pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: March 2013

28 March 2013

Worm moon

Full moon
Orange County, California
27 March 2013

Last night's really gorgeous moon was a bit of recompense for not being able to spot the comet earlier this month.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

26 March 2013

Why did the semi try to cross the road?

Orange County, California
25 March 2013

That was the question uppermost in everyone's mind. I never found out exactly what he was doing, but he did manage to block six lanes of traffic, both directions. Fortunately, the emergency vehicles departed seconds after they arrived, so except for law enforcement (we have three branches that do traffic things), they weren't needed. By the time I finished grocery shopping half an hour later, it had all been tidied away.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4.

17 March 2013

Enough said

Orange County, California
16 March 2013

Seen while driving down the street. Please note the jersey on the cyclist on the right and the Open House sign both read correctly.

I'm sorry. It was just...perfect.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4. Why yes! There is more than one USC! I do know which one this is, but I'll keep that to myself.

14 March 2013

At dusk

St. Martin's Cathedral
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
9 July 2012

When I set up last year's trip, I'd been given certain mandates by various family members, but some of where we ended up was predicated on practicality. We traveled back roads, narrow and winding, where a few miles could easily eat many hours. I'd been told and had heard from various quarters that Ypres was a must-see if for no other reason than its beauty. Because this was also a sojourn with certain emphasis on history, it was a must see anyway.

Ypres is not large and we'd walked through the main square, visiting the Menin Gate and watching the Last Post Ceremony, which is moving and heartbreaking and beautiful. Afterward, to lighten the mood, our guide bought us chips at a shop in the square, and we nibbled and laughed and talked.

Once I'd gotten the family safely back to the hotel, I took off again out into the streets. I was enchanted, absolutely bewitched by this beautiful place which had been bombed nearly flat almost 100 years before and then rebuilt, the main square reconstructed as close as possible to the original.

It was dusk, the light fading fast, but I hurried down narrow streets, returning the greetings of those I passed. There are places that I want to absorb through my skin, to breathe in and carry with me. I was surprised by the stillness, the seeming tranquility of modern-day Ypres, even while I contemplated its devastating past. I sat in the square, and watched the normalcy of people about their evening, talking, laughing, heading to a restaurant or home. Lights in shops were switched off and evening air grew chill.

Slowly, I walked back to the hotel, thoughtful, as the sky darkened to night.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

13 March 2013

Pelicans (not comets)

Taken from Inspiration Point
Corona del Mar, California
12 March 2013

Last night was supposed to be the best time to see 2013 Pan-STARRS in the Northern Hemisphere, so I plotted, and suggested that we go out to the beach and wait for sundown. I had camera, tripod, my telephoto lens. We found a great little pizza joint, and each had a slice before venturing out to our chosen bluff. We were greeted at said bluff by a wall of fog moving in off the ocean. I kept hoping against hope that it would dissipate, drop down over the water, go away but no joy.

Still, pelicans.

They didn't care about any comet.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. If you look at last night's photo(taken with my iPhone and sent to the blog via email), that clump of rocks below the bluff is where these guys were hanging out.

12 March 2013

Why there won't be any comet photos tonight

Fog bank off Corona del Mar
Orange County, California
12 March 2013