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Big trip, day 4

Today was mostly cold and windy; not much happened outdoors. I helped prepare the boat for better weather later in the week, cut grass, and shore-fished. The photos below are from a late-afternoon ride around the neighborhood.

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Big trip, day 3

Today was mostly spent getting groceries and fixing a broken garage door. At the end of the day we managed to squeeze in a few minutes of fishing, but the only thing biting were the mosquitoes.

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Big trip, day 2

June 28, 2015; day 2. My first full day in Florence, Wisconsin.

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Big trip, day 1

June 27, 2015: day 1. I spent the first half in Seattle, after spending the night with friends who graciously put me up. The last half of this day was spent traveling to my next destination.

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Sunspots!

Forest fires near Fairbanks have filled the Tanana Valley with smoke. Check out my previous post for a photo. My camera lens isn’t good enough to capture what I really saw: a big deep red ball, that kind of looks like Jupiter. It didn’t hurt my eyes at all to look directly at it, so I did.

That’s when I saw them. Two tiny dark spots, on the right half of the sun, straddling the horizontal line cutting the sun in half. One was distinctly smaller, and to the lower right of the bigger one. I watched them long enough to judge that they were persistent, and not birds, aircraft, or smoke clouds. I grabbed a pen and paper and produced this:

What I saw, as I saw it.
What I saw, as I saw it.

Then I sought out solar imagery from NASA, and found this:

What  NASA saw.
What NASA saw.

The rotation is due to my point of view vs. that of the Solar Dynamics Observatory in space. And so, around 22:28 AKDT on 22 June 2015, I saw sunspots with the naked eye for the first time in my life.

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Martian skies

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Nice Martian skies in Fairbanks. This effect is from smoke; there are forest fires relatively close by. Note the distortion in the building in the foreground. That building doesn’t have sloped walls in real life.
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Fairbanks urban photography

On Saturday I decided to take both a little walk and some street photos in the Fairbanks area. I ended up walking 14 miles. Even for “urban” photos, there were still plenty of nice landscapes near the walking trails through town, so of course I couldn’t pass those up.

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The 6th roll

Only four photos here. I’ve now developed enough film rolls to make them unexceptional. In future posts, film photos and digitals will be mixed under some more specific post.

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The 5th roll

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The 4th roll