The Moon and Sun ~ Reno, Nevada

We had a beautiful sunrise this morning…if it wasn’t for the fact that I did a huge backwards stretch in my chair I wouldn’t have seen it. LOL! Grabbed my camera and ran outside, setting off the door alarm (before 7 am and the doors were still locked) as I did. Sheesh.

The moon and Mars this morning…taken on the way into work.

Then the moon yesterday morning, also right before entering my work building.

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Enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon ~

I know that we here in Reno, Nevada will be paying dearly for the nice mild and sunny temps (we’ve already paid with two deadly devestating wildfires) that we’ve had this winter…but until then, we’ve been enjoying our time outside.

Photos taken on Sunday afternoon. Lucy and Leo were especially happy about the sunshine as they only get to go out in the backyard when we’re there with them.

A Red-Tail Hawk, at Rancho San Rafael Park…he too was enjoying the sunshine.

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt ~ one more block finished

After the paper-piecing fiasco with block 1, Attic Windows, I decided to hand-piece the rest of the 111 blocks.

(fabrics ~ Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley)

So fare I’ve pieced #2, Autumn Tints.

And #54, Kitchen Woodbox.

#26 Cut Glass Dish and #24 Country Path are all cut out ready for me to piece.

I’m getting better at shooting the moon ~ 1 Feb 2012

LOL!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful photographers over on Facebook’s EarthSky group for guiding me on what settings to try. You are the BEST!

Last night, around 18:08, I gave the manual settings ISO 400, 1/1000, F5.6 a try on my Panasonic Lumix FZ150 and this is what I got:

***Note*** No tripod yet (hopefully it will come today or tomorrow); hand held; no cropping; I did run it through PhotoShop’s Cooling Filter (80). Does my camera have a great zoom or what?! 🙂

Click on image for a closer view.

For Today ~ 1 February 2012 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 01 February 2012.

Outside My Window… Breezy, partly cloudy (had some rain and light snow), busy goings-on in the two construction holding pens, an empty bird feed swinging on the tree.

I am thinking… We really could use a nice big snow storm…the type where I get to stay home and quilt and make a big pot of stew or posole!

I am thankful for… the photography help I received from EarthSky facebookers…love how they shared their settings to take pictures of the moon. As soon as it’s not cloudy at night, I’ll give it a try!

From the kitchen… Chicken enchiladas. I made a couple of pans up last week, just pulled one from the freezer.

I am wearing… jeans, tennis shoes, a black mock turtleneck.

I am creating… I brought my hand-quilting projects to work with me today. The Farmer’s Wife blocks and the ever-ongoing Flower Garden hexies.

I am going… to have to head over to the Credit Union since they change routing and account numbers on all of us here in Nevada. I don’t write many checks, but need a few.

I am reading… I pulled down Norton: The Cat that went to Paris, only a few pages in.

I am hoping… FOR SNOW!

I am hearing… traffic, helicopter going over, stomping in the hallway upstairs, copier machine, a co-worker clearing his throat for the kabillionth time.

Around the house… laundry to be washed and dishes in the sink need washing too.

One of my favorite things… eyes that don’t itch and water…something that I wish mine would stop doing right now.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… anxiously await my new tripod, head up to either Gerlach or Sierra Valley one weekend day, pay my Nevada Museum of Art membership dues.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Nevada Big Sagebrush...our lovely state flower.

A few more pictures from Virginia City ~ Signs

I promise this will be the last post on Virginia City for this week…until my next trip! 😉

Ran them through Pixlr-o-Matic for a change-up.