The tulips I put up a few days ago have completely opened. I took advantage of the light coming in through the front bedroom window to capture this image of the inside of the flower with natural sunlight lighting up the base of the flower. Very pretty colors. Click on the image to enlarge.
This slideshow is of our visit to the Wickenburg Dog Park today. Cabela and Bay Bay always have a lot of fun when we go. The Mama and the Daddy also get a little exercise chasing these two around the park for three laps or so. Click on the slideshow above to advance through the seven images.
Last week, I bought a potted tulip plant at the garden concession in the supermarket. This week, the tulips are out and they’re a beautiful orange color. It just so happens that my amaryllis flowers opened and they are orange too! Click on the image to enlarge.
I had the new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR camera with me today when I took the bird seed bell up on the hill. On the way across the wash coming back to the house, I paused to snap an image pair of a large cholla cactus which I combined into the 3D image above.
Cabela and Bay Bay anxiously wait at the backdoor screen while the Mama is out back throwing veggie scraps in the wash for the local critters. They would like for the Mama to give them the scraps, but there were too many of them for a couple of eighteen pounders.
Regardless, they paid close attention while the Mama did the distribution for the wild critters. Click on the image to enlarge.
Sunspot 2259 is resolved in this image I took of the solar disk today. I used the new Canon SL1 camera with a modified Rainbow Symphony Solar Filter to get this shot. I used settings of 1/1250 second exposure, F8 aperture and ISO 3200 film speed. I use the fast shutter speed and fast film settings to minimize the jitter or motion that may result from shooting with a hand held camera without a tripod.
No longer needing the old SX40 camera, I sent it to our granddaughter so she could get some pix of our great grandson as he grows up. Thus, I lost the platform for taking solar pix and had to learn the settings for the new camera.
The sunspot is not particularly large, nor is it as awesome as a solar eclipse, but it shows that I can resolve surface features with the new camera. We look forward to seeing the great solar eclipse of August 2017 in Wyoming with the new rig. Click on the image to enlarge.
With the sunset in the opposite direction, I managed to get this nice shot of our big saguaro and ocotillo cacti with the evening colors in the cloudscape behind. The weather started out rainy today, but eventually cleared to scattered cumulus and a few showers over the mountains. The forecast is for nice days and mild temperatures over the next few days and the weekend. Regardless, Ham and Pea Soup comfort food is in the crockpot. Click on the image to enlarge.