Red-Breasted Sapsucker?

While at Miner’s Park in Virginia City, Nevada on Saturday I snapped this picture (bugger was fast, so not that clear) ~ is it a red-breasted sapsucker?

A Different View of Virginia City, Nevada

Since I always take my camera with me wherever I go, and we go to Virginia City quite a lot…I decided to focus in on parts of buildings instead of the whole kit-n-kaboodle. 🙂 Photos taken on our Saturday, 28 Jan 2012, drive on up to V.C.

As always, please click on the photo for a larger view.

Cast Iron Columns at Virginia City, NV ~ 28 Jan 2012

Well, actually they are the tops of the cast iron columns that are throughout Virginia City. Not exactly sure what you would call them. I’ve always loved them…

Robins ~ my Happy Birds

Robins (as do Scrub Jays) always make me smile…and yesterday BUNCHES of them dropped in for a visit. 🙂

Visiting Cedar Waxwings ~ Reno, NV ~ 27 Jan 2012

This morning I looked out the side window and saw an invasion of Robins (I’ll post those pictures later) and then a bunch of Cedar Waxwings! I thought they had moved on, but there they were! At least nine of them! Found out why…the Hawthorn tree in the backyard is still loaded with berries. 🙂

The Robins and Waxwings are enjoying a berry buffet today.

Venus & Moon ~ 25 January 2012 ~ Evening Sky over Reno, NV

I saw on EarthSky that there would be a great pairing of the moon and Venus so I took my camera out to the backyard yesterday evening…and promptly decided my tripod, that I’ve had for 25+ years, needs to be upgraded. LOL! I tried though and here are a few shots using my Panasonic FZ150.


To set things up…a picture of STAR WALK app on my iPad.

Da Moon ~ around 5 pm using just the auto setting on my camera and hand held.

This one around 7-ish pm.


When you look at a crescent moon shortly after sunset or before sunrise, you can sometimes see not only the bright crescent of the moon, but also the rest of the moon as a dark disc. That pale glow on the unlit part of a crescent moon is light reflected from Earth. It’s called “earthshine.”

🙂 That’s what I caught in this photograph!

For Today ~ 23 January 2012 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 January 2012.Outside my window…

I am thinking… Why can’t it just snow here in Reno?! All that is dropping right now is big wet sloppy kisses…and I hate those, unless it’s from a doggie.

I am thankful…That we are getting precip, even if it isn’t plain ole snow.

In the kitchen…probably tri-tip tacos…leftover meat from last night’s bbq.

I am wearing…Jeans, black mock turtleneck, and tennis shoes.

I am creating…a quilt…Oh, Fransson’s quilt along.

I am going…to water my office plants.

I am wondering…why the change in this meme, thinking, pondering, wondering? Seems like an overkill. May go back to the original version.

I am reading…Finished up Sherlock Holmes’ House of Silk, will pull out a book tonight.

I am hoping…that this slushy stuff turns to 100% pure SNOW. And that the stupid Giants beat the even stupider Patriots. Stupid Niners.

I am looking forward to…SNOW.

I am learning…really I am!

Around the house…Bedding needs to be laundered. Bedroom needs vaccuming.

I am pondering…big sigh. It’s too early for all this pondering.

A favorite quote for today…“Look, try and use your intelligence, man, even if you are a politician!”…Doctor Who.

One of my favorite things…a warm cookie and a cup of hot tea.

A few plans for the rest of the week…quilt and bead.

A peek into my day…? No peeking.

Picture of the day…

Scrub Jay in backyard waiting for the goobers.

Reno, Nevada ~ Sunrise ~ 20 January 2012

Peavine Mountain, Reno NV

Peavine ~ sun rising 20 Jan 2012

Reno Sunrise 20 January 2012

Reno sunrise ~ 20 January 2012