Month: December 2020

POTD: Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider
Bozeman, Montana
2020

I swear I can see guy wearing a cowboy hat in this horse’s shadow. Hopefully it’s the ghost of 2020 getting the heck out of Dodge. Don’t let the door hit you in the caboose on the way out! Happy New Year everyone!

POTD: Small Town Living

Small Town Living
Clyde Park, Montana
2020

I believe this shows the entirety of the Clyde Park government infrastructure. Note the restraint shown in the understated Christmas decorations.

POTD: Waiting for the Conjunction

Waiting for the Conjunction
Bozeman, Montana
2020

Some of the numerous folks who migrated to the ridge near our house to view the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the solstice last week. The bonus sunset was an unexpected treat.

POTD: Frozen Motion

Frozen Motion
Bozeman, Montana
2020

I don’t really understand the process by which air bubbles end up frozen in ice, but it always looks like they were in the process of rising to the surface of the water when they were suddenly flash-frozen in place.

POTD: The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect
Bozeman, Montana
2020

Our house in town sits 15 to 20 feet higher than our neighbor’s so we’re looking down on their backyard. That put us in a good position to view these sagging snow shapes sitting on top of the parallel cross beams on their pergola.

POTD: Celestial Abstract

Celestial Abstract
Bozeman, Montana
2020

This shot of a mobile hanging from our ceiling is dedicated to the historic conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn the other day, which as expected, we were not able to view because of clouds. When the furnace kicks in, the moving air spins the shapes in the mobile around the green ball in the center, further aiding the celestial feel it gives off.

Since it also contains festive colors including the traditional red and green colors of Christmas, it also serves to mark this holiday season. Hope you’re all staying safe and enjoying it in whatever way the pandemic allows you to.

Addendum: I wrote this post before the conjunction. It turns out that after days of overcast weather, the skies cleared just enough that evening that we were in fact able to view it. The next morning it was all overcast again. A solstice miracle!

POTD: Creation Myth #3

Creation Myth #3
Bozeman, Montana
2020

I’ve been fooling around with the ideas for this one for about a month and have been actively working on it on much of the last week, finishing it yesterday on a dreary, dark solstice. Or at least I think I’m finished with it. With these things you never know.

Addendum: I drafted this post early in the day yesterday when it was in fact dark and dreary. However, come sunset there was a break in the clouds in the west. Besides providing a lovely  sunset, a dark cloud in the southwest sitting over the top of Jupiter and Saturn moved away just in time to provide a very clear view of their conjunction. A very pleasant surprise given our overcast weather of late and a nice note to help help usher in the close of this troublesome year. (In spite of it being an historical event,the first time in some 800 years they have been visible when this close, I did not go out to photograph it, just to view it. I will enjoy photos posted on the internet by folks with much better equipment and better skills at astrophotography than I have.)