Monday, January 22, 2007

The Fascination...

I don't know why I have such a fascination with sunrises & sunsets, or the sky, in general? Maybe because it is never exactly the same? Maybe because the colors are always incredible? Maybe because it's an easy pic to take, that usually doesn't require me to put on shoes, or change into something besides comfy pjs?

Anyway, I ran across these sunrise pics that I took way back in 2005. Yes, I take alot of
sunrise and sunset pics... definitely a fascination for me.

As always, click the pics to enlarge.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Ice Patterns At Morning & Midnite...

With all of these intensely cold nites, I've noticed that the ice patterns on my windows are pretty amazing...

These four pics were taken at different times during the course of the day.

The larger pics, at the top and bottom of this blog entry, were taken around 10am. The smaller, offset to the left pics, were taken a little bit after midnite.

Enjoy winter's quiet, hidden beauty... As always -- click on the pics to enlarge.

Monday, January 15, 2007

On Second Thought...

As some of you may remember, I wrote a 'Myths & Controversies Blog' last yr, where I laid out my thoughts on some of the great urban myths of our time...

... But, I think I need to re-examine my opinions on at least one of those urban myths: UFOs.

The pic above, as well as the .Gif 'movie' (below) composed of 15 still pics that I, myself, took between 4:52am & 5:12am on September 8, 2004, from my front porch -- are pics of an unidentified object that I witnessed. Another person, on the other side of town, saw it for over an hour, also. I can't say what it was, but I can say what it wasn't: it wasn't a star, or a plane, or a comet, or a weather balloon. It changed posit
ion in the sky -- forward, back, up, down. It was as brighter than the street lamp just across the street from me. And I watched it for over an hour before it disappeared.

Why do I bring this up now?

Yesterday, I was trying to find a phone number for a friend who I hadn't talked to in over a decade. I went thru my old phone bills to try to find the phone number (yes, I have all of my phone bills since 1991! This shouldn't surprise you, if you've read
this blog that I wrote last December).

Anyway, I came across alot of phone numbers to places that I have NO FREAKIN' idea who I knew who lived there!! We're talkin' absolutely NO recognition of the cities or numbers that were on my phone bills. No idea who I knew who lived there at the time.

Blank. Nada. Zip. Totally NO clue.

It was as if a 4 yr period of time from 1991 - 1995 was completely erased from my

... Suddenly, that "abducted by space aliens" theory started to look pretty good!

True story about the 'UFO' that I took pics of, and about the phone number search. I did find the number I was looking for -- it was a number I called in 1995 -- but it had been disconnected. Imagine that -- that person had moved in the past 11 yrs!.

BTW, this is my very first .GIF 'movie' that I've made. I made it using the website, Media Convert, to convert my UFO .jpeg pics to .gif images, and then to the .GIF movie, above. Click on the pic above this paragraph to view the .GIF movie of the unidentified object that I witnessed.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hearty Souls...

This isn't the easiest place on the planet to live... as I'm writing this blog, it is (-)8*F..
and with the wind chill, almost 20* below zero (F). Is it any wonder why I practically live under my electric blanket for almost 7 months out of the yr?

Yes, this place is not for wimps, or the faint of heart. And tho it does have it's own beauty about it, it does get very hard remembering why anyone would willingly choose to live here... and just when we are about to forget why... our very brief, but excellent summer rolls around... all 10 wks of it!

It takes more than a hearty soul to endure these cold winters, and the biting wind... it takes having roots soo deep that you couldn't cut them with an axe.

... And it takes a very, very good electric blanket.

Stay warm, wherever you are. As always, click the pics to enlarge.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Black Blog...

and I shall show you
a sorrow
so deep,
a pain
so vivid,

that you shall not
know it
until it is
to you.


(click on the lightning pic)
(click here, for a Metallica video that goes w this blog).