Thursday October 16, 2014

Watching the sunrise

Category: 2014,Arty pics,Independence — Ian C. @ 8:53 pm

With the cooler, less humid, weather, my morning walk is offering spectacularly clear skies, star filled to begin with and then the color of a rising sun. Here’s a sequence of three pictures from this morning:

In this first picture, you can see a “shadow beam” across the sky, from a cloud below the horizon:
Sunrise over Independence

Now the sun is peeking above the horizon:
Sunrise over Independence

And higher still:
Sunrise over Independence

Sunday October 12, 2014

Margaret’s Magic Kingdom Birthday 2014

Category: 2014,DisneyWorld — Ian C. @ 11:29 am

Quite a tradition now that we spend Margaret’s birthday at Disney Magic Kingdom – and this year we had to go two days, because we couldn’t book the Crystal Palace character lunch, the first day …
Margaret heading for Magic Kingdom

It’s Halloween at Disney, too, with pumpkin themes everywhere, including some great pumpkin people (lots more in the Gallery):
Pumpkins at Magic Kingdom

Pumpkins at Magic Kingdom

We did various of our favorite rides including Ariel’s Under The Sea and Splash Mountain:
Magic Kingdom rides

Magic Kingdom rides

Returning the second day, for lunch with Winnie The Pooh and friends:
Lunch at Crystal Palace

Lunch at Crystal Palace

Lunch at Crystal Palace

Lunch at Crystal Palace

Margaret got a birthday cake and “signed” birthday card too:
Lunch at Crystal Palace

More pictures in the Gallery

Thursday October 9, 2014

Huge stick insects!

Category: 2014,Independence — Ian C. @ 6:23 pm

It turns out that the stick insect I saw a few months ago is not so impressive after all! We saw a huge (4″ long”) stick insect this week – actually two, since there’s a smaller one on the back of the bigger (male/female pair presumably).
And then today, I saw another pair, one the screen of our pool / patio!

Now for anyone bothered by insects, here first is a picture of our screened pool and patio; the stick insect is just to the left of the corner pillar but you can’t see it in this picture (it’s not that big!):
Our screened pool and patio
(more…)