2019

The Waxing Gibbous Moon Before Tomorrow’s Super Blood Moon

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Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (01-19-2019)

I’ve captured one last shot of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, before Luna’s big night tomorrow. We will have a Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse.

The Moon will be in its perigee stage and as close as 221,681 miles (356,761 Kilometers) to Earth. This will be the closest approach for the year 2019. The furthest Full Moon will occur in June, this year. In it’s apogee stage it will be 252,622 Miles (406,555 Kilometers) away from Earth. Between being perigee and apogee, distance of the Moon is approximately 30,000 Miles (50,000 Kilometers)

When we experience a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth covers the Moon 100 percent from the Sun. While the light supply from the Sun is cut due to the Earth’s shadow, the Moon doesn’t go completely dark. Instead, the surface of the Moon takes a reddish glow. Therefore, we call it a Blood Moon.

Let’s hope for a clear sky tomorrow night. The Lunar Eclipse can be seen from Eastern Russia at sunset, the North and South America at night and early morning hours. It also can be seen in Western Africa and in Europe before sunrise. Here is the timeline for UTC and CST Times. Just add or subtract the amount of hours of your time zone.

Event UTC Time Time in Dallas* Visible in Dallas
Penumbral Eclipse begins Jan 21 at 02:36:29 Jan 20 at 8:36:29 pm Yes
Partial Eclipse begins Jan 21 at 03:33:54 Jan 20 at 9:33:54 pm Yes
Full Eclipse begins Jan 21 at 04:41:17 Jan 20 at 10:41:17 pm Yes
Maximum Eclipse Jan 21 at 05:12:14 Jan 20 at 11:12:14 pm Yes
Full Eclipse ends Jan 21 at 05:43:15 Jan 20 at 11:43:15 pm Yes
Partial Eclipse ends Jan 21 at 06:50:39 Jan 21 at 12:50:39 am Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends Jan 21 at 07:48:02 Jan 21 at 1:48:02 am Yes

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2019

Hiking At The Colony Shoreline Trail In January

Hiking at Lewisville Lake, the wind was relentless today. The lake is at is full-pool capacity. And I saw lots of  Ring-billed Gulls fishing in the distance. Since it was too windy for photos, I just walked for bit, which felt good. I need to get back in shape anyway. The Christmas package needs to be trained off. And the best way to do so for me is walking and hiking in nature. As I mentioned before, I didn’t get any good photos from the walk today. So, I post a couple of pictures from a Great Blue Heron, I’ve photographed at the Shoreline Trail back in 2013.

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Beautiful January Evening II

Beautiful skies, we had this afternoon. The wind was strong and brisk, but the Sun was warm. Friday suppose to be warm in the low 70s (21°C), before we drop into the low 20s (-6°C) on Sunday night. Kevin and I need to bring some potted plants, including the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage for a couple of nights. But in the meantime, we enjoy the warmer temperatures, before the Texas Winter comes back.

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Cozy Sunday Afternoon

While I cooked, I’ve got a fire started in the fireplace. The temperatures didn’t go above 40°F (4°C). Sara wanted me to fill up, the slinky feeder with peanuts, because she likes to watch her little Blue Jays. And sure enough, it didn’t take long, when six Blue Jays showed up to get some nuts. Sandy and Mr. Cardinal picked a couple of peanuts as well. After dinner, we all stayed by the fire in the front room. Kevin and Sara played a board game. And Katelynn watched them, while I tended the fire.

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Warming fire in our fireplace
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My 2-year Anniversary

Another year has past. Today, I celebrate my 2-year Anniversary becoming a citizen of the United States of America. Last November, I had my first chance to vote. And it was quite an experience. Since I’ve never looked back, after I immigrated, I’m very proud of my decision.

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The Star Spangled Banner hangs on the ladder of a fire truck and flies proudly in wind at Liberty by the Lake in The Colony.
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North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January VII

These days, you’ll see more backyard bird photos on my blog. The weather is gray, and the temperatures are cool. I’m too lazy for a photo walk and do garden work in this kind of weather. These gloomy days are perfect for getting some work done in the house. But the feeders are full. And the local birds are in abundance in the yard. Mr. Squirrel was happy to see some peanuts, this morning. In the afternoon, the Blue Jays came over to take the rest from the slinky feeder.

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The American Goldfinch

This whole day was kinda gloomy with gray skies.  But all the birds did show up, again. This time, they came over with a couple of Goldfinches, in the yard. Yesterday, I had some Nyjer seeds in the feeder. The finches love them. And they also attract the American Goldfinch. Last week on New Years Day, I had one sitting in the tree. Today a had a couple. Let’s see, if more will show up in the following days.

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North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January VI

Since my ribs were in the slow cooker, I didn’t have to worry about cooking in the afternoon. Therefore I enjoyed the time in the backyard, before the girls came home from school. While I sat on the patio, lots of birds and Mr. Squirrel came over for a late lunch. There were Blue Jays, Crows, Grackles, House Sparrows, House Finches, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-winged Doves, etc. I’ve got some good captures of some of the birds.

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“PEEEAAANNNUUUTS!!!”

That’s what it must sound like, when the Blue Jay announces to all the other Blue Jays, that I filled their slinky with peanuts. I had four Blue Jays and some curious other birds in my trees, this afternoon. And today, I tried something different. Usually the jays are very shy toward humans. But instead of standing behind the patio door, I sad on the chair, which is  on the patio. I was about four to five feet away from the slinky. Two Blue Jays communicated with each other quietly, how they would get to the peanuts. They were very skittish, at first. But when they realized they were in no danger, by me sitting there very patiently and moving no muscle, they decided to go for it. One of them went for a peanut, and flew into the higher branches. The other one still wasn’t so sure. The first Blue Jay became bolder and picked up the peanut, it dropped on the patio earlier. The other three birds saw, I minded my own business. And then, one after the other Blue Jay came to the slinky for a snack. In the meantime, I lifted up my camera very slowly and got these shots of these nice backyard birds.