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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 -- Fort Collins, CO There were some thin clouds over Fort Collins this morning...
Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 -- Fort Collins, CO
There were some thin clouds over Fort Collins this morning that softened all the details quite a bit, so this was the best I could do. It was hellishly cold (an oxymoron, I know) due to a stiff wind where I was stationed at about 5,000 feet in the foothills, so I didn't linger long after getting a few shots. At full eclipse, it was actually difficult to see any of the moon with the naked eye, but maybe that was due to the clouds, too.

At any rate, an eclipse of any sort is always very cool. :-)

#SuperBlueBloodMoon
Hoppy New Year -- Fort Collins, Colorado A tiny green grasshopper nymph poised for a jump on a thin ...
Hoppy New Year -- Fort Collins, Colorado
A tiny green grasshopper nymph poised for a jump on a thin blade of grass in my side yard last summer... These little guys look like characters in a Disney or Pixar movie, and give me a smile each time I play hide and seek with them trying to get a shot or two. It's good exercise for the autofocus on my macro lens... :-)
Super Full Cold Moon -- Fort Collins, Colorado Taken from my backyard around 7:30 p.m. Mountain (MST...
Super Full Cold Moon -- Fort Collins, Colorado
Taken from my backyard around 7:30 p.m. Mountain (MST) tonight, this is the last super moon of 2017. It's also known as the "Full Cold Moon".

A supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye. The term "supermoon" has only been used in the past 40 years, but it received a slew of attention in late 2016 when three supermoons occurred in a row. The supermoon of November 2016 was also the closest supermoon in 69 years, although a closer supermoon will rise in the 2030s. Also, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the name of the full moon in December is "Full Cold Moon," and given the weather in December (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), that's not a surprise. :)

Some information courtesy of Space.com
Every Living Creature Responds To Light -- Fort Collins, Colorado "When the sun rises over the horizon...
Every Living Creature Responds To Light -- Fort Collins, Colorado

"When the sun rises over the horizon,
the butterfly emerges to dance in its brilliant light.
It flickers its colorful wings with euphoria,
To celebrate all the beauty found
in the majestic garden of life.

When the moon arrives in the darkness,
The moth appears at the disappearance of sunlight.
It flickers its pale wings as it shakes from its deep slumber,
To go search for food
To carry it through the night.

The moth prefers the moon and detests the sun,
while the butterfly loves the sun and hides from the moon.
Every living creature responds to light,
But depending on the amount of light you have inside,
Determines which lamp in the sky
Your heart will swoon."

― Suzy Kassem, The Moth and the Butterfly

A green-eyed Corn Earworm moth ( Helicoverpa zea ) sips nectar from a small red flower in the late afternoon...
Like An Old Dream -- Bingham, Illinois "I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering...
Like An Old Dream -- Bingham, Illinois
"I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling."
—Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

A tiny duo of mushrooms on the side of a fallen tree in southern Illinois...

#FungusFriday
Constellations In The Grass -- Fort Collins, Colorado "Call Thy stars from out their several boxes, ...
Constellations In The Grass -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Call Thy stars from out their several boxes, take
Thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make
Thyself a constellation of them all."
-- John Donne, English Poet

A tiny Common Mesh Weaver spider ( Dictyna arundinacea ) crouches above her dewdrop-bedazzled web on a cool, misty morning in northern Colorado...
Somewhere Between Twilight And Dreaming -- Fort Collins, Colorado "Carry the spirit of a child. Just...
Somewhere Between Twilight And Dreaming -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Carry the spirit of a child. Just keep getting really excited about things and see the world as massive and unending in inspiration, color, and dreams, and spread those sparks around so everyone is on fire too because wonder is a contagious burning thing that fuels adulthood like the slingshot of a arrow."
~Victoria Erickson

A large bloom of Veitch's Blue ( Echinops ritro ) at sunset in the CSU Annual Trial garden in Fort Collins...
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