A Great Cosmic Clock – Perseid Meteor Shower

 

The Perseid meteor shower occurs around August 12th every year.          EVERY YEAR.

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Above, a so so “capture” from the NJ Pinelands of a Perseid meteor last year  (8/13/15 – 18mm ISO 4000, 15″, f/4, enlarged)

 This morning, while watching for and seeing a few impressive Perseid meteors, I tried thinking of the first time I ever saw a meteor. My memory brought me back to a family vacation in Barnegat Light, New Jersey – a rental property near the beach with a flat roof accessible by outside stairs.  Years later, while scanning old B&W pictures, I failed to establish an accurate date for that particulal week, but at 4:30 AM this morning, out there in the night,  I recalled as a young boy being “scared” at the frequent fast moving streaks in the dark sky during that vacation. Dad was introducing my brother and me to ‘meteors.’ 

I pondered that memory and  the timely annual recurrence of meteor showers… and  realized (as an aside,) that I finally had an accurate date frame for that early Jersey Shore vacation! All in all pretty insignificant, but…how neat!

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Above, Dad on the roof –  town of Barnegat Light, NJ.

Below, my older brother and me on the beach, with Barnegat Lighthouse beyond.

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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! 

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Osprey: Time to Fly – Today, July 29th, 2016

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Its time to fly.  Mom and Dad conceive, raise the young and teach!

Above,  Mom (left) sternly begins coaxing the kid to leave the nest, and fly. It happens every year. The mother will fly around the nest, carrying a fish in its claws, sometimes for days at a time, until the young one finally gets the idea – to eat, you must fly! The wordless lesson is priority one.

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Meanwhile, Dad waits patiently a few hundred yards way. 

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Moonlight Bay – Landscape Sailboat on Water’s Edge

 

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Last week – a near full moon reflects its soft light off Barnegat Bay.

The Jersey Shore

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Power, Cable, Antenna, Lighting, Disconnect, and Sunset

 

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Just a July Snippit, or – I wonder who snipprd it? 

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Heading Out for a Day’s Catch – Early Morning Photography

From a Sea Doo’s perspective at 6:15 AM today, Barnegat Inlet, NJ DSC_0585

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Gulls, Sailboats and Sunsets – The Jersey Shore

 July 11, 2016, Monday Evening on Barnegat Bay

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