Saturday, February 14, 2015
I'm my own Valentine
Aurora on Ice
Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Vetter (Nuits sacrées)
This is a fisheye view of ice and sky photographed at Jokulsarlon Beach, southeast Iceland on February 1st.
The 22 degree lunar halo was created by ice crystals in high, thin clouds refracting the light from an almost full moon. The aurora was triggered by the earth's magnetosphere and wind from a coronal hole near the Sun's south pole. Jupiter is visible to the left, just beyond the lunar halo.
I want a glass paperweight exactly like this, it looks fantastic. Life has interrupted my vow to blog more regularly, like cleaning up still. I've finished 6 months of ironing but left the board up to press the seams of two new nightdresses. Bad move, staggered out in the dark to open the back door for the cat and kicked my little toenail completely off. I didn't notice the hanging off nail until I woke up two hours later but fortunately I was sleeping with my feet out of the covers and didn't bleed on the sheets. Later on I scratched my leg on the sharp handle of the washing basket and that bled everywhere.
Then there was the incident with the black spider crawling out of my dress on the bed. That's creepy not knowing if it was in the bed, in the dress I had just taken off or was just wandering around. It didn't help that the dress was mainly black and I just noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. It ran under the bed but I sprayed it on the run.
And last night, wow, last night. Thunderstorms don't bother me, I like watching the lightning but I swear it was right above my house last night. Three huge crashes that nearly gave me a heart attack, sent the Bear's eyes spinning and rattled the windows. Now I have lemons all over the backyard but I can't go out yet because the Lorikeets are in the apple tree for breakfast. I like the dumbness of a white cat the size of a polar bear hiding in bright green grass waiting for a bird to land near him. The Lorikeets just move higher up and spit apple at him.
I've filled two bags for collection and have started on a third but I so object to being told what I can and cannot fill the bags with. I'm very bad and fill black garbage bags and tie the collection bag around the top. If it was the charity the bags were going to I'm be more inclined to put in the good stuff but all of this goes to the big collecting companies and they are making a profit so let them sort through.
My $2 Emporium is closing. I can't believe it, 20 years I've been buying great stuff in there and they're going. Southland probably has put up the rent 200%. I must get back there next week and buy some good plain glasses for my painting and look for a good vase or two. Glass pebbles and aluminium pans and plastic bags for beads. I loved that shop. I hate change.