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Finally, some eclipse photos I took in Brasstown, North Carolina (LOTS of photos!)

Only a month after the fact....

We had to recover from a disastrous end of our vacation (do not EVER stay at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville North Carolina!), lots of health checkups, and some very bad health news.

For the eclipse we met family at the John C. Campbell Folk School, had a picnic lunch and a great time watching the eclipse.

Just before the total eclipse - light through open leaves:

Partial eclipse taken with eclipse glasses held over the camera lens:

(I did not have the budget to buy a filter for my old DSLR and can't put one on the FujiFilm FinePix S9900W I'm currently using.)

Almost totality!

Totality (hand held, taken with my husband's older Fujifilm FinePix S4500)

My husband hiked to the top of a hill and took photos from there with my camera. He caught the shadow of the moon on the clouds:

I caught the diamond ring effect!

We'd also set up a video camera to catch the changes in light. It should have been set up on the hill where my husband was, but the last eight minutes of the hour and a half did come out kind of cool. I compressed it to thirty seconds and added music:
(At bottom right is icon to enlarge to full screen.)

Oh - at the very end of the video you seen a glimpse of someone dashing past. A couple had walked past before the eclipse with their cat on a leash. At totality, the cat freaked out and got away from them. The person dashing past is the husband chasing the cat. The cat's leash got caught on a tree and he was rescued, safe with no injuries.

Canoe Found After Hurricane Irma Eyed As Piece Of Florida History

Canoe Found After Hurricane Irma Eyed As Piece Of Florida History
The dugout canoe is believed to have surfaced from the bottom of the Indian River, along Florida’s east coast.
By Nina Golgowski

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction in its wake, but it may have also unearthed a piece of history.

A wooden canoe that scientists say could be hundreds of years old has reportedly emerged from the bottom of the Indian River along Florida’s eastern coast following last week’s powerful storm, leading some to speculate that it could have once belonged to Native Americans.

Local Cocoa photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop said he was riding his bike along the river earlier this week when he came across the unusual piece of wood washed up near the shore.

“As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it was,” he told ABC News.


It is not ancient since the construction used cut nails but those date it at least a hundred years old. If you follow the link to the Facebook account of the Florida Division of Historical Resources one of the comments mentions a collection about dugout canoes which is available for museums to rent. The link to the information about that collection includes some photos and information.

Monarch Butterfly Good News

St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges

A little monarch news and predictions: Monarch Population Status - by Chip Taylor
To make projections for each fall migration and overwintering population, I start with the numbers of monarchs measured at the overwintering sites in Mexico. Next, I focus on overwintering mortality, followed by the spring conditions that prevail as monarchs move northward from the overwintering sites to the milkweed areas in south and central Texas, and then the conditions in the South Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas) during the growth of the first generation in March and April. That is followed by attention to the conditions during the period from 1 May-9 June that allow (or don’t allow) first-generation monarchs to reach the northern breeding grounds. Summer temperatures along with the seasonal distribution and amounts of rainfall are also in focus when estimating the fall and winter numbers.

The above provides the context for a number of hypotheses or projections concerning the coming migration and the opportunities to tag monarchs this fall. First, this should be a GREAT tagging season. It will certainly be as good as the 2015 season and probably better. The overwintering numbers should match or exceed the 4.01-hectare population measured in the winter of 2015-2016 (see Monarch Population Status from February). Further, several fall monitoring sites (Peninsula Point, MI; Long Point, ONT and Cape May, NJ) are all likely to record much higher numbers of monarchs than in recent years. Specifically, the migration through Cape May has the potential to be stronger than any migration since 2012. While the numbers at Cape May will probably not be as high as 2012, they are likely to rank within the top ten seasonal averages in the 25 years of that program. Fall monarchs should be abundant in the Upper Midwest from the eastern Dakotas east to Wisconsin and Illinois with good numbers present from Michigan through Ohio as well. Production of monarchs should also be higher than it has been for many years for all of the Northeast from New York and Pennsylvania through Maine. The Mid-Atlantic region hasn’t been heard from in recent months, but the flow south and southwest through that region by monarchs originating further north should present some good opportunities for tagging in that region as well. Taggers located south of the northern breeding areas, particularly those located in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, should also have a greater opportunity to tag monarchs than in recent years.

In sum, this looks to be a good year for monarchs – with a stronger migration in most regions and a good prospect that the overwintering population will increase from the 2.91 hectares of last year to 4 hectares or better this coming winter.

For a more detailed discussion of the current monarch population status please visit http://monarchwatch.org/blog/

To determine the timing and anticipated peak of the monarch migration in your area please see our “Peak Migration Dates” page at http://monarchwatch.org/tagmig/peak.html


MSNBC showing water GONE from Tampa Bay! UPDATE

No link - live just now. Tampa Bay is EMPTY of water. Winds from the east may have pushed it out along with the storm pulling water into the center.


UPDATE - my sister who has lived in the Tampa area since the 1960s says that is normal low tide, nothing to see here.

Baldwin County, Alabama opens shelter for Florida evacuees

Sharing from Bunky Jones post! (Facebook)
All FL people evacuating to the panhandle who can't find or afford a hotel or can't find one, Baldwin county(near the Florida/Alabama line) just approved to open up a 44000 sq ft building (address is 19477 Fairground Rd, Robertsdale AL 36547. ( 251)947-3247. It has kitchens, bathrooms and will hold 2000 people comfortably and up to 5000 if needed. They also have outside shelters made for pets etc ..they are setting things up no will be open tomorrow for those in need of shelter! PLEASE copy, paste and share.

Imagine - re-imagined

Four jokes

A conversation with God about Trump.

John (while writing Revelations): "So Lord, the end will be signalled by trumpets?"

God: "No... I said Trump/Pence."

John: Yeah, trumpets.

God: "Never mind. They'll know."

Trump: The less immigrants that come in, the better

Pence: The fewer

Trump: I told you not to call me that yet

A Mexican kid meets Donald Trump and says to him, “I want to be President one day.” Trump says, “Are you stupid? Are you an idiot? Out of your mind?”

The kid replies, “You know what, I’ve changed my mind. Those are too many requirements.”

Bush, Obama and Trump go to a job interview with God...

God asks Bush: "What do you believe in?" Bush answers: "I believe in the free market, and the strong American nation!" "Very well", says God. "Come sit to my right."

Next, God asks Obama: "What do you believe in?" Obama answers: "I believe in the power of democracy, and equal rights for all." "Good", says God. "You shall sit to my left."

Finally, God asks Trump: "What do you believe in?" Trump answers: "I believe you're sitting in my chair."

Corpse Flower in bloom NOW at US Botanical Garden - Live Stream

Started streaming on Aug 20, 2017

Three corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) plants, also known as the stinky plant or titan arum, are on display at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, DC. Once fully open, each corpse flower bloom may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then collapse quickly. Learn more at www.USBG.gov/CorpseFlower

Monumentally bad timing

One of my family's long term brick walls is John Tucker. He was born in South Carolina in 1798 - which we know because of his responses to US census questions and an inscription on his tombstone. He appears in Bibb County, Alabama in 1830 when he purchased land there and by 1834 he was in Perry County, Alabama, where he stayed for the rest of his life.

We've never been able to find out exactly where in South Carolina he was from. On various census he listed that his father was born in Maryland and his mother in Virginia - this has not helped locate him at all.

With the advent of DNA and an active project on Tucker Family DNA, I'd been hoping that one of my male Tucker cousins would allow themselves to test for Y-DNA to see if that would provide some clues. Two of my cousins visited my Mom last month and my sister talked the older one into being tested. She was notified last week that the results were in.

Yesterday she gave me access to the account that held the tests and we looked at the results as to where it showed our ancestors to have lived. Then I tried to upload a GED file so that the family tree could be compared along with the DNA to other people on the FamilyTreeDNA.com site. It has failed numerous times.

This morning I called their customer support - no one there. The center is in Houston. I just hope all their people are safe - and that their servers are not also located in Houston.

I guess our brick wall that has been waiting for over two hundred years will have to wait a while longer.

Confounds the Science - the Parody Project

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