Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday - the Moon

[Supermoon over Delaware Bay, December 4, 2017. click to enlarge.]

The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money. 

- Plautus

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Golden

[Golden Eagle in a glide over Cape May, November 4 2017. click to enlarge.]

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday - Flying

[Canada Geese over Fishing Creek, NJ, September 30 2017.]

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” 
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eclipse Planning

[NOT an eclipse, this crescent moon was over Cape May October 13, 2012. I haven't decided if I am going to photograph the coming eclipse, or just  experience it. B&H Photo has some great eclipse photography tips.]

Here's the skinny on the timing of the eclipse for Cape May:

Partial solar eclipse visible (77.85% coverage of Sun)
Magnitude: 0.8195
Duration: 2 hours, 41 minutes, 10 seconds
Partial begins: Aug 21 at 1:22:25 pm
Maximum: Aug 21 at 2:46:12 pm
Partial ends: Aug 21 at 4:03:35 pm

You can go here for a map to check the timing elsewhere.

Animals behaving in strange ways during celestial events is the stuff of legends, but the legends are based in facts. For example, birds will likely slow or stop their singing during the eclipse. The trouble is, birds will not be singing much when the solar eclipse begins on August 21, since a) it's August and most birds are pretty much done singing, and b) it will be mid-afternoon. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to both seeing the eclipse (obligatory disclaimer: don't look right at it) and observing any changes in the behavior of birds and other wildlife.

This map shows the globe view of the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
[Map of the eclipse path, courtesy of NASA.]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday: Storms

[Short-billed Dowitchers joined the Laughing Gulls in the Cape May Point State Park parking lot last Monday when heavy rain and high tides flooded all the normal habitat. These dows are juveniles, told by the neat bright buff edges to the upperpart feathers. If you want to get fancy, find their tertials and note the bright internal markings, which separate them from Long-billed Dowitcher juveniles, which lack these markings. Click to enlarge.]

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. 

- Epictetus