There Unseen

4:17 am in the falling rain. There’s a planetary alignment behind those clouds.

I looked to the west and saw Wile E. Coyote laughing at me.

4:45 am. I can see the moon, Mars and Jupiter.

The alignment if there were no mountains, trees or clouds.

Esatern sky at 4:51 am, 5:07 am, and 6:30 am.

A Shasta Daisy Galaxy

A bored Buddy in a meeting this morning.

Water like chocolate in the acequia madre.

80 thoughts on “There Unseen

  1. You might not have been able to fully capture the alignment, but you still got some fabulous pics!
    It’s finally stopped raining. Sheesh!

    • Sounds like you’re down at “soggy bottom!” I just irrigated and have another gopher hole caused Saltan Sea. Thanks, Dale.

  2. You have the best skyscapes! They have a lot of texture. Buddy looks like me when forced to endure “team-building” meetings at work. (I never did master the poker face.)

  3. “Shasta Daisy Galaxy” is the perfect title for that image. Buddy is becoming well known and beloved. The planetary alignment is awesome. How often does that happen?

    • Not very often. I can’t really complain because we really need the rain, but it’s been clear every morning for months. Thanks, Maj & Sher.

  4. Beautiful photos, Tim. Little Buddy is adorable, too.

    I am glad you are getting some rain, though I know it is not enough. Looks like we are coming out of rainy season up here now and into the annual time of drought. The ground is still saturated in many places, but that won’t last long.

  5. The alignment looks wonderful, so do your skies [painter in great mood!] …and the daisies and the …chocolate fondue! Sweet Buddy, it’s only a meeting… treats will follow I’m sure, as well as extra hugs! πŸ˜‰ Clouds may have covered part of the alignment but my imagination has gone wild with your gorgeous shots. I can see the planets trying to find their way through the clouds to pose for you! There they are!!!! πŸ˜‰

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed your galaxy bonanza here, Timothy, from the planets to the daisies. I find it especially amazing that you lined up the planets for us, thanks so much. Even with the rain you were able to show us the moon, Mars and Jupiter; and then I really loved your diagram filling in the rest.

    • Thanks, Jet. I’ve been looking forward to this alignment for months, so I was disappointed with the cloud cover. But we need all the rain we can get right now.

    • Buddy loves being in the meetings. He gets more attention when he acts bored. Thanks, David.

      • He got you guys pegged as pushovers. πŸ™‚

        In addition to WP behaving oddly, which isn’t new, there seems a lot odd across the web … sites not loading properly, mobile apps not working, etc. It has to be the planetary alignment.

      • It’s not just the Internet. There’s a lot of bad vibes buzzing around causing things to break down or go wonky.

  7. Buddy looks like I used to in most of my leader meetings – imagining what I could have accomplished with that time instead. When I first saw your daisy picture I thought it was fireflies!

    • Interesting. We were talking about fireflies the other day. We don’t have them out here. Them there daisies would be mighty big fireflies I would think? Fortunately, I don’t have to go to many meetings. I was cringing at Liz’s mentioning team-building meetings with popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners. Can you imagine? BTW our office manager calls me “Teem” because 90% of the calls she answers are from phone systems salesmen asking for “Teem!” Thanks, Brian.

      • Good god, I had to sit through 16 hours of team building a year or two before I retired that included building towers with spaghetti noodles and marshmallows – meanwhile our factories are experiencing production issues because their material planner was under-ordering …but the IT department made one hell of a tower. Didn’t know you do not have fireflies down there – they are much smaller, but when they are moving they look larger (especially the green ones). Right now they are out heavy and make the woods look like Christmas. There was a phone on my work desk, but I rarely ever picked it up the last 10 years – those that really needed me around the world could ping me directly whenever they wanted – the rest were just salesmen trying to waste our money.

      • I never saw a firefly until I was in DC many years ago. I don’t have a desk phone these days. When we moved from Downtown, I got a cloud phone system from a local company that’s a fraction of what we paid CenturyLink for crappy phone service. There is an app that separates the office phone from my personal phone. I can here much better using my cell phone. What’s cool about having the phone system on the cloud is the office manager is not tied to the front dest. She asked if she could go look at a Mercedes-Benz last week. I said sure, because she could answer any calls on her cell phone. She bought the car.

        “You do sixteen hours (of teambuilding)
        And what do you get?
        Behind on production and you hack like a cat.
        Marshmellows and spaghetti St Peter only knows
        Pressing them together you get a camel toe.”

      • Another staff member was looking at the car. It was at a Benz only garage one street over from our office. The staff member dragged me over to look at the car. We got the low down on the car and a tour of the garage. The place was spotless. If I had a choice between that garage or the hospital to have surgery, I’d pick the garage. It’s much cleaner than a hospital. The staff were talking about the car and the office manager got curious because she is really into cars. She said “Don’t tell me it’s Red!” I said “It’s red!” She said “Damn! Can I go look at it?” I said “Yes!”

        The car is a red SL 320 convertible with a removable hardtop. It had one owner before the garage bought it, it’s in perfect condition. It was priced right at $10K.

        But you are right about generally not a good time to buy a car. My Mazda MX-5 is currently valued at $32K, $10K more than I paid for it, and 3 times higher than the SL 320. The SL 320 had originally sold for $80K.

      • I can definitely relate to that, some of our factories were cleaner than a few of the hospitals I’ve had to “visit” recently. Sounds like an okay price on that SL – we picked up a new Jeep Wrangler to tow behind our RV a few months back and basically “smack, thank you may I have another” moment.

      • It’s good to have something to “wrangle” yourself around in after you park the RV.

      • Thanks, JYP. Do you have to do team-building meetings with weird things?

      • We have done weird team building exercises. Less building stuff with marshmallows (I think the last time I did that I was in middle school) and more vaguely athletic shit. Nothing awful, but kind of pointless

      • We don’t subject our staff to team-building exercises. We just tell them to be a team. That works pretty well believe it or not.

  8. North is the top of the pic? West is the left side. I see a laughing head. Over it I see a bull’s head.
    Nice skies, covered or not!

    • The first photo is loking east. The second is looking west. Wile E. Coyote is in the dark area almost dead center of to photo. All other sky shots are looking east. Thanks, Resa.

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