the bounty of Summer’s beauty
from years in the past
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and two of the grand white flowers that grew for me
~~~ in the depth of Winter it is good to remember ~~~
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Southern Land but not unknown … Patagonia, the land of the southern hemisphere, centuries ago fabulous and mysterious, not only qualifies as an interesting land of gauchos, horses, and endless plains, but even its waters are thought-provoking, full of action, more colorful than the land itself. And here is proof, from NASA of course:
December 2, 2014
NASA: Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view. The Patagonian Shelf Break is a biologically rich patch of ocean where airborne dust from the land, iron-rich currents from the south, and upwelling currents from the depths provide a bounty of nutrients for the grass of the sea—phytoplankton. In turn, those floating sunlight harvesters become food for some of the richest fisheries in the world. … read the article here …
PS: If you are somewhat “braniac” like me you may enjoy this:
more than you ever wanted to know about fabulous Patagonia
Credits: NASA images by Norman Kuring, NASA’s Ocean Color Group, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Michael Carlowicz, with Norman Kuring. Instrument(s): Suomi NPP – VIIRS
Well… Nothing interesting is happening lately. I do not go out very much. Still working against the effects of altitude. So when something happens right outside my sliding glass door I use the screen as a sort of canvas, like this:
the dining room chandelier light reflects into the door glass
and becomes a bling decoration hanging in the snowy branches of the tree
…. that’s all for now folks… ! …
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Abstract versions from pictures of everyday objects are sometimes interesting. I like to twist and alter images into something else than their original impersonations. I think many of us like to play like that.
My bedroom and living room have large windows, which I like, but they look onto the street of the complex so I have to keep the blinds closed until I hang some drapes. At night the streetlight from outside casts tree shadows onto the bedroom blinds, like an arabesque design. Rare passing cars also reverberate. I tried to take pictures of those effects but was not able to set my simple camera correctly. These images are what I obtained. I reworked all of them of course. I call these abstract-night-views. Semi-abstract: some are actually recognizable.
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Every week the NASA Space Weather news arrives into my mailbox. It is always interesting and sometimes I post images from it. But I had not seen this exploding stratospheric balloon before. It makes for some great photography as a minimum, especially since the pictures were taken by an automated camera. They also are rather abstract images, if we did not know what they show…
On Nov. 23rd, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a Space Weather Buoy to the stratosphere. Carried aloft by a suborbital helium balloon, the payload contained a pair of X-ray/gamma-ray sensors to measure cosmic radiation levels inside Earth’s ozone layer. About 90 minutes after launch, this is what happened: the balloon exploded.
It’s supposed to do that. As a weather balloon ascends, it expands into the rapidly thinning air high above Earth. The diameter multiplies until the growing sphere is as wide as a small house. Eventually, the rubber fabric of the balloon reaches its elastic limit, and it ruptures. If it didn’t, we would never get the payload back!
This balloon exploded at an altitude of 102,986 feet. The almost-silent blast was captured by a camera looking up from the payload below. Next, a parachute opened and the payload descended to Earth, landing in a remote corner of Death Valley where an Earth to Sky recovery team retrieved it yesterday. / etc.
Text and images credits: NASA Space Weather, Nov. 29, 2014.
Thanksgiving morning we went for some fresh air along the Clear Creek path in Golden, CO. The hard cold weather has changed to very bearable temps which are normal for November into December. I am still adjusting to the altitude and I am not yet feeling my best, but I took some snapshots of the place
My son lives in Golden. The city was the original capital of Colorado. It has a gracious downtown that does not look like a tourist destination. It has retained the calm of real life as a small American town with under twenty thousand inhabitants. Coors beer is brewed here with the celebrated alpine waters from the Rockies. Its university is the famous Colorado School of Mines. The streets carry art depicting the history and myths of the place. I particularly liked the cowboy statues, my son prefers the trout fisherman, which is huge, with a very tall rod, pulling-in a large brown trout amid rushing waters captured in bronze.
The Clear Creek is now covered with ice left by the bad weather that skirted us earlier, but in Summer it is a white water run for kayakers, rafters, and others adventurous souls. It is not very wide. I was told that at first snow-melt from the high Rockies it can become turbulent, requiring good skills to run it.
Here is a little school house that looks like it came out of a fairy tale book, but it was functional for the City of Golden until the 1950s – of course I do understand that it is a very very long time ago in the U.S. ! ( oh, hum, I come from Europe where nothing is old until 300+ years have passed…). The landscape is all brown in Winter. It becomes green in Summer.
here is a log fence that reflects a rustic style of living
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That is not second grade arithmetic but the temperature and wind-chill outside at 4:21 p.m. today, November 10.
For those in the Celsius world
temperature: minus 8.88889; wind chill: minus 20.
Two simple snapshots, from inside my living room.
This is the first approach of Nuri, the so-called Bering Sea Bomb, which is only going to edge by us, while it sends the jet stream into a polar vortex to other parts of the U.S. You will see that in the news.
Nevertheless, the high earlier today was 64 and we were in the low 70s yesterday. Today it is only very light snow, but naturally more cold weather is expected with further snow in the next few days. I will overdress and go outside to take a few more shots if the scenery improves by tomorrow.
This is my minor report from a Colorado corner. The real thing is on the weather news.
Update November 16: snow now at 4 inches, temp. still freezing but brilliant sun outside. ( and arthritis acting up…)
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The green challenge is so appropriate for me !
I am now in Lakewood, Colorado: the Denver area is very green of natural trees and vegetation. The green effect and the continuous open blue skies are the most noticeable difference between this area and the Idaho valley where I lived.
My back protested fiercely about the thirteen hours of riding thru desert-like heath and moors, full of nothing but very short stubby sage bushes – between Boise in Idaho and Denver in Colorado. The trip was rather exhausting, but I am now on the mend and resting. My son came to take me to Colorado, with my two cats, and what boxes / stuff could fit in a truck with a trailer …
We saw very cute and elegant pronghorn antelopes in the southern Wyoming moors. Snow flurries in October slowed us down as we left Wyoming.
I am living in a cute small apartment full of overflowing packing boxes while I wait for furniture to arrive when my daughter also moves to the Denver area. Very few pieces of my furniture did fit in the trailer. Now, in the meantime, I am trying to imagine how I will creatively set up this new space. Always an interesting idea, to start over again.
As my first return post, for Cee’s challenge, I have gathered a few green color pictures. I hope in the future to be able to go out and snap some shots of where I live and of the landscape. By then only the fir trees will still be green, and there are so many here ! but never mind…
a California buckeye that I grew from a nut found in the Santa Clara Valley hills
tall green grass of Idaho
green lawn with sun streaks in Idaho
an old drawing of mine not unlike the southern Wyoming landscape, except that those moors are all brown
green tree tops in Idaho in June
green reflections at home in California
green transparency at my son’s home in Colorado
and this – believe it or not – is a chicken coop seen from the terrace
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