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Milky Way Galaxy

Milky Way Galaxy Clouds 1

Haiku 111

A myriad stars

Spilt across the sky like milk

Our own Galaxy



I saw this weird cloud array the other day.

It looks like the Milky Way Galaxy, up there in the daytime sky.

Milky Way Galaxy Clouds 2

Wistful clouds for wistful thoughts.

I love sky-watching; day or night.

I have witnessed numerous lunar and solar eclipses. I have stood outside on my stoep at 4 am and watched Halley’s Comet pass by. It’s unlikely I’ll see it again, in 2061!

But I particularly love gazing into the deep space of a starry night sky, when the air is cool and the bustling daytime sounds quieten down.

And I wonder what is really out there?

I always have.


post script: Here’s some info on the Milky Way Galaxy. And this is a cool scientific animation Travelling from Earth out to the Milky Way and beyond to the edges of the Universe.

post post script: For my American readers; spilt is your spilled. I know you don’t use spilt, because auto-correct keeps highlighting it in red in my text!



Stars and Stripes!

Clouds 1

I noticed this unusual sky the other night as I was about to shut the front door.

The clouds were streaked in horizontal stripes across a darkening blue background.

Clouds 2

I grabbed my camera and rushed outside to take a few shots, before the clouds dissipated.

OK, so these are the stripes, but where’s the star?

Clouds 3 and Plane 1

As I was snapping the clouds I heard the unmistakable distant roar of a 747 jumbo jet. Yes, it is in the photo above!

Scanning ahead of the sound I caught a flash of light.

Plane 2

The setting sun bathed the plane in a halo of light making it shine like a beacon. A shining star indeed!

Stars and Stripes!


In fact it looked so strange that I can understand why people sometimes mistake sights like this for a UFO!

Plane 3

It looked more and more alien as it melted into the clouds, heading for unknown exotic locations in distant lands.


Fly By!

Planes 1

We have been hearing heavy planes fly low over our area for the past week. These are not the usual planes we might hear, such as the night time international 747 flights that pass by high in the sky with only a distant rumble.

Planes 2

No, these were heavy helicopters and the old propeller type planes. And no matter how often I dashed outside to try to catch a glimpse, I couldn’t see a thing.

Finally I got a few shots of the propeller planes as they flew past several times.

There was one large plane, I presume an aircraft carrier, flanked by two smaller planes. A blast from the past.

Planes 3

Of course, there was no way I was going to catch a glimpse of the jets that also shot by occasionally. So loud, so fast and so low. That heavy thunder shook the very marrow of my bones and made me jump out of my skin every time!


The SANDF Armed Forces Day celebrations were held from 16 to 21 February, commemorating the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21 February 1917.


post script: I believe the helicopters were Rooivalk and Super Lynx, and the jets were Hawk and Gripen.

If anyone knows what the propeller planes are, you are welcome to enlighten me in the comments. 


A Breath of Fresh Air

Seaside 1

Haiku 97

Sitting on the beach

Strong breeze blows your cares away

Just sea, sand and sky


Seaside 2

Distant mountains.

Seaside 3

I’ll be very impressed if anyone spotted the cormorant in the photo above, taking off from the sea where it had been fishing.

Seaside 4 – Cormorant

Where was it?

Seaside 5 – Cormorant

I have left a lot of sky in the photos, so you can enjoy the deep blue; and sand, so you can imagine walking along the beach.


Happy New Year 2019

Sunrise 2

As the sun sets on 2018 and rises on 2019, I’d like to wish my WP friends all the very best for the coming year.

Thank you for your friendship during this last year and here’s hoping the coming year will be a good one for you all, with health and happiness.

Here’s to a great 2019.

Cheers from Scifi and Little Monkey.

Happy New Year!


Sunrise, Blood Moon and Mars


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.


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!


Wintry Morn

Winter Sunrise


Winter Morn

The cool colours of

A Winter Morn

Seen through dark branches

Barren and shorn


The crisp cold air and

A weaker sun

Remind you winter

Is not yet done*



This is about the only winter scenery I get to see, as most of my garden – and everyone else’s – is Evergreen.

Here you see dawn, as the sun rises through the bare branches of a neighbour’s tree; the pinky-purple sky courtesy of a few clouds.


*Not yet done. This is an Americanism. My younger daughter used to say it sometimes as a teenager. In English you would tend to say something is not yet over, or finished.

But, you know, it rhymes so nicely with sun!