Fall shoved summer aside on Friday in Central Oregon. Only in the lower 70′s in town, it never broke out of the 60′s up at the summit of Pine Mountain. After sunset, it got colder. So much colder. Sweater, fleece, winter coat, mittens, winter hat, thermal socks … I need to invent knee warmers. It wasn’t quite cold enough for thermal underwear, I would have been sweating, but my knees get cold. I need knee muffs. I want knee muffs.
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I stopped to take some photos at the bottom. A lot of paragliders were enjoying the thermals off of one of the summits. [Pine mountain has several summits]
I don’t think I could jump off a mountain with a piece of fabric strapped to my back, but they’re fun to watch.
Sun setting over Millican Valley, Oregon.
Ran into this young buck on my way up to the summit.
When I hear twilight, I think of a darkening sky with stars and planets popping out, not vampires.
The line over the trees is the ISS passing over us. Enlarge this. It’s much nicer when you can see the Big Dipper, too.
UFOs. Not really. :D I forgot to take the filter off that protects the lens. If I don’t, the Moon makes these reflections. And that’s either the ISS or an airplane moving through the shot. The Moon is in Scorpius.
And my best Moon shot:
Saturday was warmer, but smokier.
It turned Saturn orange. Saturn is so low in the sky, we may get to view it briefly next week. But not much longer.
In tribute to Neil Armstrong, we looked up the location of the Apollo 11 landing on the computer, then we all looked at that region in the telescopes. Next weekend is blue moon, the 2nd full moon in the month.
And, oh wow, we have to say good-bye to Neil Armstrong. I confess the news of his passing made me cry. He is the whole reason I’m fascinated by space which led me to science fiction. When I saw him walk on the Moon when I was in first grade, it awed me. It was one of those moments in my life I’ll always remember, the pure wonder and amazement of it all. From that day on, I asked: What’s out there? Thank you for a life time of inspiration, Neil Armstrong. Happy journeys through the universes.