Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

The “I have a Dream” speech’s most famous passage

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys I have a dream today.and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Minister, Civil Rights Activist

Our New “Cat Jail” ;)

My cats always had the freedom to go outdoors. And they really enjoyed it. But Joshua has the tendency to run at large. Therefore we had to pick him up from the shelter twice, since we adopted him five years ago. Well, I still rather do that than find out he became a bobcat or coyote snack. Monday evening, Sara and I witnessed when he almost got run over by a car. Thank goodness, the driver had good reaction and Joshua could leap out of the way in time. But I had enough. I talked to Kevin and insisted we need a catio, the very same night. A catio is a cat cage for the patio or backyard. Yep, I always thought people with a catio are crazy. Now, I’m one of the crazy cat people myself. 😉

Thursday afternoon the catio arrived. And today, Kevin spent a couple of hours to put it together this afternoon. Surprisingly, Joshua stayed in the backyard. He was curious what Daddy is building on the patio. Chewbacca was nowhere seen for a couple of hours. Once the cage was ready, we put Joshua in it to check it out. He did not like it at first. And he probably still don’t like it. But when Chewbacca came around to check this new box-like thingy out, Joshua calmed down. He began to enjoy the last rays of the afternoon Sun. Chewbacca wasn’t so sure about this new place either. But he liked the fact, he can watch “Cat Food Network” in the great outdoors, instead from behind the patio door. So all is good for him. Time will tell, if this was a good investment.

Constellation Orion In The January Night Sky

The night is cool and clear. And it will take until the early morning hours, before the waning crescent Moon will rise. Our Star Spangled Banner is waving in the breeze. It is a perfect opportunity to photograph the star constellation Orion in the January night sky.

For a better view feel free to visit my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38967074804/in/album-72157686994312444  https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38967075774/in/album-72157686994312444

Beautiful Sunset, But No Snow

It got cool, this afternoon. At 11:00 am it was 61ºF. And then the temperatures started to plunge. By the time I picked up Sara, the temperatures dropped to 40ºF. A strong wind brought the cold front in. Some neighboring cities had snow flurries. But we weren’t as lucky. While I made hot cocoa for the girls, the Sun peeked through the clouds, right before sunset. Well, we’ve got rewarded with a little bit of sun at the end of the day.

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We’ve got rewarded with a nice sunset, this evening.

Luna & The Planets

Since last weekend, I keep an eye on the Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Last Sunday, the two planets almost “touched” each other, they were so close from our view on Earth. The view distance was less than half of the Moon diameter.  This morning, the Moon was in a perfect position to capture a photo of all three celestial objects.

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Luna, the Red Planet, and the Gas Giant danced together in today’s morning sky.

I always shrink my pictures to a medium size. Therefore you really can’t see Mars in this photo. For a better photo view, you might like to check out my link on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38735737935/in/album-72157686994312444/

Flower Droplets

Today, I had to prepare my greenhouse for the light freeze, the next few nights. Day temperatures will be above freezing. But at night, it will be a whole other story. I made sure, the door and windows are closed properly and that the panels are clicked back in correctly. But before, I was checking on everything, I watered my plants. And I enjoyed, how the water pearled down on the flower petals. Now, I’m sharing a few photos of the flower droplets.