Fade to Pink

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America, October 13, 2014

This America rose has faded to a nice pink over the past two weeks. The large bud opened and has been well preserved as turned from salmon to pink, but the three buds accompanying the rose have shown very little growth or progress toward opening. Between the very cool nights and shortened days, I’m not sure there is enough warmth or light left in a day for them to fully open.

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America, October 18, 2014

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America, October 24, 2014

 

Kitty Art & A Partial Eclipse of the Sun

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Spunk got hold of a roll of paper towels and proceeded to create kitty art with it — a combination of performance art and “realtime” sculpture. Tristan called in the afternoon and asked if I was going to photograph the partial eclipse of the sun. I didn’t have neutral density filters with me, so I poked a pinhole in a business card and had Bruce focus the eclipse on a sheet of paper while I photographed it (last two photos). I used neutral density filters to photograph the full eclipse of the sun in May 2012 and the Transit of Venus in June 2012.

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Cucaracha Crunch Coffee — Blond

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Keeping up with coffee trends, I’m introducing Blond Cucaracha Crunch Coffee just in time for Halloween. Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile might recall that I discovered Cucaracha Crunch Coffee back in 2012 when a cockroach crawled into my coffee cup at the office. During this All Hollows season when people try to be gross and disgusting, what better way to gross out your friends, family and colleagues than with a big, bold, blond cup of Cucaracha Crunch Coffee — Blond?

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Fireworks

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On the evening of the last Saturday of the Balloon Fiesta, we walked out to the river and watched the fireworks show set off at the balloon field on the opposite bank of the Rio Grande. All the photos were taken using a Canon 1Ds with a 70-200mm L lens, zoomed to 200mm, ƒ/4, 1/60 sec at ISO 100, hand held.

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The End of the Cosmos

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One last cosmos was hanging on among the dried ends of cosmos stems and brown, hardened sunflower stalks. A green butterfly landed in the mulch to warm itself in the sun before flying off to forage for what little flowers remained. I was going to start pulling up the dead sunflowers, but the finches and sparrows were still feeding on them, so they will remain standing awhile longer.

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