|The most bizarre sunrise of my life, complete with sunspot (look in the upper part of the haze band, right of center).|
My 75th birthday has come and gone. 2023 has been an eventful year. As I've posted, I published my long-delayed AT memoir in April, and then my long-standing mega-novel in August. Between those two projects I traveled to New England, where I spent a month and a half hiking, including touching base with the New England National Scenic Trail and extending my personal continuous footpath to the state of Rhode Island (connecting my 27th of the 50 US continental 'states' [counting DC]).
I also had the distinct privilege of helping the Dartmouth Outing Club maintainers repaint the summit sign on top of Mount Moosilauke.
I even got a stripe of orange paint on my hiking stick as a 'souvenir'. Here's the video I posted at the time:
Since July, I've mostly been sticking close to home enjoying the sunrises and fall color. The bizarre sunrise shown in the headline photo ought to be made into a video. I took a couple dozen photos as it evolved. It happened on November 8th, and not only provided an amazing distortion, caused by multiple stable layers in the atmosphere, but it was also the first time I've 'seen' a sunspot (with the aid of my 40x Canon Power Shot point and shoot camera). Here's a look at a later image, with the sunspot very apparent, having moved above the haze layer:
- Go to the SOHO Movie Theater link.
- In the 'Image' menu box, select "hmiigr"
- 'Resolution' 512 or 1024, take your pick.
- Click on 'Dates' and a drop-down calendar appears. Click first on November 8, 2023, then click again on November 9, 2023. That fills the form with the start and end dates.
- Click 'Generate' and the first of the images in the sequence appears.
- Beneath the image click the 'Play' button and the animation scrolls repeatedly. Customize as you wish.
|Still life with purple wood aster and acorn shell on red maple leaf|