Sunday, June 27, 2010

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hi everypuppy and everycat! It's me, Ammy, here with Serene Scenery Sunday. As many of you know, I am the Chief Meteorologist at Ao4 Headquarters. I'm coming to you today from my office, here in the weather lab.

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Me. Ammy. Chief Meteorologist, Ao4 HQs.

Not that kind of Lab. Sorry.

Anyway, as
the boys mentioned yesterday, we had front-row seats at quite the spectacular event this weekend -- a partial lunar eclipse! It was very exciting and beautiful! Instead of going into a technical explanation of the whole thing (though if you'd like to study up on it, please click here!) I thought I'd show you the whole thing, start to finish! We all just loved this and it gave us great serenity and everything -- so let's go!

It all started for us with Friday's sunset...

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Sunset over the Flint Hills

Aren't the colors warm and wonderful? Then eventually the moon rose. It looked like this:

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The moon. Pre-eclipse.

That was at about 2130. Umm... 9:30 p.m. AKA almost bedtime for Siberians. Actually, we didn't get to bed until much later, but that's another story. As Zimmie told you yesterday, he knew how excited Mom was about following along with the eclipse, so he woke her up every hour. Isn't he sweet?!? And sure enough, by about 0520, this is what Mom saw off our deck:

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The start of the eclipse!

See how the Earth is starting to cast its shadow on the "top" of the moon?!?

Here's what was happening by 0540:

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Ten minutes later:

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(Mom says sorry about the power line, but that's the way it goes.)

You can tell the sun was coming up in the opposite sky! It was getting light out and hard to capture the moon's image. See how HUGE it looks, though?!?! It's that "Moon Illusion" phenomenon!!! (Read
more here and see some awesome photos by entering "moon illusion" in your search engine, and hitting "images"! Really!)

OK... so back to Ao4 HQs... here's what the sky looked like at 0555:

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And just a couple minutes later, the moon had almost vanished:

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And it was red like that and everything! Oh, how I wish you could have seen it! I just had to show you!

Also as Zim said, we had a full moon! Here's what that looked like last night:

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Full moon on 26 June 2010

Isn't it glorious?!!? That was at about 2200 hours. It was huge and oh, so beautiful!

That's about it for Serene Scenery Sunday. I hope you enjoyed this week's edition.

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"Yes, Davy. I'm done. You can go back to howling now!"

He really does have such a nice voice!

Love,
Ammy

PS: We have lots more pictures of the eclipse and full moon in our FlickR
Sunsets and Sky Shots set; you are welcome to visit to see more!

19 comments:

  1. Great post Amy!

    Those pix are just beautiful!

    Big hugs to you and all the pups!

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

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  2. Wow! Those are some great pictures! I'm going to have to find out how you set your camera - I have no luck wiyh night time photos.

    Sam

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  3. Woo - we were howling the whole time.

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  4. What wonderful pictures, Ammy, your mom is quite the shutter-bug! Seriously, woo pups post some of the most wonderful pictures! We didn't see the eclipse, but thanks fur sharing yours!

    jack a-roo & miss moo.

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  5. Oh what beautiful pictures. It sure was worth getting Mom up every hour just to be sure you weren't missing it..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

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  6. Those are spectacular pics Ammy! We missed the eclipse but mum saw a full moon this morning on her way to work.

    Huffs

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  7. Wonderful post Ammy!! Thanks for sharing the pictures! We know your mom sure didn't get much sleep! Mom tried to get a picture or two last night but she only got little dots. She saw it for hours and it was really beautiful but her camera phone did not cooperate. Thanks!!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

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  8. Those are really good photos of the moon and eclipse! We're glad Zim made sure your mom didn't miss it! We did see the full moon last night too and it looked just like that!

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  9. Those are some uber-pawsome pikturs!

    We TRIED to stay up to see the full moons last night.....but unfortunately we was all snoring away by 10 o'clock...sigh. So I am so glad we get to see your pikturs.


    MinnaK

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  10. Wow! Very cool pics!! Your mom takes excellent pics!

    Holly

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  11. Holy crap! What awesome pictures
    Benny & Lily

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  12. Those are great photos! The moon is much bigger where you live. It kind of looks like maybe you could get to it if you jumped high enough.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  13. Hi, Ammy!
    The pictures are awesome!
    Sure it was a great event to witness!
    Happy Sunday!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  14. Pawesome Pics Ammy!!!

    Smileys & Snuggles!
    Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

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  15. Great shots! Did you howl at the moon? :)

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  16. What awesome pictures! We were all sound asleep at that hour! Thank you for showing us what we missed!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  17. wow! nice shots of the moon. really cool!

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  18. AWESOME shots!!!

    What a very comfy lab you have! And you look sooo cute!

    Mochi

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  19. What wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing - and you look so beautiful and comfy on your quilt! Happy weekend!

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