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The Magic Light Show

Rainbow

I have a crystal pendant hanging in one window that throws a rainbow out across the room whenever the sunlight strikes it at a certain angle. It is a very pretty effect.

Above is the rainbow it casts on a coffee table.

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Above is a Gallery of the changing rainbow colours as sunlight strikes the crystal.

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As I have said in a previous post, Scattering Rainbows, you can split white light (sunlight) up into its constituent colours using a glass prism, (or crystal, as here). This was first done by Isaac Newton.

 

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Sunday Musings #146

Someone just honked to get me out of my parking spot faster, so now I have to sit here until both of us are dead.

– Unknown

This quote really appeals to me!

I hate being pushed about by someone who thinks their time is more important than mine.

I hate bullies and will always stand up to them.

I hate being told what to do.

So yes, I totally get this quote!

 

Unwanted?

Dandelion

Unwanted?

Sprouting from the brickwork

None-the less you grow

Waiting for that west wind

To blow

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Your seeds fluffed by raindrops

Watch the water flow

Now you’re simply waiting

To sow

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Looking more like feathers

White as driven snow

Still you go on waiting

To go

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This lone dandelion caught my eye as I passed it on the steps. It was so white, not the gold I’m used to seeing in bright sunlight, and the rain had clumped the seeds together, making the ends look like wet feathers.

It didn’t matter to me that I did not plant it, nor that it is considered a weed. I admired its tenacity, flourishing there in the bricks.

I thought it beautiful.

 

Very Nearly Spring

Freesia 1

Haiku 67

Eager to appear

Start your journey in winter

By jumping the gun

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Freesia 2

Sprouting between the dead twigs of my (resurrected) asparagus fern, my spring freesias are just about ready to open. Though they are still a little green, it won’t be long now.

Funny how Nature decides when it will be spring.

By my calendar it should be 21st September!

 

Little Monkey is 13!

Little Monkey – on the day we got her

Little Monkey is 13 years old.

I don’t know LM’s exact date of birth, but according to the rescue centre that we adopted her from, it is sometime around now.

For Little Monkey’s 13th birthday I present for your entertainment a collection of some of my favourite photos of this amazing dog; including never-before-seen footage! 

Enjoy the uniqueness and daftness that is our very own Little Monkey.

The first photo above shows a young Little Monkey on the day we got her, in February 2007.

LM – daft

She immediately settled in and showed us her quirky character by trying to squeeze through the bars!

LM and Madam

Above Madam, the alpha female, has an ostrich bone and Little Monkey, the omega, is not going to challenge her.

LM – bone

However, the moment no-one was looking LM would gather all the bones or hooves together and guard them!

Seeing Eye to Eye – Madam and Little Monkey

LM and Madam always had an uneasy truce, mostly because LM hadn’t a clue about the social rules of dog etiquette!

LM and TJ 1

Long before Mr Spaghetti Legs, Little Monkey was best friends with TJ, who was about 8 or 9 years old here and LM was 2 and a half.

The pale thing on LM’s legs is part of a chewed up pool noodle!

LM and TJ 2

You may recognise TJ as being my WP Gravatar and also on my About page; My Tail Too.

LM and TJ 3

I’m glad that LM had TJ in her young life, and later on, SL. As you all know, LM is an anxious dog and it’s very hard to find another dog who will tolerate her and that she is comfortable with.

The young LM

The above photo is of Little Monkey 10 years ago. She hasn’t changed much, apart from being a little hairier now and with more white around the muzzle.

If you scroll down you can see the various faces of Little Monkey, as she has appeared over the years.

Happy Little Monkey

Pensive – Little Monkey

Little Monkey Sunbathing

LM Walk 8

Little Monkey

Little Monkey – Always ready for Mischief

Little Monkey

Little Monkey stretching 1

Quagga Disguise – Little Monkey

Little Monkey 2

Little Monkey Collapsed 1

Little Monkey

Little Monkey 1

Little Monkey

And let’s not forget Little Monkey’s companion, dear old Mr Spaghetti Legs, who helped to make this blog what it is today.

Peas in a Pod – SL and LM

LM and SL check out the Puzzle Tree

LM and SL

LM Sundog 2

LM Sundog 4

Happy LM

LM 2

Super Dog

I hope you have enjoyed this special post on my very own Super Dog!

 

Sunday Musings #145

Alcohol kills brain cells slowly, but that never bothered me because I’m not in a hurry.

– Unknown

 

Actually I think that a little of what you fancy, in moderation, does you more good than harm.

As to killing brain cells, the general anaesthetic I had over 10 years ago destroyed more of my brain than all of the vodka I’ve drunk my entire life!

I was stupid for at least a year; couldn’t remember things; couldn’t solve my crosswords; and was exhausted all the time.

So the next time I need an operation, to do less harm, I think I’ll ask them to knock me out the old fashioned way, with a bottle of vodka!

 

Sunrise, Blood Moon and Mars

Sunrise

Here is a gratuitous photo of a lovely red sunrise, in lieu of a decent picture of the recent Blood Moon.

We had crystal clear skies last Friday night here in Cape Town and a perfect view of the whole eclipse and subsequent Blood Moon.

Blood Moon 1

I did take a few photos, but my little Canon camera wasn’t quite up to the task.

What do you mean, you can’t see anything?

Blood Moon 2

Above is the Blood Moon and below is Mars.

Mars

Though people the world over were witnessing the same event, here in Cape Town we saw the Earth’s shadow creeping across the moon from the opposite direction to those of you in the north.

And when you think just how far away the Moon and Mars are, I think it is amazing that my little old Canon managed to capture anything at all!

 

post script: This is just a fun post. There will be many excellent captures of the eclipse out there online for those who are interested in actually seeing what went on!