IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #599 – Looking for direction while waiting on the moon

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You know you have some patience problems when you feel the moon is late coming up. I knew by Thursday night’s moon, that Friday’s moonrise would be just perfect. So I scouted around looking for a locale for the perfect moonrise position. Failing finding the desired “Moonrise over Hernandez” locale, I settle for a weather vane in my backyard.

I have this program on my ipad that is supposed to show me exactly where and when the moon will cometh. Problem is, I have yet to comprehend the mysteries of Stonehenge or the coordination of the pyramids and the whole solar-lunar cycle, much less a computer app. I am little more than “one small step for man” behind prehistoric man. I read the program, study it, look at it and set up my camera accordingly for the absolute right local and time.  Only thing is, the program doesn’t take into the account of a large hill, almost a mountain that sits between me and the proposed moonrise.

So, I wait, watching, checking the program, all the while declaring “it’s late”. Pacing, silently cursing and totally bewildered why this program didn’t bother to inform me of the heavy cloud bank that sits another thousand feet above the mountain.

None the less, I have camera set on tripod knowing exactly where, if not when the moon will make it’s appearance. Finally, an hour late and many degrees to the north of my plan she gives me a peek through the clouds. A frantic few seconds of repositioning tripod, reframing the shot while tripping over 2 dogs and 3 cats who wonder what the heck I am doing out in their territory at this time of night.

Does NASA have these problems?

enjoy the view! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

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Sun goes down
and the moon come up
but it does not appear round

Shrouded in mystery
Heavy in clouds
Hidden in history

Stories untold
locked away
still locked in it’s hold

I watch from afar
not knowing my fate
and cast my wish on an un-fallen star.


Sometimes if feels parttly cloudy and very unfair on your journey†nada te turbe†jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #262


Well I bought into all the hoopla about the “super moon” that was a coming. Somehow, I knew if I sat on my porch and watched it, I would be a lesser man.

So despite it being a heavy overcast day, I loaded up the gear, the dogs, and my muse (to Shelia-she is my muse- not moose) and went off in search of the super moon.

I first drove south of Alpine to what’s called the “big hill”. There was a nice view point, but nothing to frame with or on, and the moon rise location was blocked by a cliff face. So, back in the car and we coast down big hill and head east of town to the “Y”. It is where US67 & US90 head different directions, but “Y” sounds so more flavorful.

We got there just as the sun dropped below the cloud-line an showed itself for just a few minutes. For 15-20 minutes we walked around in an “Arizona Highways” cover. We watched the sun drop below the horizon and illuminate our world red.

We sat and waited for the super moon, but it was shrouded in a grey cloak of clouds and did not burn it’s way through until 9:30. It was not that super, but the sun sure was.

Take what you are given on your journey††nada te turbe††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #88

The moon rose as the windmill squeaked it’s revolutions  in cadence with the wind. How it all travels in circles. The objects we see and marvel at that really do little do but reflect the light. I ponder for a moment that it is no wonder I feel that I travel in mostly circles. Most everything does. The great mystery is to discover how to shine and not merely reflect…….nada te turbe….jim.