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The Path Of Totality

August 21 was a day that captured the attention of the entire United States.  Yes, for a little while, we would be in total darkness!  And we would be in awe the whole time!

But, not all of us lived in or were close to the “path of totality” of the total solar eclipse.  Fortunately for me, I wasn’t too far away and a good friend lived right smack in the middle of it, in Westmoreland, Tennessee.  Better still, he owned a nice bit of land with a great view in all directions and the weather was clear blue skies!

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This is just as the moon was about to cover the Sun.  It literally took about 15 seconds from beginning to block the Sun until fully blocking it.

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What a spectacular day it was!

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Even when I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with the moon.  It’s up there and it seems so close!

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On Sunday it’ll be extra BIG because it’s so close in its orbit around Earth, so it’ll be a Super Moon.  And, it will also be a total lunar eclipse that will be best viewable in the eastern half of the U.S.  This image shows the various viewing zones on earth.

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And, this video will help!

 

Anticipating this Super Moon and lunar eclipse, I decided to take a few pictures tonight, through a hazy sky.

 

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And, there is no truth to the rumor that my Sweetheart, my fiancée, was seen riding a great white shark across the face of the moon, as far as anyone can tell.

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These very nice folks out on the West Coast (Oregon) are a couple of the nicest people with their regular posts about the hummingbird activity on their property.

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And, you’ll be amazed by the hummingbird activity there!

 

So, if you get a chance, say hello!  They’ll respond and thank you!  They’re pretty good with a camera!

Hummingbird Haven Barn

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Two nights ago, I was supposed to be in the perfect location to view and photograph the fantastic moonrise over Cincinnati.  However, strong thunderstorms decided to upset those plans, so I remained indoors and dry.  But, it was only a little more than two hours later, around 10 PM, that the clouds were clearing out and I’d be able to take a somewhat “super moon” pic or two.  I wasn’t disappointed.

 

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In four weeks, there will be a real “Super Moon” which is when the moon is closest to earth in it’s yearly orbit and directly after the full moon will be a total lunar eclipse which will be visible over the Eastern/Central U.S.  Yes, we are in the perfect place for this coming total lunar eclipse, when only lights from earth will light up the moon, because the earth will block the Sun’s light and the moon will glow an orangish color.  I can’t wait!

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Last year, during the last quarter, was an interesting time in my life.  In this case “interesting” means both good and bad, but in reverse order.  I was fine and life was moving “swimmingly” until mid-October, when something of the “bad” variety happened.  It wasn’t my health and there was nothing I could do to undo the “bad” that was done and it was financially crushing.   I survived with a little assistance.  It hurt but it wasn’t a permanent hurt.

 

But, being frugal when times get tough is easy for me as I am very self-disciplined and I cut off the luxuries for a short time, including internet access.  Interestingly enough, a relatively new Facebook “friend”, from Italy, sent me a few text messages inquiring about my health and well-being, for my other friends on Facebook that I couldn’t be in contact with.  And, I was really surprised when I saw the “01” at the beginning of the phone number, meaning “international”.

 

It was late December, just a few days before Christmas, when I was able to get back online again and I was “stable” financially.  I survived and now I was going to catch up on some of what I missed.  It was about two weeks later when I was talking with a friend about how “Ron” from Italy had sent me text messages inquiring about me when no one else did.  This started something wonderful.  My friend mentioned something to me about “Ron” and said “she” and I was talking to him and then I said, “She?”

 

Well, I had only just gotten to know Ron in September, so I hardly knew him.  We belonged to the same Facebook group and we had similar ideas and that’s about as much as I knew about him.  But now, months later, my friend says “she” and I say “She?” and he says, “I’m pretty sure.  Didn’t you look at her Facebook page?” and of course I hadn’t.  Now I had to.  Later that evening, I went to Ron’s page and saw all of her pictures.  The following day, I spoke with her privately.  I mentioned how I didn’t think anything about “him” because the first name was “Ron” and I didn’t know that “Ron” was actually a woman and she laughed and laughed and laughed and made funny comments and laughed some more.  So I laughed with her.  And on that first time chatting I mentioned that she was very nice looking.  Maybe she noticed me, too.  (We can’t agree on who liked who first)
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So she sent me a picture.  And we talked some more.  And we laughed some more.  And she sent me another picture.

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So I loved her eyes.  And I began to love her.  And we talked and laughed and we laughed some more and she sent me more pictures, many more pictures, and I decided to ask her “the question” and I did.  And she said “Yes!”  We don’t live close, but we both feel the same about each other.  We talk daily and we laugh daily.  We have both adjusted some things for each other, to make time for each other when we’re 6 time zones away from each other, but we laugh like kids almost daily and she’s just special to me in ways I’ve never known.

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She’s a nut!  With a great sense of humor!  She told me to get used to seeing her with a towel on her head and I couldn’t stop laughing!  And the end of a bad situation last year has turned my life around 180° and for the first time in several years, I was thinking about a woman in my life.  Well, that’s a mild way of putting it!

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If you’re going to take a picture of a full moon, what would be better than an owl, a creature of the night, highlighting that picture?  So, without further ado, owls and full moons!

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Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

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What a beautiful creature!

I’ve taken a “leave of absence” to take a little better care of me.

You see, I’m disabled due to injuries suffered in 1977, when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and a few years ago, those injuries decided to haunt me.  I won’t get into the details, but there were a few times that I was close to death.  I didn’t die!  That just means I’ve been given more time to haunt my friends. What else are they good for anyways, right?

But this past Polar Vortex winter was really tough on me and I was a complete shut-in for most of it and that’s not a good thing.   In any case, I’m back to … “normal”, whatever that would be.  And, I’m nothing but trouble to those who actually love me.   Of course, I love them, too!

So, this is a really great video of the moon, a really nice full moon, rising and people in the distance being the silhouette.  So, watch it and enjoy it.  It’s about 3 1/2 minutes long and there’s some music with it.

I know it’s in here somewhere!

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Don’t worry, I’ll find it!

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Feel like sharing?

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Snuggling is a great human tradition, as I’m sure we all know.

But, sometimes we do it better than at other times.

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So much contentment!

Happy Dog Couple

So she’s a little different!  So what!

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Apparently, animals know it’s a good idea!

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And who are we to argue!

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They don’t look stressed to me!

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Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s Super-Moon!

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Is this incredible?  I’ve never seen a photo of the moon looking like this!

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Is this jetliner orbiting the moon?

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I’m half-expecting to see the kids from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial flying through this moon on their bikes!

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And this one reminds me of a Tom Hanks movie, Joe Versus The Volcano!

Awesome Eagle

And when I see something like this, I’m usually awestruck.

Splashing Bear

You know this guy is on a mission!

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Mission complete!

Thankfully, there’s a lot of it in nature!

Colorful Birds

These blue and orange birds and these purple flowers, yet it goes together very well with all that green!

Colorful Lizard

And how exactly did this lizard get the colors of the rainbow?

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And this ladybug can’t be hidden too well by the morning dew!

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And this is just the softer rainbow hues – because she’s a lady, of course!

When it comes to mixing colors, could we really do better?

There are so many beautiful places on this Earth of ours.

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From north (like Norway) …

Victoria Regia Water Lily and Lily Pads

To south (like Brazil) …

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And from east (like Cherry Blossom Lake in Japan) …

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To west (like this Wisconsin sunset)

This is a beautiful Earth we live on!

So many beautiful things in our world and not enough space to describe it all.

But, I find that some of the most beautiful things are what are inside us all.

When you see something like this, how could your heart not melt!

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And when you see something like this, you see the best in us.

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And isn’t that a beautiful thing!

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