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I'm indulging in Smoke and Mirrors, Double Meanings, Hidden Messages, etc., on my blog right now...
These are some photographs that I took of the Summer Solstice Full Strawberry Moon last night.
I could not believe my good luck. I had gone to a location, but the moon was nowhere to be seen, and it was past its rise time of 8:31pm local time. I drove to a nearby location and saw the moon on the horizon, and it was red! Crowds had gathered, and I almost couldn't get a parking place. Once I did, I ran out onto the beach to get some photographs before the moon lost its color. The sand gnats were numerous and unrelenting, but I persevered.
In the end, none of my photos came out crisp, but I'm posting a few anyway. The moon was stunning, but my photos don't do justice to its true color. I took these photos shortly after the sun had set at 8:29pm, but prior to the end of civil twilight, which ended at 9:03pm. (Note: in the second photo, both the moon and moon reflection were pink/red, but the moon looks white.)
I made a Summer Solstice / Full Moon themed piece.
The Full Moon occurred at 7:02am local time, but set at 5:43am, so I could not see it at its peak. It will rise again tonight at 8:31pm. I might try to get photos of it then. The sun will set at 8:29pm, and civil twilight will end at 9:03pm.
As usual, I missed the actual event. That's life. Expect nothing, and then life won't disappoint.
These are some photographs that I took in my yard this past week.
The Grackles monopolize the suet feeder. All of the other birds fly away when they show up. (Although a male Northern Cardinal held his ground on the bird feeder when a Grackle was on it.) Although I love black birds for Halloween, I'm not a fan of taking photographs of them. But the lighting when I took these created some striking images that I liked.
This is a photograph that I took of a Red-bellied Woodpecker at my bird feeder this past week.
"If you seed it, they will come." It seems like within a minute (or less) of me putting bird seed in my bird feeder, the birds show up. There is also a chipmunk who has moved in at the base of the bird feeder. He peeks out of his ground hole at me as I approach, and doesn't duck inside until I am within a foot of him. Then he comes back out as soon as I turn and walk away.
This is 1 of 6 posts of some photographs that I took during a walk on the Riverwalk in Westport, CT this past week.
I looked in my Birds of Eastern North America but I could not identify this bird. It was about the same size as an American Robin and had coloring very similar to one. At first I thought it was a juvenile, but it had a dark bill. Other differences from an adult were that it had white spotted wings, a black spotted chest, dark legs, and a pale eye ring.
The spots made me think this could be in the Woodpecker, Flicker, or Sapsucker family, but I didn't find a picture in the book that matched this bird.
Does anyone know what kind of bird this is? Thanks to anyone who leaves comments.
This is 6 of 6 posts of some photographs that I took during a walk on the Riverwalk in Westport, CT
this past week.
This post is actually of photos taken on the street near the Riverwalk.
The first two photographs are of the National Hall building in Westport, Connecticut, "an 1873 three-story Italianate structure," at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 33. Both sides of the bridge over the Saugatuck River are lined with US flags for most/all of the year. (I'm not 100% sure about Winter.) The third photograph is of the backside of the building across the street, which has a matching brick / color scheme.