Saturn met up with Jupiter tonight, in case you hadn’t heard about it on the news .
It was cloudy here, but only partly cloudy, so I decided I’d take a quick run out of town with my camera equipment, to see if I could get any photos.
I stepped outside and discovered I didn’t need to go anywhere—it was visible from my driveway. So I set up there, and snapped some photos of Jupiter + Saturn in between the clouds.
Jupiter and Saturn at conjunction Jupiter and Saturn at conjunction (unprocessed)
Jupiter and Saturn at conjunction
In the boxes, top-left to bottom-right, are Callisto, Io, and Europa. Ganymede is too close to Jupiter for my lens to separate it.
The half-moon looked lovely, too, so I got some of the sunshine reflected off it, too.
The Moon, with Earthshine visible The Moon The half-moon, with and without Earthshine visible
All the photos were taken with my
55– 250mm lens, at 250mm, f/ 5. 6, varying times and ISOs.
Tonight’s moon in a clear black sky.
Stepping out to check the mail, I noticed the frost on the porch windowpanes, so I grabbed my camera.
I think I like it better in colour, but it’s hard to decide.
Full size images:
Color | Black & white
50mm, 1/ 4000s, f/ 1. 8, ISO 100.
The Geminids peak tonight. I went out in the countryside for about half an hour. I saw a few meteors with the naked eye, and I managed to catch a few on camera. This is the brightest one, by far, a greenish streak just above the northeastern horizon.
View full size.
It was so cold my camera battery—fully charged when I left the house—lasted only
20 minutes. This particular shot was about 10 frames ( 2½ minutes) before the battery died.
Kathleen called at about
3 pm and said, “You should go outside and take some photos of the hoarfrost, since it looks cool right now”.
She was right.
My darling wife called me on her way to work this morning to say I should go out and take pictures of my car before the sun came out. I didn’t get the message till
3½ hours later, but fortunately the sky had been cloudy all morning and the nifty frost patterns she’d noticed were still there.
Pinks and oranges aplenty.
I had a little blue-grey friend come for a quick visit at lunchtime.
I’m no birdwatcher, but I
think he’s a white-breasted nuthatch. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
Update: Now with a rabbit!
Later on in the day, around coffeetime in the afternoon, I got to say “Hi” to
Hoss, who was resting in the back yard.
It’s been a while since I did a “writing goals” post, but this month I have a very concrete goal, so here goes:
1 st and 2 nd drafts of a short story for Derelicts; Route said story around for beta readers;
Polish said story; and
Submit said story.
(I keep calling it “said story” because I don’t have a title yet.)
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some writin’ to do.
Last week I bought flowers. They brightened my day, they brightened Kathleen’s day, and now I hope they can brighten yours too.