WA: Eclipse – 08/13/2017 – 08/21/2017

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Eclipse – before max – with camera behind welding mask

Not much going lately – the smoke came back, and it has still been on the hot side.

But today is Eclipse Day and everyone has gone mental. We debated heading south for a view of the totality (after all, we are supposed to be mobile), but seeing the chaos that was brewing, we decided to stay put.

Fortunately, the air cleared up this morning, and we had some good viewing.

We have no photography skills nor specialized equipment, so these are not great pictures. Since we didn’t hit totality here, we couldn’t view the sun without the welding mask, but it was still vastly better than my pinhole-in-a-box experience from 1984.

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Eclipse – after max – projected through binoculars
Homebase, WA
Eclipse – after max – with camera behind welding mask
Homebase, WA
Eclipse – after max – projected through binoculars, camera behind welding mask

WA: Homebase – 07/23/2017 – 08/13/2017

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Fawn

Back in NE WA, it has been HOT and SMOKY due to the BC/WA wildfires and the stationary high pressure system. Breathing outside is not pleasant, so we’ve been doing a lot of indoor activities.

Sunday we finally got a small bit of rain which washed the air and cooled things off.

One of the things we did to keep occupied was to install a wildlife camera to see who visits when we’re away and at night. Surprisingly, the most frequent visitor is a Siamese cat though he never seems to pose for a really good picture.

With the heat where it has been, the wildlife camera thinks that any time the vegetation moves, it’s an animal, so it takes literally thousands of pictures during the day. Sifting through them to find the few that actually have animals in them is annoying. That is one more reason that I am happy that cooler weather is coming.

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Deer at night
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Turkeys
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Black Cat
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Black Cat at night
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Siamese Cat
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Skunk
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Dog? Coyote?