Saturday, March 19, 2011

Colorado Moon


Not the best picture, but it was beautiful.   A once in a life time event,  this supermoon.   A supermoon is when the moon is at it’s fullest and closest to the earth during the vernal equinox.  Tonight will be the closest in 18 years.  We drove out to the edge of the housing area to get a clear view. 

Since I said it is a Colorado moon, it is obviously we are in Colorado.   We sold our little camper to a couple in Cripple Creek, Colorado.  By the time we visited by email and phone to make the deal, they seemed like old friends.  I think they will be happy with the Dog House.  It sounds like it will fit their needs exactly. 


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nature’s cleaning crew is back

Yep, the turkey buzzards are back in full force, following the warm updrafts and circling over the valley.

I see that in 2008, they arrived on March 20th and in 2009 on March 12th (we must have missed seeing them last year)  This year they arrived between the two dates and right on time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by eating something green…. 

I am sure they will be busy cleaning up from winter for a while.  I tried for a long time to capture a close up picture.  Finally several years ago I snapped this one while on the mail route. 

One crazy looking bird, for sure. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cinque Terre Italy revisited

Last night Sue and I gave a last minute program at our SHARE group.  (The scheduled program was cancelled due to sickness of the presenter.)   The trip was in September of 2009 so it took all day yesterday to refresh myself on details and organize pictures.

Cinque Terre means “Five Lands” or five villages.  At the time I wrote and posted pictures here, here and here.  I also wrote about Waking up Cinque Terre. 

Not that I expect anyone would want to go back to that trip.  I just linked to all of that because the point of this post is not to write too much more information about the trip.

In the process of going through all the pictures, though, I came across a picture I took of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  The statue overlooks the Cinque Terre town of Monterosso.  I notice this picture did not show up on any of my postings.  It seems touching to me now.  At the time I was overwhelmed and didn’t feel its beauty as it comes to me now.

Italy 09 335-2

Italy 09 344

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Personal Account of Japan's Earthquake

Neal Murphy currently lives in Japan.  His blog is entitled Wayfaring Writer where he writes about his experience in the earthquake now upgraded to 9.0.