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The Traveling Sun Spot

I viewed the sun at three different times today, and each time this glorious orb gave much to see. Following are pics from the second and third viewings (using my telescope, camera, and solar filter). Click the pictures to see the descriptions and all of the sun spots!Image

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Solar Sensations


If you want to see some other truly amazing sun photos, visit Andrew’s “Above the Clouds” blog at 🙂

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Solar Flares II


Another solar flare image captured using a solar filter on my telescope and my camera.

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Solar Flares

Solar Flares

Ever wonder what a solar flare looks like through the lens of a telescope? I captured this image using a solar filter and the telescope as my camera lens.

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Day 48 – Purple Elephants, Oh My!

“A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant:  first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.”  ~ Author Unknown

Today I painted a purple elephant with pink bows and ribbons for my niece’s 10th birthday party at “Painting with a Twist” here in Tallahassee, Florida. I think my sister-in-law and I had the best time of all during this we-show-you-how-to-paint-it step-by-step painting soiree. We all used the same pattern, the same paints, the same instructions. Yet each of us took home a one-of-a-kind artistic girl pink elephant. I named mine, “Tutu.”

We each have a unique, one-of-a-kind perspective! I loved seeing each of the girl’s interpretation of the pachyderm.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is below, do you know what it is? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 47)

Yesterday’s picture was inspired by the pattern I discovered while looking closely at this subject’s details. What’s funny is both my child and older niece guessed the item almost immediately, but my friends guesses – late into the night – were interesting. The subject was not a ruby, red jello (that’s what it looks like to me, too!), glass rose, a picture of a picture of something red, red napkin, red rose, plastic cube puzzle, or a red LEGO. The picture was of my car’s brake light.

Tutu the Purple Elephant


The newest member of our family, Tutu the purple elephant. 🙂

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Day 32 – Spark! Fizzle! I’ve Got Nothing for a Title!

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

Tonight’s post is short, kind of like me.
I picked up my camera, this is what I see. 
Light flickering shadows, brightness within. 
Can you tell what I am?

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 31)

Now that I’m fully immersed in this perspective project (32 days!), everything, and I mean everything, is scrutinized by my eyes, looking at every detail, and yesterday’s image was inspired by just an everyday, ordinary object in our craft clutter – an X-Acto knife.

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Day 31 – It’s Simply Magnetizing!

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein

Yesterday I attended my son’s fifth-grade class field trip to the Mag Lab (the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory) for a tour. Carlos Villa, Mag Lab employee extraordinaire, was our host; he started our exploration with an experiment using a mixture of magnesium sulfate, a magnet, and two pieces of copper, attached to a 9-volt battery. The copper changed colors, reacting with the magnesium sulfate. That much I understood. I thought, “if my science teachers had been like Carlos, I would have paid attention!” The rest of the tour was just as enlightening. Did you know that helium is not replaceable? Those balloons just float off into space with the helium, never to return again. Now my son feels guilty for releasing so many balloons.

I was enthralled by the ingenuity and pure genius of those Mag Lab employees. I learned about the “Bitter Plate,” which is a round plate (think doughnut), with lots of tiny holes all around that help to cool magnets. Then we were shown the “Florida plate,” developed right here in Tallahassee, Florida, at the Mag Lab. This plate is also round, but instead of holes, it contains slits, which helps to cool the magnet faster. These Florida plates were the subject of yesterday’s picture. The Mag Lab has used some of these plates (both the Bitter and Florida) as decorations throughout the facility. I was inspired by the patterns. How cool!

I’m far from a scientist, but I certainly can appreciate these geniuses applying their knowledge, curiosity, and experimentation. And I learned you can find the beauty in science. You just have to look!

Ready for today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture? I promise this one was not taken at the Mag Lab. 😉

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 30)

As explained above, yesterday’s photograph was inspired by my trip to the Mag Lab, and the patterns of the Florida Plates caught my attention. The picture was of the Florida Plates on a spool. I loved the Bitter Plates, too. Here’s a couple of different perspectives.

ImageThe top picture shows the Bitter Plate on the outside and the Florida Plate on the inside. Both are used to help cool magnets.Image

Many of these plates (both Bitter and Florida), such as the ones in the bottom image, are used as decorative pieces in the Mag Lab. Apparently I wasn’t the first one to notice their beauty.