Autumn is a Second Spring

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~Albert Camus

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Autumn Has Awakened!

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.” – Raquel Franco

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The leaves, they are a-changin’

  1. A few photos I took of the beautiful fall colors last weekend.

When I took this wasps nest photo, I wasn’t aware that it was occupied.  If you look closely, you can see wasps in the opening.

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Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonfly

Here are a few photos I took of an Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly last weekend.

Did you know that the appearance of the bright red Autumn Meadowhawk signals the turning of the seasons from summer to autumn, almost as accurately as the first colored leaves?

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A Prayer for Today

A Prayer for Today

This is the beginning of a new day.

God has given me this day to use as I will.

I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it.

I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil; success, and not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.

This day is all we have. Is there someone to whom as an act kindness – not tomorrow but today – could make a world of difference?

Today, whether we spend it well or throw it away, will be gone tomorrow. What is there to do that is worth our effort?

W. Heartsill Wilson

(Excerpt taken from “The Best of Bits & Pieces”)

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Full Harvest Moon

My first attempt at taking a photo of a full Harvest Moon.  It’s officially fall!

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Full Moon Footage 10-05-2017

The clouds really put up a good fight this morning! Here’s what I was able to see of the full moon shortly before 4:00 AM this morning.

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Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.

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I took this photo of the sun last night through a special solar lens filter. If you look at the upper left side, you will see a sunspot (sunspots are caused by magnetic solar flares). In order to make sure that it wasn’t just something on my lens, I took multiple comparison photos, and I checked NASA’s website. Sure enough, it matches!

Some interesting facts:

  • The sun is 93 million miles away from the earth.
  • At the time of capture, the image was already 8 minutes old. That is how long it takes light to travel 93 million miles.
  • The small sunspot is dozens of times larger than planet earth.

The filter I used for this photo is the same filter I used to take eclipse photos in August.  It’s really interesting to see what it can capture!

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I Love Fall!

It’s getting to be that time of year again.  Time to let go of the warm days of summer and make way for the crisp days of fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love everything about it.  I love the crisp air, the beautiful leaves, warm cuddly sweaters, boots, football, pumpkins, hot apple cider, Halloween, harvest, baking, crafts, weekend getaways, apple-cinnamon candles, decorating with fall flair, bonfires, going for long walks in the woods and hearing the leaves crunch beneath my feet, and the list goes on…

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