This evening, I caught a quick glimpse of the last sunset of 2011…it wasn’t quite a scene like the one above, since it kind of went down above a row of cars and a garbage dumpster, but it was still nice. This sunset photo above was taken on an early April day, but the bare trees make it otherwise seem like it was in the dead of winter.
So as 2011 draws to a close, I hope you had a great year and are looking forward to what 2012 brings!
Grand Turk from Above
I cannot recall how tall our cruise ship was (although I believe about 11 stories), but while it was docked at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, I’m pretty sure it was the tallest structure on the island. As we departed the island for our next destination in a Bahamas cruise, we enjoyed some great views of the island and its bright blue surrounding waters.
Buttermilk Falls in the Adirondacks
The name “Buttermilk Falls” seems to be a quite popular name for waterfalls…I’ve been to three different ones in the NY/NJ area and know of at least two more that I haven’t visited yet. I don’t quite know what flowing buttermilk looks like, but I guess some waterfalls probably do look a little like frothy buttermilk. This Buttermilk Falls is located in the Adirondacks along the Raquette River near Long Lake. It is a pretty popular waterfall due to its proximity to a major road, but when Heather and I visited on a rainy autumn day, it was just us and the raging waters of the falls.
After posting a photo yesterday of arguably the second largest object in our solar system, I figured I would follow up with a photo of something much, much smaller. So here is a close-up shot of the stamen of an oxeye daisy that is still wet from the morning dew.
The Galilean Moons of Jupiter
This photo of mostly blackness was taken back in November and includes a few notable points of light. The big circle in the middle is our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter. At last count, Jupiter has 64 moons orbiting the planet, but only 4 of them, the Galilean moons, are large enough to be able to spot with binoculars or small telescope…or a good zoom lens attached to a camera! Right next to Jupiter on the photo above are 3 small circles, and these are 3 of the 4 Galilean moons that were first spotted by Galileo Galilei in 1610. From left to right, these are Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa (the 4th, Io, was passing in front of the planet at the time). You might notice that Ganymede is slightly larger than the others, and this is appropriate because it is the largest moon in the solar system and is actually larger than the planet Mercury.
I hope you enjoyed today’s astronomy lesson!
Snow-Draped Wheaton Mountian
Mid-morning in the Wheaton River valley during an early Yukon spring day like the one above was a delightful time of day to be out and about. The chilly nighttime temperatures warmed up quickly once the sun rose above the mountain ridges, and the beauty of the surroundings was heightened by the brilliant blue skies, blinding white snow, and deep green tree cover. We never had an opportunity to climb up to the top of Wheaton Mountain (although I did see some photos that our Yukon friends had taken from up top), but it sure did look great from below.
Merry Christmas from Two Tree Huggers!
From Heather and I, Merry Christmas to All!