Some of you might have gotten a flood of comment emails last night. Sorry about that. IT has not make sense of why it happened. In any case, thanks for bearing with us.

Well, I had been keeping up with celestial events lately. Especially since the eclipse is only 36 days away. What I have found out is that the sun is very active right now. And this high activity coincides with the eclipse on April 8th. Furthermore besides seeing the totality we may get to see prominences.

Our local star on Friday, i.e. the sun. The sun spots were visible including AR3590.

I had wanted to take a photo of AR3590 a few days before when I learned about it. But alas, it was cloudy. ;-( On Friday, I just barely got to see it as it had almost rotated out of view. In my photo it is barely visible under the label at the edge. This sun spot was huge coming in at 9 earths in size! Follow this link to see photos in full view.: Photos of AR3590, biggest sunspot of Solar Cycle 25 so far. FYI, the AR in the name means active region.

First of season Black Swallowtail!

With a light frost early Friday morning a bunch of our Mexican Plum flowers fell off unlike the petals that had fallen off individually in the wind the day before.
Looking from the backside through the opening you can see the stamens.

Look mom no petals!

Pink Verbena (Glandularia pumila) has awaken! This species has a smaller flowers than its larger cousin Prairie Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida).

Now my settings on the camera are ready for the big event on April 8th. And now just hope that the clouds cooperate. And remember to always use the proper solar eclipse glasses to look at the sun. Even for your camera!

And Happy World Wildlife Day!

We Finally Know How Giant Sea Spiders Come Into This World

Researchers discover a new plant species whose name tells a story

State Parks Day Pass Reservations for Eclipse Open March 8

NOVA’s Great American Eclipse will premier April 3, 2024 at 9 pm on PBS.

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. I’ve seen a few small butterflies in my yard last day out two. Lots of things here getting green. Love the sunspots.

  2. From fairy lanterns to sea spiders to sunspots – all so unique. That solar prominence is really amazing – the size in relationship to the earth is eye opening.

  3. How do you protect your camera lens? What happens if you don’t? I didn’t know about doing that and pointed my camera at the sun on a tripod. Does the sun damage the lenses?

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