“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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To the Moon, Anni...

A few months ago, Earth experienced a "Super moon"...and I was there, outdoors, photographing it as it appeared over the bay downtown and then again when we arrived back home. My post about this phenomenon is HERE. On Tuesday evening, and Wednesday, we on Earth were encountering what science has termed "micro-moon". This month's moon is the smallest of the year. By that I mean, it is about 30,000  miles [50,000 kilometers] farther away in our atmosphere than when a super moon occurs. But, what has caught my eye is at nightfall this month there has been a very incredible bright 'star' in the east just after sunset. And that 'star' is Jupiter. On Tuesday evening, after we came home and as I was about to shut the garage door down, I got out the camera and snapped these two photos; facing East  --click to  enlarge for more detail
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Full view of the night sky with the Moon & the planet Jupiter to its left

Making use of the zoom lens to capture the craters and shadows of the moon

...another image of the wonders of nature...
Previously I shared the Brown Pelican. Today, I spotted this reflection of an American White Pelican on the mirror-like pond, it was like everything surrounding it was immovable, a still-life... and had to photograph it to share with y'all--




Did y'all read the last of my Wednesday post...regarding the Denver Broncos Championship game this Sunday afternoon? Just to get into the spirit of things, I redid my toenails in Bronco Blue and Orange Crush!!! My feet aren't dirty, that's tan lines. LOLOL





..and lastly this week, I mentioned I finished my sketch of my grandson - drawn from my favorite photo of him from long ago when he was just a babe!! Now consider that he was born with Down Syndrome, and just having him sit on his own was a feat worth raving over. But, to have him be so vain [comes with the bloodline I guess *wink] as to sit in front of the mirror while visiting with his great grandmother at her home just boggled my mind. That he could be in control of his muscles and coordination at such a young age after physical therapy so well; well enough to hold on to his hair brush and brush his hair blew me away. Besides, he was a cute little booger!! Okay, 'nough grandma talk. I went down and had a evergreen mat with black trim around the opening and placed my drawing there behind it, with a red maple wood frame---

My favorite photo of Clint -c. 1990 & beginning of sketch

Continuing the sketch & Half-way done...

...to the finished & framed sketch!!



Sidebar Linking to:  Thursday Thoughts, Friday Fragments, Random 5 Friday, Camera Critters, Saturday's Critters, Alphabet Thursday [today- the letter "i" as seen in my post with bold text], Skywatch Friday

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  1. Anni, lovely post. The pelican reflection is awesome. And I like the new updated you! Have a happy day!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen...Have a happy day yourself dear friend.

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  2. Your photos are beautiful. That pelican shot is amazing. But the best is that sketch of your grandson! You are so talented and he's so cute!

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    1. ...he was a cutie...but this was long ago...over 20 years ago. Now I guess I'd have to say handsome. LOL --- Thanks Mari.

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  3. Amazing photos of the moon and Jupiter. That pelican shot is absolutely gorgeous. Best of all, your grandson's sketch turned out beautifully. What a sweetheart.
    Your new profile photo looks great, too.

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  4. Well, Blackberry Lane said everything I was getting ready to say, so I'll just add my appreciation. Your new profile is perfect. :-)

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  5. Absolutely amazing shots of the moon! On Tuesday, we were out running errands and the moon looked pretty incredible in the early evening sky. I snapped a few pictures with my iPhone. Not nearly as impressive, as yours though. I may try to share them at some point. I found a new photo meme called Skywatch Friday, which I plan to participate in. Thanks for joining Thursday Thoughts linky party!

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    1. PS: I am so thrilled that the Broncos won. We are huge fans of Peyton Manning. He was the quarterback for the UT and we have followed his career since leaving us. It's gonna be hard to see the Bronco and the Patriots go head-to-head on Sunday. I like both teams and will root for the Broncos, but if the Tom Brady pulls off the victory then I won't cry too bad.

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    2. I am still one who wishes Elway was with the Broncos...quarterbacking. LOL Thanks for the compliments Cathy, AND for hosting.

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    3. PS...I've been seriously considering Skywatch also.

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  6. the sketch is awesome! i like your pretty white (short) hair, too. beautiful pelican shot.

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    1. ...thanks Ms. T!! Coming from you, an artist in her own right, this means a great deal to me.

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  7. Oh my goodness! Where to begin on this post. The moon shots are extraordinary,the Pelican reflection just couldn't get any better and that sketch,wow,it is amazing.

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    1. ...thank you kindly Ruth!!

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  8. absolutely incredible moon shots, both of these. and the sketch is wonderful. that said, my most favorite photo is that white pelican. wow wow and wow again. AWESOME reflection.

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    1. ...thank you, thank you, thank you Sandra!! :-)

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  9. HA HA ---I laughed at your toenails... Go Broncos!!!!

    LOVED LOVED LOVED your sketch of your grandson. How special is that...

    Great moon shots..
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. You did come see my Bronco Nails! LOL I read that Brady is ill...steroid injections? I can't help myself.

      Thanks for the compliment on my sketch Betsy.

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  10. Oh, Anni, when I enlarged the sketch photos and got to the end, my heart did a mini flip. What a beautiful job you did. Perfect mat and framing to go with your creation. He is a beautiful boy. And you are so talented. That was drawn with love, it's easy to see.

    The moon shots are incredible. I noticed last night that it seemed to be glowing. I wanted to go grab my camera but I put my back out yesterday and didn't feel like it. So glad you got this. :)

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    1. ...there is a word for that moon glow but I can't think of it off hand. Now you got me a'thinkin'!!

      Thanks Gail!! Your comment means a lot to me. Get your back all better soon.

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  11. Dear Anni, Beautiful shots of the moon. It is a wonder to look up and see such beauty.
    Your new profile picture looks great, like you are thinking about so many different things.
    Nature gives us so much to be grateful for and reminds us of its beauty and simplicity.
    Of course you sketching is wonderful. You are talented and capture so much in the image.
    Nice to visit with you.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Oh my Catherine...thanks so much!!

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  12. Annie - that sketch is fabulous - a real keepsake for Clint and his family. Your pelican photo is also wonderful. Can't believe you retain your CO Bronco spirit - you put me to shame!

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    1. I will always be a Bronco Fan!!! From the time...way back, when Craig Morton was quarterbacking to today and beyond. :-)

      Thanks for the compliment on the sketch of Clint!

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  13. Wow! What a terrific post. Love the photo, and the sketch is AB FAB...ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Nicely done! Aloha

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  14. Anni I have word for your toes, your new photo, your pictures and your sketch of your grandson
    B E A U T I F U L!!
    HUGS CECILIA

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    1. Your loving comment means much to me M&M!!! Always.

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  15. What a joyful moment with your beautiful grandson, and again, what an AMAZING sketch! You are so, so talented. Gorgeous pic of the pelican~

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    1. ...Awwww, Shelly, you're so very kind with words!! Thanks dear friend.

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  16. gorgeous moon photo Anni… my husband and I were admiring it rising above the trees from bed through the window last night.

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  17. Wow, great moon shots .... and I love your nails :)

    Happy weekend!

    Irnee

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    1. Thanks Irene...btw...LOVE your name. That's my daughter's name, and my mother's.

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  18. A terrific moon shot, and I love the pelican! Cute toenails too!

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  19. The first photo is mystical.

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    1. ...glad you visited with me Christian.

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  20. Like your drawing so much. The weather men from San Antonio called the full moon this time a Full Wolf Moon.

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    1. ...that sounds like perhaps a Native American reference?

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  21. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. So happy to have found your blog and I look forward to visiting.

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    1. ...you're welcome. You've touched the hearts of so many bloggers, including me.

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  22. He is a cute little guy! I love that sketch...

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  23. Really gorgeous moon shot.

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    1. ...glad you liked the moon Freda.

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  24. You are very talented. I love the photos, and your toenails are peachy!!!!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  25. Oh, yes. I like your new photo!

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  26. Fantastic shots of the moon and I also enjoyed the other photographs too.

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  27. Great shots, all of them. Your Grandson, the pelican, now your toes... They are good also.

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    1. ...Like Steve [Stephanie in my case] Martin....just a wild and crazy gal.

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    2. Nicely done Anni! Lovely photos and beautiful sketch. I didn't know you drew. See, I knew we were kindred spirits. :) Love the toes. Have you tried the gel polish at the salons? Worth every penny for perfect toes which last for a month or even longer. I always do that when I'm off to England and then don't have to think about my toes because they end up looking super cute. Mind you, you have to pick the right colour because you get stuck with it for a month. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    3. I've tried nail salons a couple of times and got a toe infection...stopped that then, and started doing it myself. Have a wonderful weekend yourself Veronica.

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  29. Such a beautiful sketch! And the pelican still life...amazing! :) So are the toenails, lol! :)

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    1. ...thanks Deb. Loved your kitty and quilts today!

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  30. Very nice new image of you! And the sketch, well, that's just amazing. Great job!

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    1. ...thanks Nancy...and again, as always, thanks for hosting.

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  31. The sketch of your grandson turned out awesome! I have a picture of our (only) granddaughter dressed in a flower girl dress, admiring herself. It's one of my favorites.
    I love the updated photo of yourself, too!

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    1. ...thanks Kathy...I would love to see your granddaughter's photo!!! Care to share? *hint

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  32. i love your toe colors. so pretty & very festive. love your art work. what will you work on next? enjoy the pelican reflection. so cool!! have a lovely weekend. ( :

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    1. ...thanks Beth. Have a lovely weekend yourself.

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  33. I really need to do a better job of capturing the moon. Nice work Annie.

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    1. Your moon shot is great if you want my opinion!!! Reminds me of Sleepy Hollow.

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  34. An amazing post. Fabulous pictures and the sketch is fantastic.

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    1. ...it's good to know you enjoyed the post!!

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  35. I have never been able to capture the moon like you did! The grandson sketch is touching and especially with the story behind it. You are very good at capturing a feeling behind the drawn lines.

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    1. ...aw, shucks! Thank you kindly Ms. "G"

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  36. What an awesome drawing of your grandson. Beautiful! And I love your new picture too. Have a great weekend.

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  37. Wow Anni, that pelican shot is wonderful.
    And who knew you had such great drawing talent!!!
    Have an awesome weekend!
    diane @ aug's blog

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  38. I enjoyed this...love the sketch and the facts you told about your grandson in relation to it.

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    1. ...thanks Rose. Much appreciated.

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  39. I forgot to say that I absolutely loved your pelican shot!!!

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    1. ...a little extra from you is great Rose!

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  40. Jupiter? I thought it was Venus! It was a gorgeous full moon, wasn't it?! The pelican shot is absolutely stunning!! The composition, color and framing is perfect. Definitely frame worthy. And I love the sketch of your grandson. He is adorable.
    Visiting from R5F

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    1. ...thank you kindly, Lisa!

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  41. Love your sketch, you're extremely talented! Your Pelican is so pretty!
    Where do you live??
    I'm your newest follower!
    Marie :)

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    1. ...thanks Marie...I live in Corpus Christi Texas.

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  42. I noticed your new profile picture and i really like it. I need to update mine.
    Awesome sketch, that turned out fabulous

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    1. ya....show off your new hair style!!!! Thanks Ann.

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  43. What a fabulous sketch! You are very talented! Your profile picture is very nice also! Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello!

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    1. ...thank YOU for returning to visit with me Jeanne

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  44. Stands out really well, love your album.

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  45. Beautiful shots of the moon, and your sketch is fantastic, Annie! Happy weekend!

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  46. Aww, what a cutie! You are very talented, by the way! I can't draw to save my life. Gorgeous shot of the swan, and the moon!

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  47. The white pelican and reflection is awesome. The sketch is amazing, and grannies have the right to brag as much as they want.

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  48. Dear Anni, Dropping by to say, "hello" and I hope all is well.
    Have a nice weekend. blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. ...why, thank you for your kindness Catherine!!! Have a nice weekend yourself.

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  49. Such a great post and I love your artwork of your grandson Anni, would be proud of that on my wall. Your moonshots are really something too, along with those painted toe nails, and the pelican? Like I said, a great post!

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    1. ...thanks Denise. Very much.

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  50. A stunning Pelican shot. Really great.

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  51. Wonderfull shots, have a nice week end.

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  52. I like your animated book graphic--very clever! The moon is beautiful! We had a real interesting moon with the clouds around it that I noticed in the morning when I was leaving for work. I should have taken a picture but forgot I had my camera with me--duh.

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    1. Oh, and we are for the PATRIOTS!

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    2. Bah. LOL No, it's go Broncos. rofl.

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    3. I've had that animated book graphic for a long long time, I don't pay any attention to it these days, but I like the fact it still draws attention to visitors like you Karen. Too bad you had no camera...the moon and clouds would have made a super image. I'm sure.

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  53. The reflection of the pelican is extraordinary. Not a ripple to be seen. You would easily believe that the photo could be reversed and it would seem like reality. And your sketch is beautiful. You have captured the little one's spirit of joy.

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  54. The pelican photo is perfect. And the shot of Jupiter and the moon makes me so jealous. I'm not good at those night shots, but I've been admiring the brightness of those two heavenly bodies. The photo of Clint is adorable, and you captured it so beautifully in your drawing. What talent you have.

    Thanks kindly for your visit to my blog today. That national park is in Utah, about 75 miles south of Moab.

    Oh, and GO BRONCOS! (I'm from Indiana, and Peyton Manning will always have a place in the hearts of Indianapolis Colts fans.)

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    1. Yep, I can see why you'd be a Bronco Fan...being a follower of Peyton!! Thanks for returning here to visit with me then, Linda!!

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  55. Woo Hoo, another Bronco fan! I'd better go do my nails! We can never get too much of the grandchildren, can we? Great sketch! Nice pelican photo.

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  56. Awesome shot of the pelican and I like the shot of the moon too.

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  57. Fabulous shot of the moon, Anni! And of course, the pelican too!

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  58. You are so incredibly talented! The moon photos are wonderful. I love that reflection. Then you draw! Amazing!

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  59. The night sky has always intrigued me... The images you captured of it are breath-taking.

    The Pelican is incredible too!

    Who am I kidding, your entire post is incredible!

    I love the sketch of Clint... He is definitely a cute little booger!

    Thanks for linking to the letter "I".

    A+

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