As I walked to my car Monday morning I paused to take a picture of the lovely (not) water hole in our front yard. Keith put a pot in it upside down and a pole to make sure no one fell in it. A pipe had a slow leak that was fixed on Thursday.
My birthday was Friday and I spent the morning with my uncle, aunt and cousin going to garage sales. While there weren’t very many, I did buy a few things and had a fun time with my family. When we finished I played with the birthday present my husband got me, a fisheye lens, by taking pictures at my uncle’s home. It’s pretty cool how you can get such a wide view.
Friday was also a blue moon, meaning it was the second full moon in the month. Keith and I went to a local park and I took a few photos with my fisheye lens. You really can’t even tell that it’s a wider view, which is really nice.
I also took some photos with 18-250mm lens.
Saturday my nephew had a skating party and I used my new lens a bit more. I’ll be really playing with it more soon and learning when and how to get the most out of it.
My nephew and I are a year older and both in our double digits!
It was to be a relaxing weekend at our lake place. And it was, with the exception of my odd schedule. Saturday morning I read that the annual Perseid meteor showers would begin after 10:00 pm and that the best time to see them is in the pre-dawn time and I decided I wanted to watch this.
Between 10 & 11 pm Keith and I looked for the moon and meteors, we even went to the marina but didn’t see the moon or any shooting stars. We did, however, see lots of interesting night time colors as people were taking their boats in for the day. Unfortunately, I did not have my tripod which made taking photographs at night a challenge.
I set my alarm clock for 3:00 am to get up and try to see the Perseid at that time. Even though I was sleeping comfortably I got up and went to the front yard. After a few minutes, I finally found the crescent moon hiding behind all the tops of the trees and then I saw some shooting stars! I went back inside to let Keith know but he wasn’t interested in getting out of that wonderful bed (imagine that).
Determined to see something, I took a chair and sat in a big open space in our back yard for the next 2 hours watching the moon, jupiter, venus, the milky way and the perseids. I found it quite peaceful and enjoyable. As I expected, the photographs aren’t very good since I didn’t have my tripod to hold the camera steady but I had fun trying.
The moon was in line with and in between Jupiter and Venus on Saturday morning.
The crescent moon was quite clear in the rural area of Shay, OK.
I also went out about 4:30 am Monday morning and thought it was interesting to note that the moon was now much closer to Venus and the view of the moon was a bit brighter on the shadow side.
Today I actually took a number of photos mostly just playing with my new lens. Then I remembered the September 365 Inspiration List I downloaded a few days ago and saw that today’s idea is ‘white’ and yesterday’s was ‘something from above’. How perfect…here’s my photo taken from my front yard looking south.
Today’s moon is called a waxing (or growing) crescent moon. Here’s a lunar calendar that shows you about what the moon will look like each day: Moon Phases Calendar.