Most people here are excited
about the mountains, animals and the stars. We were excited to see rain
Good nap weather.
Video taken with Doris' new phone. With no cell phone
coverage, we had to use it for something!
It had warmed up to 59˚
by 8:00am Thursday!
Site 23 - our usual site for astronomy. We saw
several nice Perseid meteors last night. We had long pants
and jackets on!!!
Hard at work gathering the
The back side of Indian Lodge.
It took three shots to get this all in.
We had to go up on Skyline Drive
or to town to get cell phone service. Indian Lodge is in
the background at the bottom of the ridge.
Christmas card production has
was clear enough to get the telescope out on August 15
and 16 .
Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, M16 (Eagle Nebula) and NGC7293
(Helix Nebula) were imaged. Jupiter and M-16 are
shown below; more astro images
can be found on the main astrophotography page.
Jupiter and three of its' moons
M-16, The Eagle Nebula
These Javelinas visited us
every night. There is also a mother and very small baby,
but they were not with the group when this shot was taken.
Before returning to Bandera, we
made a quick trip to the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
(near Ft. Davis) to pick up a few tee-shirts.
treated to a rare Clearwing Moth
feeding on the flowers near the front door. This moth is
about half the size of a hummingbird, but it flies and hovers
just like that little bird. When
clearwings are very fresh, their wings are still covered with
scales...like butterflies; but the scales quickly drop off,
leaving the "clear wings." My thanks to Cathryn
Hoyt, the director of the Institute, for identifying and
describing this find.
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