more obvious and
If I hadn’t been busy with serious matters,
But I’m sure that angels understand that’s how life is.
Some day when I have less on my mind
They’ll be back again and I will be a proper host.
I will set out scones and tea, and we will chat about whatever it is that
Concerns angels.
I would like it to be said, when they return home, that they were
Well received.
I have made myself this promise each time, I know,
And I have always vowed to be more watchful.
The thing is,
Angels arrive so quietly.

Angels

Reblog: The King Tides are Coming

Are you ready for a royal visit, full of high drama and might?

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A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is “pulled” back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.

 

California is preparing for the high tides of Winter.

King Tides are coming January 10-12 and February 8-9!

The California King Tides Project is raising awareness about sea level rise and help communities plan for the future. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the highest high tides of the year. Find out what time the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or app. Check out last year’s photos on our interactive map.
During King Tides you can head out on your own, with friends and family, or join one of the organized events listed on their webpage. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean.
Learn more at california.kingtides.net.

Squirrelly in the Winter: In and Out Feeder

Normally our squirrels latch on to the feeder and either eat until they are full or fall off the hanging container.  This is true whether the squirrel uses the wrap-around position or the hanging upside-down position.

Since our return from Monterey last week, we have a new visitor with a different technique.  Rather than come down to the feeder, for an extended stay, he climbs down from the gutter above, fills his mouth and scampers back up the wire to digest his food on the gutter or the roof.   He leaves the feeder swinging back and forth once he gets back on the gutter.

When I first saw the swinging feeder, I thought he had fallen or jumped off, but after observing him disappearing back onto the roof several times, it was apparent he was not using gravity as an exit assist.

He repeats this pattern about 8-12  times, averaging about 15-20 seconds per visit.  He has done this for the past three days so we don’t think this is a fluke.  His preferred times to visit seem to be dawn and dusk.  The regular squirrels don’t seem to use the feeder as it gets close to sunset.

The squirrels manage to devour a six-inch block of seed in about a day and a half.  Then they sit at the base of the beech tree or climb up on the back porch to stare at the kitchen window until they get some peanuts thrown at them or the food block is replaced.  At times the more aggressive squirrels climb up on the kitchen window screen to stare into the kitchen.

My husband whistles a short tune to signal the squirrels when the ‘mess hall’ is open.  He swears that the squirrels recognize the whistle, but I’m not convinced.squirrels--return on hoover

 

 

 

Library Bats Eat What Bugs Them

https://americanway.com/en/features/2019/10/bats-help-preserve-books-at-this-portugal-library

The Child World. [In verse.] ... Illustrated by C. Robinson

You slip out at night
With no one in sight
To flit through the air
Insects beware!

No one on the ground
As you echo your rounds
Delighting in all of the insects you’ve found

Your presence is good
But you digest your food
Which means bat droppings
Must be understood

In exchange for your aid
Workers are paid
To cover the book stacks
Where the books have been laid.