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The Lunar Eclipse of January 2019

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Tonight’s Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse (01-20-2019)

Brrr! It was chilly this evening. But we have a fantastic sight of the Full Wolf Super Blood Moon, tonight. In the following link I described, why we experience a Super Blood Moon:

https://underthepecantreephotography.com/2019/01/19/the-waxing-gibbous-moon-before-tomorrows-super-blood-moon/

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Kevin & Joshua

Joshua loves spending time with Kevin. While we were waiting for the grill to heat up, Joshua sat in the catio. When the meat was grilling, Joshua smelled the chicken. And he wanted to get out of the cat cage. Kevin picked him up and snuggled with him for a bit. Joshua enjoyed the attention from his Daddy, and rested in Kevin’s arms for a while. Life is good, with grilled chicken and enjoying the warm rays of the Sun in Kevin’s arms. I have to agree with Joshua. 😉

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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. Being perigee and apogee, the distance of these two Moon stages 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.

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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.