Before the fall

(Aug 21 2:12 p.m.)

It happened.

(Aug 24 3:33 p.m.)

On a Friday.

(Aug 23 12:44 p.m.)

I got hit in the head.

(Aug 20 1:36 p.m.)

By a falling acorn.

(Aug 23 3:41 p.m.)

No injury.  Just some have begun to fall prematurely— by the green color.  It’s more annoying than harmful being hit in the head by one of these.

The bigger news… touching on nature and weather… is, of course, hurricane Harvey.  (Now a tropical storm.)

(Aug 18 3:40 p.m.)

Yeah, I have no photographs of Texas in my camera roll.  Just Maine and our occasional mini-lakes.  Nothing happens here.

I do hope that Lynda and others in the region are okay.  There’s already severe structural damage and flooding, not to mention fires in Corpus Christi.  1,300 military members activated, 500 more called, according to Texas governor Greg Abbott.  Let’s just say the storm has been compared to Katrina, and that the accumulative rainfall may top three feet.  Be careful out there!

(Aug 21 2:38 p.m.)

The other major event of the week was the solar eclipse.  The last time the U.S. had a coast-to-coast solar eclipse was 99 years ago.  As projected, the eclipse in the U.S. spanned Oregon to South Carolina.

Image source: eclipse2017.org

NOVA covered quite a deal of it, along with a bit of history, edited and broadcast later on the same day.  (Five editing rooms.)

Because the sun is so bright , it takes an eclipse to effectively study the corona.  Without the advances in technology we now take for granted, progress was particularly slow in centuries past.  It was found in the 1930s that the supposedly new element in the solar corona (dubbed “coronium”), emitting narrow green wavelengths, was actually iron in its plasma state— the state where it’s so hot the element cannot maintain its electrons as the metal we know, becoming positively ionic (Fe13+).

The study of the corona still takes special conditions or instruments, but thanks to rockets, sensors and computers nanoflares may no longer be theory, per evidence.

Where we live, the moon was supposed to partially eclipse the bottom of the visible sun, according to NASA. (Aug 21 2:47 p.m.)

… I used a trash bag as a filter to take this photo around peak.  Supposedly, Maine got a partial eclipse of 50-60%, but all I and my mother could see was an overall darkening that made the environment look about two hours later.

This year may have been a bust, but in 2024 Maine will get a total eclipse.

(Aug 24 3:37 p.m.)

A solar eclipse happens only once every 12-18 months somewhere on earth.  That’s four to six seasons.

Besides the dropping of acorns and leaves is the decline of activity amongst the animals.  At some point the animals will begin to prepare for winter.  Until then, all the little weird bugs are still out.

There’s an insect under all that puffy, wool-like stuff. (Aug 24 3:33 p.m.)
Caterpillar. (Aug 23 12:43 p.m.)
(Aug 24 3:34 p.m.)

This ladybug was moving so fast there was motion blur trying to capture it, even in photo burst.

(Aug 24 3:35 p.m.)

Another rare occurrence, more rare than a bunch of bikers traversing our road, was two people on horses last Sunday.

(Click an image to enlarge.) (Aug 20 12:20 p.m.)

On Tuesday, I managed to capture (somewhat) the next door neighbors lighting the night with actual fire.  (Stationary torches, I presume.)

(Aug 22 8:29 p.m.)

On the pest side of things, the neighborhood raccoon tried to get in to the trash again, Saturday morning.  It was apparently stumped when it couldn’t get the lid off.  It could be— oh, I don’t know— the considerable amount of tape holding the lid on nowadays.  On both ends.

A squirrel made an appearance in the roof; but only once, and I did not lose sleep over it.  (I am, however, disturbed by other things in recent news.  But none of that is suitable for this post.)

(Aug 23 12:44 p.m.)

Well, that’s all I have for now.  It’s best I catch some Zs.  I’ll try to get in a post on the more serious stuff going on.  Until then…

(Aug 23 12:43 p.m.)
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