Yesterday was a very active day for me showing the sun to 50-60 young library visitors.
The sun was rather quiet so I did not expect to see anything during the night. However ...
I was awakened around 2:30am by something - maybe a star shining our window? At 2:45
I finally got to have a look and there was a band across the NNE horizon. Husband's dilemma: to waken wife or not. If a husband locks his wife and dog in a room for an hour, who will be happy to see him when he opens the door? Hint: it wags a tail; the other choice is the lawyer starting divorce proceedings!
I woke up Vicki and we spent an hour on the balcony watching the arc become curtains and streamers. There was some colour, mostly green but an occasional touch of purple-red. The intensity varied on a scale of minutes, I guess.
Sorry my camera is not working - did take it out to show it what it was missing, but the shutter did nothing. I do not think this a 1000 words but will have to do - maybe a reflection of my photographic skills? Oh yes, there were reflections off the lake. I do hope Vick managed some good images. I did manage eventually to get her to use the tripod - wag a tail, wob
This just arrived from NATURE: 24 hours of Pluto
The fly-by is on July 14 and the results will take 26 months to be returned to earth. No conspiracy, just vast distances and low data transmission rates - I think they practised here in Canada? Maybe too much practice?
Friends and colleagues in Germany have taken time off from Rosetta to work on some radio experiments. I hope that come September, results about Pluto and 67P will become available. I might also be lucky in October to meet the New Horizons pilot, Alan Stern,
Now I have just answered an email which reminded me that I was busy yesterday observing a rather large slender fish about 40cm long - longer than my feet stretched out before me in the kayak - in perhaps 50cm deep water near the Leacock boathouse.
I do not know what kind of fish - not a bass, not quite a sucker or a pike. A sturgeon?
I saw my first kingfisher, maybe in 1987, certaily in 1989 in Algonquin/Opeongo Lake. Here on Lake Couchiching they tend to be shy - maybe because there are not too many places where they can hide from so many people. And here comes another one!
I know where the nearby nest is and try not to linger there too long - did drive off a raccoon from the area last year. The female is on the left with the rusty "belt". Maybe the male, probably a youngster on the right. The kingfishers were back very early this Spring with the lake still mostly ice-covered. I was surprised.
I took 24 photos that were worth reducing in size - ie., were in focus - but these were the closest I managed to get. I think you can tell that it was hot.
I have had some troubles with the Internet, so Knossos, while nearly ready, will not be going up soon. I might manage my Saturday tour of Mariposa this afternoon. It is complete but I was thinking of adding some images taken a couple of years ago from on-site.