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~Welcome to Autumn!

Autumnal Equinox

Today, September 22, 2018, the Sun crossed the celestial equator and marks the first day of autumn. We celebrate two equinoxes, one to mark the beginning of Spring and one to mark the beginning of Autumn. Equinox literally means “equal night.” And during the equinox, most places on Earth will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

On Sept. 22 at 9:54 p.m. EDT, the sun will cross the celestial equator, or an imaginary line that projects Earth’s equator into space. At this exact moment, the Northern and Southern hemispheres will receive an equal amount of sunshine, and the length of day and night will be approximately equal around the world — hence the term “equinox,” which is derived from the Latin phrase meaning “equal night.”

To learn more see Astro Bob’s Blog at Fall. Some of this information was taken from Space.com Space. Also go out to wikipedia to learn more. Click here: September Equinox

OoO-A few photos I took today while on a bike ride, while enjoying this first day of Autumn. What did you do today to celebrate the September Equinox?

 

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Canada Geese enjoying a rest. Some are probably getting ready to migrate.

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A guess some will stay.

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Mehaffney Park. Fall colors haven’t arrived yet at 5,000 feet. Our home sits on the hill in the background.

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A bug enjoying the warmth of the sun on this first day of Autumn. Taken in my backyard.

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This bush is showing some cooler weather changes. Our lows have been in the mid 40’s.

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Easing into fall.

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Some bushes are announcing their fall arrival.

Welcome to Autumn. Enjoy!

And, here is what Scrubby is doing on this first day of Autumn:

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Cashing peanuts.

 

~A Morning Walk

On our walk we met an elderly couple sitting on a bench. They were wearing their Parks & Recreation volunteer vests, and huge smiles. When someone walked by their bench they were very happy to engage in conversation. With paper and pens on their laps, they were recording how many people they saw including activities they were doing. This data would be turned over to Parks and Rec to help in making future decisions on this multipurpose area. By the way, this park was being constructed in 2012 when a flood destroyed the progress. It has taken several years to build it again.

Howard and I chatted with them for several minutes and we enjoyed our chat with these friendly “youngsters”.  They were RV’ers, having traveled in many different rigs and through many states. No longer wanting to travel they moved into a beautiful home within walking distance of the Big Thompson River and their bench. It was nice to see them happy and enthused about life.

So what were people doing on this beautiful morning: walking, sightseeing, biking, running, fishing, taking photos, sitting, kids were throwing rocks into the ponds, and certainly enjoying this gorgeous park along the river. As for me, I was testing out my new Canon lens. It is a EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Just a few photos.

One of the many ponds around Loveland, Colorado.

Dragonfly Pond
Dragonfly Pond
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A Sunflower reaching toward the sun. A bring yellow among the browns and beiges of Buffalo Grass

Further along the path a man was standing, straddled his bike. As we approached he pointed out this baby snake. After taking a couple of photos of the snake we chatted for a few minutes. He was from Tampa, Florida, visiting his brother and family. He told me, “all snakes bite, but not all are poisonous.” He also told us that he played base in the Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Bank for many years. Isn’t it fun to chat with people? Well most of the time! Heehee!

Check out the colors and pattern.
Check out the colors and pattern.
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Sunflower – I am happy with the detail this lens is giving me up close.
Baby Bull Snake (?)
Baby Bull Snake (?) Great to have around the house, kills rodents and Rattlesnakes.

Take a walk, chat with people, enjoy the day.

 

~Signs of Spring

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Look around,

signs of Spring,

are abound.

Fluttering wings,

colorful blooms,

birds that sing.

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Swallowtail Butterfly
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Northern Mockingbird
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Making way for new feathers

 

The rains came and haven’t stopped, reminding us once again that this is an El Nino year.  What a time to be in Louisiana. What else should we have expected, plus it is Spring.

Yesterday, we were camping in Mandeville, Louisiana at Fairview Riverside State Park. The day we arrived management closed the RV loop closest to the river. We kept watching the water rise in the park and had a feeling we would be asked to evacuate, and that is what happened. We packed up quickly and drove a short distance to Hammond, Louisiana. The rains came again and haven’t stopped – twelve inches so far!

We will stay in Hammond until we feel it is safe to travel; hopefully a window of opportunity will present itself on Saturday so we can head west toward home.

We enjoyed our stay in Florida, even though it was rainy. Since my last post on travel news, we attended HamCation Ham Fest in Orlando, spend time again with friends at Lake Louisa and Rainbow Springs State Parks and then headed west. Our week at my most favorite “resort” was priceless; being with family is always a wonderful treat.

We are hoping our trek home will be dry, enjoyable and uneventful.

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Spring a time for renewal. Enjoy!

~A Golden Orb Weaver~

A  web of silk,

I weave,

For all who trespass,

so naive.

A trap to catch my prey,

I deceive,

None the wiser,

may leave.

Golden Orb (female)
Golden Orb (female)

On Christmas day we were hiking a trail at Lake Louisa State Park. A foot off the trail, suspended at eye level, was this gorgeous Golden Orb spider. You have to admit she is pretty.  I wouldn’t want her touching me, but she was nice to admire and capture with my camera.

A few facts about this gorgeous spider: (taken from the web)

  • Physical features: The female generally exhibits yellow spots on a muted orange/tan abdomen (with banded brown and orange legs), and the male is a fairly plain dark brown. The male is 1/2” (12mm) long and the female is much larger, at 1″ to 3″ (25 mm to 75 mm) long. The abdomen on both the male and female Banana spider is 2 1/2 to 3 times as long as it is wide. The female’s legs have brownish stripes with noticeable tufts of black hair on her 1st and last pair of legs. The male has a less colorful appearance, but he also has tufts of black hair on his legs.
  • Poisonous: No
  • Lives in: warm, sunny climates
  • Eats: Like many spiders, prefers to eat flying insects like bees that are attracted to the golden web it weaves. These spiders also go after larger prey like butterflies and moths.

 

Until next time…

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~Photo of the Day-Green Leaf Bug~

A funny looking bug, trying to hitch a ride on one of our car roof rails!

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Green Leaf Bug – (Katydid)

As we were getting in the car, I spotted what I thought was a green leaf on top of the roof. I reached up to grab the leave and throw it on the ground and quickly realized it was not a leaf.

 

 For a few Fun Facts on this bug go to  http://www.bugfacts.net/katydid.php#.VJ4SUJ0B

Sharing with: Saturday’s Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com

 

 

Until Next Time…..