Archive for November, 2011

Christmas Cactus

I know that there are a lot of species with the “Christmas Cactus” nickname. We have several cholla on the property with that nickname but they look (and are) formidable as opposed to the flowers on this delicate succulent. I got this potted plant last week at the supermarket. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Fall Colors on the Hassayampa


I took this photo from the bridge over the Hassayampa River today on our way back from a shopping trip to Surprise, AZ. This is looking approximately north and parallel to the river bank. A month or two ago, all the vegetation would have been green but now some are turning to their fall colors. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Solar Radiation Storm and CME

These colorful solar animations are always very interesting to me. Click animation below to view full-sized version.


A radiation storm that began on Nov. 26th when a magnetic filament erupted on the sun is subsiding. Nevertheless, the Earth-effects are just beginning. The same explosion that caused the radiation storm also hurled a CME into space at about 930 km/s (2 million mph). According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will reach our planet on Nov. 28th at 17:21 UT (+/- 7 hours).


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Blog Holiday


Too much football, family and food to blog. Have a nice day! :)

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First Christmas Decorations

A little at a time, we’re going to decorate our little desert house for the Christmas Holiday. Today, I started out by trimming our little mailbox with poinsettia flowers. They are the plastic kind, but look very nice around the rim of the milk can that serves as an anchor for the post. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nobody can say Happy Thanksgiving better than Norman Rockwell . . .


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The Erosion of Liberty

On the big screen way back in 1966, Dean Martin played a secret agent, “Matt Helm,” whose main adversary was “The Big ‘O’.” Well, today, we have our own adversary - The Big ‘O’-bamacare. The erosion caused by this socialist and unconstitutional program is depicted quite well by this Ramirez cartoon.


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