At The End of August

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Camphorweed (Pluchea odorata)

Now that we are getting to the end of August, Summer comes to an end as well. Tomorrow begins the meteorological Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. My favorite season of the year will arrive soon. Even when it takes another six to eight weeks before Autumn shows the first signs here in North Texas, I’m so ready to celebrate the colorful and cooler season with apples, pumpkins, tea, candles and Harvest/Halloween decor. The tent will come back out for camping weekends. Gardening will be so much more fun, when it is not so warm anymore. And we can take the dogs out for a walk and in the doggy park more often, again. Oh, do I love Autumn!

Moon, Planets & Constellations In August 2019

Last night, while I’ve waited for Katelynn to come home from Band Camp, I spent some time outside in the frontyard. Right now, the Moon is at its waxing crescent stage, while Jupiter and Saturn are bright in the sky next to the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. Unfortunately, due the high light pollution in the suburbs of Dallas, my camera can’t catch all the stars of Sagittarius. But it still shows a good portion of it, “The Teapot” & “The Teaspoon”. When you have a clear sky, go and take a look tonight. Scorpius and Jupiter can be seen towards south, while Sagittarius or “The Teapot/Teaspoon” and Saturn can be seen southeast. On the photos, I’ve mapped it out for anyone, who is interested to take closer look in the Celestial Sphere. Enjoy stargazing this August! 🌙🔭📡

Winter Solstice/Yuletide

In the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the return of the Sun, today. It will be the shortest day and the longest night, before the days will be come longer, also known as the Winter Solstice or the Pagan Yuletide. The Southern Hemisphere celebrates Mid-Summer/Summer Solstice, today. It’s the longest day, and the shortest night of the year. So wherever is your home on this beautiful planet, Happy Solstice to you all!

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Winter in North Texas

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Blessed Yuletide!

Stars & Constellation In August

Since the sky is clear, I used the opportunity for doing some stargazing tonight. I’ve got a couple good shots of the Big Dipper (in Ursa Major), the Little Dipper/Ursa Minor, the Spoon & Tea Pot (in Sagittarius) and Scorpio.