Friday, January 8, 2010

Around the feeder in the snow....

Red Cardinal how pretty you look...
next to a red candy cane

Carolina Wren, right at home on the festive
Christmas feeder.. What are you doin' here in Pennsylvania?

Mr. Red bird on a white sleigh..

Your eye sees me as I see you... what a beauty you are

The finches are the most social...conversing as they
eat sunflower seeds. "yep, they're calling for more snow
tonight...and the wind chill is near zero!"

Now, aren't you the cutest little Titmouse..

Must be the mate to Mr. Carolina Wren... Mrs. Wren

Chickadee, Chickadee how sweet are thee....
a picture perfect card I see

As winter winds up or down depending upon where you
are... I hope you are enjoying the birds as much
as I am. What a joy to look out the window
and see our feathered friends enjoying a treat.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter Moon ~ The Beauty of a Winter Night

I took these over New years when the moon was at it's brightest.
My grandson one night told me to go out and look...
I researched this a little and this is what I came up with.

An Optical Illusion.....
Unlike Saturn, which has actual, physical rings, the ring you
can sometimes see around the moon is merely an optical illusion.

It’s an effect of our own atmosphere that meteorologists call a “halo effect,”
because diffracted light rays create a halo around a bright object.
Can you see the 'rainbow ' in the halo
Moon halos are caused by tiny ice crystals that have gathered twenty
thousand feet above the ground, as thin, wispy clouds.

This means that in addition to the direct moonlight, you will also see
diffracted moonlight in a circle 22 degrees away from the moon.
This is about the distance of your fist, held at arm’s length.

Like a rainbow, this halo can even be slightly colored; red
on the inside, and blue on the outside.

Yes, it can mean that rain or snow is coming soon.
Those high, wispy clouds could be the forerunners of
storm clouds right behind them.

Since then we have had cold frigate weather and about
6 inches of snow.. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
moon prediction was right on!
Beautiful, & cold . . . winter at it's best.

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

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