The Good, The Bad and the Frightened! FOXTROT TANGLE?

This week saw my neighbor’s fenced-in yard as a snowy overnight sanctuary for¬†a small herd of deer. ¬†

Status Quo! Content between walking around, relaxing and sleeping. 
One deer always remained outside the sanctuary, all night and morning, almost as a guard. They remained until early afternoon each day before hopping over the fence for their daily parade for food through the back-woods.
Yesterday, things were dramatically different! All the deer were gone, replaced by “Foxtrot Tangle!”

But was it the nearby Gray Squirrel who REALLY felt threatened?

First reaction: hide head in snow!
“Ohhhh! He still sees me!”
“I’ll just hide here on the other side of the tree!”

You can’t make this stuff up, folks. In time frame, this is exactly as it happened, except the deer images were taken one day prior. ¬†But on this actual day, the deer were there an hour before I noticed their¬†absence, replaced by the fox. The fox` and the squirrel (outside the fenced area,) ¬†were¬†photographed in quick succession actually looking towards each other, at a distance of about 25 yards.¬†

As usual, click on the images for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

“Great Scott!” er… SPOT – Jupiter Collides with EARTH!

I dreamed¬†that the Earth¬†was being threatened by Jupiter’s “Great Red Spot!”¬†

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No, that’s not really true, not even the dream part. ¬†BUT, the clouds above do look¬†a little like planet Jupiter’s atmosphere¬†with its¬†“Great ‘Red’ Spot,” just above and behind the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant here in New Jersey! Furthermore, the smokestack may be attempting to suck power out of the “spot,” as JCP&L¬†investigates¬†more sustainable energy sources; similar to my previous suggestion raised ¬†about New York’s Con Ed last year, ¬†here,¬†¬†

For reference, here is the real thing: (Stock photo from Wikipedia.)

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And below, my younger day’s attempt at “astrophotography.”
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Jupiter and its “Great Red Spot”¬†(8″ f/12 reflector, 75x; EXA 35 ¬†mm¬†SLR, 1/25th sec. Tri-X B&W film,) captured a long, long time ago in my parents back yard, way before digital imaging, and by today’s standards – pretty meager!¬†¬†

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Monster at Frogg Falls Railroad

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DSC_0548DSC_0654DSC_0643DSC_0550DSC_0660DSC_0637DSC_0675DSC_0620 - Version 2Located in NW New Jersey, Frogg Falls Railroad is the dream and inspiration of our lifelong friends, who have transformed a part of their property to a magical, fully functional garden railroad, complete with a wide assortment of “rolling stock,” ¬†handmade scale structures complemented by remarkable “to scale” living landscaping, ¬†and a Koi¬†and frog populated pond with¬†waterfalls.

Thomas the Train is worried at the sudden presence of Izzy the giant little dog! 

Happy Birthday, R! 

As usual, click on the images for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

A Few Favorite images

A few previously unpublished images from the archives – or – what to publish when you are¬†a.) too busy, or b.) at wit’s end (end of wits?) to create anything else!

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Sandy Paws guarding the remote – Northern N.J. 5/4/15
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Tyler guarding the goal, N.J. –¬†4/25/15
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Gull scrounging for food, Seaside Heights boardwalk, NJ – 5/23/15
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Grazing around at the Senior Equine Retirement Farm, near ATCO, NJ – 5/23/15
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Home for the birds and the buzzin’ bees, Jersey Shore – 5/19/15
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Clouds blowing by the moon on a windy night, Jersey Shore – 2/23/15
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West side of Hudson River, Tompkins Cove, NY – 5/29/15
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Optimism by the Hudson River, Tompkins Cove, N.Y. – 5/29/15

Thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

 

“A Dog and Her Bone” – Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Sands Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Proudly Presents:

A DOG and Her BONE

Starring the Canine Crooner

SANDY PAWS SCHULZE

Limited Engagement Only

In the World Famous Copa Room.

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“There’s a Moon Out Tonight” Make that FIVE! – Co-Starring Jupiter and The Four Moons

Some astronomy pastime tonight (March 21, 2016,) as Jupiter and the moon were pretty close together in the eastern sky about two hours after sunset.

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Above: The slightly over-exposed moon, and Jupiter just visible to the left. 400mm telephoto lens, ISO 4000, 1/1600 sec, f6.0, hand held

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Above:¬†In circle: A 200x close up of a slightly longer and slightly distorted exposure of Jupiter (to left,) showing three of four¬†“Jovian” moons tonight, with the fourth out of frame in the magnified insert.¬†

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Above: An accurate graphic representation of ¬†the positions of the four brighter moons of Jupiter at about the same time the images above were taken, orientated horizontally. By the time the night is over, the two closest to Jupiter will have passed in front of the planet. (Courtesy “Javascript Jupiter”.)

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Above: An image of Jupiter taken by a younger version of myself some years ago, using Extachrome Color film 35 mm SLR camera and the telescope below. 

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Above: 8″ newtonian reflector telescope

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā