Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Moon 2015

Flashback to the last one. 

Better luck in 2015.

Can you tell your moon rising from your moon setting?

Crater Copernicus, the bright white spot near center at 9:00 on the moon above when rising

appears on the 3:00 side as it sets. But it's not moving . . . we are.

For perspective . . .

Here's without the zoom on the Canon

And here's the best the phone can do 

(last night)

this morning:

So we carry the zoom.

Another lovely discovery is that, even on walks, I should always carry my reading glasses. I can no longer trust my squinting to get the focus right.

Coyote interlude

This morning as I set foot out on the back deck to get a read on how much time we had before moonset behind the mountains (which isn't the same as the moonset readings on your apps) I hear a very low, insistent hooting. In the back tree, rising against the dark blue of the sky at 5:00 in the morning, was a gorgeous owl, in silhouette. No camera in hand at that point, but he was a sight to behold. 

So when this young coyote came across our path, I was ready. 

We now return you to the moon:


the reason good time lapse sequences need a tripod:

Post-moon, here come a small formation of Canadian geese at the sun rise. 

The hawk must not've gotten the memo that today was fly by Tori day. I kept waiting for him, after the owl, coyote, and geese all showed up, but he was a no show. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Tale of Two Cats

Mom posted a photo of Regal this afternoon. 

He needs to be on a J. Crew cover, for crying out loud.

Meanwhile, at my house  . . .

On the stained carpet, near the nicked wall, under cords, by the trashcan, looking dead.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Birthday DAY review

It's more like day 5 of the birthday festivities, but yesterday was THE day. 
The odometer clicked over to 45.

Mom and Dad drove up and took me, Sam, and Nick to Los Dos for lunch 

As we were seeing them off and snapping a couple of photos, one of the baby robins from our nest was hanging out on the ground. He hopped and half-flew himself further away after posing. 

Yesterday evening, Deana and I made our way to Morrison 

big chicken!

And waited for Marci to arrive from Idaho Springs

Dinner at the Morrison Inn

free birthday sopapillas!

And then it was up to Red Rocks to see Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.

Nice set of photos and review here

Warning: endless panoramas ahead.


After trying a photo at our seats of our boots, we moved to a less "busy" area




Nice thoughts from Lyle on growing older...

Between the moon and the face on the rock created by the lights and the crevice, I think I probably took way too many photos of the same thing as it grew darker and darker.

I could either get the stage  .  .

or the moon.

The evening was cool, with a light breeze, and a beautiful nearly full blue moon. 


So many birthday gifts on top of all the experiences. 
Happy Birthday to me

Sadness from Sammi

new Snoopy art and journal for our upcoming road trip from Bob

Flowers from Mom and Dad

Wines, chocolate, & balloon from Deana