• You are looking at the comet NEOWISE taken with a Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. I took it with a long exposure. The comet looks golden with a very long tail of ice and rock.
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    Comet NEOWISE in the night sky

    Comet NEOWISE was an amazing sight to see in the night sky through July. I hope you were able to view it in your area. We had several clear nights with a little haze in the sky, but I was able to get a few photos of this historic event. The comet was first discovered on March 27th by the NEOWISE Space Telescope. It is considered a once in a decade comet and is as large as Mount Everest. NEOWISE, with is long icy tail, was a beautiful sight to behold in the night sky. I took the above photos using my 50mm lens around midnight. My comet chaser and…

  • You are looking at a large group of fireworks in the colors of red, green, orange and yellow. This is to celebrate our fourth of July in the U.S.A.
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    Happy 4th of July Under The Full Moon

    Happy 4th of July to the U.S.A! This is your two hundredth and forty fourth birthday! We the people sure have come a long way since the beginning of it all. While there have been many cancellations with celebrating our traditional 4th of July holiday, many private businesses and citizens have been making their own fireworks shows for the rest of us to see. I think they were even better than what our own city puts on! Since this was a three day weekend, we’ve been lucky enough to see fireworks all the way through the weekend. I’d like to give a big thank you to those who shared their…

  • You are looking at a photo of my dad who was in the First Infantry during the Cold War. This is a dedicated blog post to my father, Happy Father's Day.
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    Happy Father’s Day To All The Dads

    Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the other dads out there! I want to dedicate this Father’s Day post to my dad, Robert, or Bob for short. Thank you, Dad, from all of us kids for being there when we needed you. Thank you for being a leader and provider through the years. Our dad grew up on the Bryan family farm in a household of 16, with 14 kids in all. Back in the day, farmers had lots of kids to help with running their farms. I don’t know how my Grandma took care of so many kids, but she did, and did a pretty amazing job! She…

  • You are looking at the Strawberry Full Moon rising in all it's orange glory just above the horizon.
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    Strawberry Full Moon June 5th Of 2020

    The Strawberry Full Moon on June 5th of 2020 put on a beautiful show this year. It was big and bright, with a lovely orange glow, as it ascended over the horizon. The Strawberry Moonrise in my area started around 8:50 pm and it came up right on time. It was 99.5% full when it peaked over the horizon. If you notice on the cover photo, there’s an object flying past the center of the moon. I’m not sure what it was. It may have been a bird in the distance or even a small plane. This month’s moon will not reach very high in the sky. It’s lower than…

  • You are looking at the almost Full Strawberry Moon, that will also be a lunar eclipse on the other side of the world.
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    Strawberry Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of 2020

    This year’s Strawberry Full Moon of 2020 will be an exciting one, especially if you’re in Asia, Australia, Europe, or Africa, India and China. You may be able to see the penumbral  lunar eclipse. It will be a subtle effect, but nonetheless, it’s still an amazing event. The eclipse begins at 17:45 UTC, peaks at 57% eclipsed at 19:24 UTC, and ends at 21:04 UTC. If you’re interested in watching the lunar eclipse mark your calendar for noon at PT on Friday, June 5th at Virtual Telescope. Until then I’m going to share a few of the Strawberry Moon photos I’ve captured pre-full moon. The above photos were taken just above…