JL Campbell is kind enough to host me on her blog today, The Character Depot. I’m discussing the space opera and my favorite TV shows that inspired my love for the genre.
Very briefly, I was able to see the transit of Venus yesterday. Some of my astronomy buddies set up telescopes with sun filters (an accessory I do not yet have) on Pilot Butte, which is just a few blocks from my backyard. So, I hiked the mile up. There was a still a reasonable amount of blue among the clouds, although not warm. I had on a sweater, a fleece, my down vest, and was kind of sorry I didn’t bring gloves and a hat. Seriously. It was barely 50 degrees here yesterday.
I got up there, said hello, and got a quick peek through both of the telescopes when the clouds broke. It was really neat. Venus was much bigger than I expected it to be. That peek was all I was going to get. The clouds swarmed in, it started raining, and then … snow. It snowed on us. I swear this year the observatory season is just cursed.
Anyway, photo taken and provided by Bill Logan, a devoted observer of the sun. He’s often at the High Desert Museum or on Pilot Butte, sharing his hobby and his passion. And he sends us all emails on what the sun is up to.
|Photo taken by Bill Logan|
Here’s some photos from my hike …
Moody skies over Bend, OR, from the top of Pilot Butte.
Juniper berries. Juniper, cedar, and sage, that’s what this area grows very well. I must report that it smells just fantastic. Instant air freshener any time I open a window.
A sign of spring braving our crazy weather.
Now come visit me at Joy’s.