Friday, October 10, 2014


This is the bridge between mainland Maine and Deer Isle.  We were on our way to Stonington for the view and dinner.

Stonington, Maine is a beautiful harbor town.

It is a major port for fine fresh seafood.  The refrigerated semi trucks were rolling onto the docks and loading at night.  I could imagine them pulling up to the back door of a very fine restaurant in New York or Boston to unload.

Maine in autumn, lobster boats, and fall color.

Fort Knox, in Bucksport, Maine dates to 1844, to guard against the British.   

My father built this house, and I lived in it when I was about four years old.

The water in a nearby stream made endless patterns.

Wave crashing against the granite of Schoodic Point at sunset.

The vast ocean horizon.

My mother, at sunset, on Little Moose Island.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Orion Nebula and Lunar Eclipse

The astronomy bug has me in its grasp!  I awoke from a sleep to watch the total lunar eclipse.

I observed some features on my camera that I had not fully explored, and aimed at the Orion Nebula.  This would be the middle "star" in the sword that hangs from Orion's belt.  I was pleased to observe the results, and hope you enjoy them as well.  You can see this yourself on a dark night with the naked eye.  If you have binoculars or a telescope, all the better.

If you don't have a dark sky, you'll be denied the opportunity to see this and other celestial wonders.  Lights should be shielded and downcast to avoid wasting energy and to preserve the beauty of our environment.  I also observed a couple of galaxies, the Pleiades and Beehive Cluster, Jupiter, Leo, Gemini, Cancer, and Taurus.  Two meteors streaked across the heavens as well.