The week ended much better than it began. We were very luck to have so little damage from Hurricane Irma. Many in Florida are still feels her effects. Click on the image of Buck Lake for a larger view.
Hurricane Irma has passed. We were very fortunate not to have sustained any major damage, not everyone in Florida and the Caribbean were so lucky. Irma was only a category 2 storm when it reached us, with sustained winds of around 80 mph. While there may not be much obvious damage, the storm makes significant impact to the environment. Compare the tree in front of our house today with its condition just before Irma arrived yesterday. Notice the loss of foliage in the canopy. Click on the image for a larger view.
Naomi and I are waiting for Hurricane Irma. The hurricane force winds are expected to arrive within the hour and last for the next twenty four. We have had tornado warnings for most of the day. We are expect to lose power. The weather has certainly been exciting since arriving in Florida. We wish everyone well as this storm passes. Click on the image for a larger view.
The method of photographing lightning by opening the shutter over a period of time allows for images over time to be recorded. Each strike causes an exposure of the landscape to be captured, showing both the passing forest and open pasture. Passing a moving car records the red tail lights across the bottom of the picture. The reflections of our car’s dashboard are reflected in the window. Click on the image for a larger view.
For most of their species, Sandhill Cranes are migratory, heading north in the summer and returning in the winter. Central Florida has a population of non-migratory cranes. These large birds mate for life and can live for over thirty years. They can also become used to humans, although their confidence should not be confused with being harmless or domesticated: they are a wild animal and will protect themselves if felt threatened. Click on the image for a larger view.
With unpacking and setting up our new home, Naomi and I have had little time to explore. The other day we took a break from this routine and drove along the Atlantic coast of Florida between Melbourne and Cocoa. While the day did not live up to Florida’s motto of the “Sunshine State,” none the less it was a beautiful day. I suspect the weather kept the beaches empty. Click on the image for a larger view.
Florida experienced a partial eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017. It is possible to view an eclipse by looking up with special glasses to protect your eyes. You can also look down to see the image of the sun projected through the leaves of a tree. The overlapping leaves and branches create tiny gaps that project an image of the sun on a sidewalk, much in the same way a pinhole camera creates an image. Normally, these images are round—the unobscured disk of the sun. But during an eclipse, a crescent caused by the moon covering the sun is projected. Continue reading
Naomi and I have had a great adventure in Maine for the last ten years. Much of what we have done and experienced can be seen in this blog. But Hakusan Creation and our adventures are not ending. We are moving on to new places and projects. Please come back to see what we are doing. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to lie on my back and watch the sky change. The soft, warm grass adds its scent to the experience. A passerby might conclude that I am doing nothing. But I am a witness to the eternal now, marking the change in the world. Click on the image for a larger view.
Our Red Haven peaches are doing well in spite of the fact we did not spray them this year. The fruit is not large, but these small tress produce an abundant crop. Click on the image for a larger view.
Marshall Point lighthouse and Gunning Rocks off the coast in the Gulf of Maine. Click on the image for a larger view.
We have a line our young beach and birch trees that are pioneering our field. When we first moved to Maine, our field had been kept cut. We stopped that practice. One benefit was the blackberry briers that sprouted. The other was to watch the forest reclaim the land. This image was taken in the near infrared, which gives the foliage its radiant appearance. Click on the image for a larger view.