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Comet NEOWISE C/2020 F3 Passing By Earth

comet neowise c-2020 f3 passing by earth
Comet NEOWISE on July 24, 2020 at around 11pm over the cottages

Comet NEOWISE was discovered only in March of this year using the Neowise space telescope.  Astronomers have determined its route brings it back to Earth in roughly 7,000 more years – really???  Here we are July 24, one day after it’s closest position to our planet, with a perfectly clear sky and no moon.  I’m outside at 10pm  scanning the sky with binoculars to find this comet and for the first half nothing…  I had read it will appear below the Big Dipper and still nothing.  More time passes and now its really dark and then BAM!! There it is and I can see it with the naked eye and with the binoculars…  holy smoke that’s cool!

Canadian Forces Snowbirds #OperationInspiration Cross Canada Tour

canadian forces snowbirds #operationinspiration cross canada tour
Royal Canadian Air Force’s @CFSnowbirds performing a mother’s day fly-by over Oakville-Trafalgar hospital.

Our much loved @CFSnowbirds performing a fly-by over Oakville-Trafalgar hospital this afternoon at 1:07pm as part of #operationinspiration.  A cross Canada tour to lift our spirits as we wait out the worst of COVID-19, while paying tribute to all front line employees who are working right now.  It absolutely is motivating to watch the squadron approach and do a loop around the hospital with wings tipped.  We got this!

Willemstad, Capital Of Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean Island

willemstad capital of curacao dutch caribbean island
What’s there not to like about colorful buildings lined up at attention? Arguably the photo is a little cliche in that you will find multiple similar images if you google Willemstad Curacao. The buildings in traditional Dutch style line what I will call the touristy area with all the stuff to buy from major brands that you could actually get back at home. Now please walk beyond that and look for the places to dine for they are all local, unique, and delightful. The food is simply delicious! Favorite on the island was Shelterrock (tried Lionfish for first time), plus a direct from the ocean to your plate fish lunch at Purunchi Koredor (look it up on Tripadvisor… this place has soul!).

Day break over 16 Mile Creek

daybrake sunrise 16 mile creek oakville canada
We are a few minutes after 8am on Saturday October 26, standing on the Dundas street overpass looking south down 16 Mile Creek. The sun came over the trees about 15 minutes ago, slowly bringing light and life as the birds got going. Mist from the creek rose and a sun haze stretched out across the tree canopy.

Sharp-shinned Hawk on its Migration over Hawk Cliff, Lake Erie

sharp-shinned hawk sharpie hawk cliff migration
Had my initiation into the world of hawks and falcons a few weeks back when visiting Hawk Cliff on the north shores of Lake Erie to watch the migration. This is a Sharp-shinned Hawk, distinct for its three white stripes on the tail, plus stripe bands on the underside of the wings. Was fortunate to grab pictures of Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Bald Eagles, and an American Kestrel. And the one I missed while fumbling with the camera… a Northern Harrier.

End-of-day blood orange sun

fireball sunset sun
Yes this is real 🙂 We watched from the back deck of the house. Not often the sun burns blood orange while the sky stays deep blue.  Great way to end the day!

Work hard; play hard… This is what playing hard sometimes looks like…

sunset echo lake baysville muskoka weekend
It was really this good! Calm, warm evening to watch the sun set from the kayak.

Sunrise Over Mount Tanner and Mount Cochrane, Monashee Mountains, B.C.

monashee mountains mount tanner mount cochrane bc
This is sunrise over Mount Tanner and Mount Cochrane, Monashee Mountains, B.C. week of March 10 while skiing at Big White with the family. Yes the skiing was just as good as this view!

Can you guess the type of bird?

silhouette of male cardinal on branch
Going back to summer 2016 for this image of a male cardinal silhouetted against the sky.

Haunted Halloween Harvest Moon

haunted halloween harvest moon
Just in time for Halloween, I share the Haunted Halloween Harvest Moon for your spooky pleasure! Sure feels like ghosts and goblins are flying through the night. What we really have here is the Thanksgiving full moon passing behind leaves dangling from a tree around 11pm at night. Boo!!!