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A fogbow is a very similar to a rainbow; however, as its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain.  It is also a rare phenomena too.  Small water droplets create a fogbow.  Very weak colors are seen in a fogbow.  It has a bluish inner edge and a reddish outer edge.

A sea dog fogbow over the south Oregon coast (Photo by JHL)
A sea dog fogbow over the south Oregon coast (Photo by JHL)

Since the water droplets are very small, the fogbow appears white, which is why it is sometimes white rainbows.  When the droplets forming it are almost all of the same size the fogbow can have multiple inner rings, or supernumeraries, that are more strongly colored than the main bow.  Unlike a rainbow, fogbows normally appear as a band of bright white, sometimes with hints of red or blue. Because of these differences, fog bows are often referred to by other names – cloud bows, white rainbows or ghost rainbows.

Mars & a Lunar Fog Bow
Mars & a Lunar Fog Bow Mars & a Lunar Fog Bow. Mars and a Colorful Lunar Fog Bow Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN)

When viewing a fogbow from the air looking down, such as when you’re in an airplane, it is called a cloud bow.  Mariners sometimes called his phenomena sea dogs.  When a fogbow is seen at night, it is called a lunar fog bow.

The Mie scattering simulation used a mean droplet diameter of 60 micron with a lognormal distribution of diameters having a standard deviation 12% to match the width of the primary fogbow and the position of the two supernumerary arcs inside the main bow.

A fogbow has the same direction as a rainbow so that the sun would be behind the viewer and the direction would be into the bank of the fog.  Its outer radius is slightly less than that of a rainbow.

Fogbow in the Arctic
Fogbow in the Arctic

Your best chances of catching a fogbow are when the Sun is shining brightly and the fog is thin – they’ll appear as the sun breaks through the fog behind you. You’ll often find fogbows as the cool sea mists roll in over the ocean or as fog makes its way down a hillside or mountainside. And, if you happen to be in the middle of a fog or a cloud – say, in an airplane – you might see a full circle rather than an arch as seen below.

Full circle fogbow.
Full circle fogbow.

On rare occasions, you might see a solar glory or a Brocken spectre within a fog bow. Glories look just like halos, and they’re normally centered on a Brocken spectre or an object within the fog. These colorful rings are created by sunlight reflecting off water droplets in much the same way that rainbows and fogbows are created. A Brocken spectre is a spooky phenomenon that looks like a ghost within the fog. These shadowy shapes are named after a peak within Germany’s Hartz Mountains where Brocken spectres are commonly seen. Brocken spectres are caused by a shadow thrown on the fog – either your own, or that of a nearby object.

Brocken Spectre at Lough Corrib, a lake in the west of Ireland, near the city of Galway. Photo by Conor Ledwith Photography.
Brocken Spectre at Lough Corrib, a lake in the west of Ireland, near the city of Galway. Photo by Conor Ledwith Photography.

Till Next Time,

xo-heather

 

 

 

Here in western NY, we are in the thick of Autumn.  The leaves are in their peak.  This is what the southern tier, WNY is known for-the beautiful enchanted mountains.  Last night we got some rain and when I took Isabelle outside, I could smell the wet leaves.  Such a lovely smell.

These are some photos I took myself on our way up to take my baby sister back to school at SUNY Morrisville on 11 October 2016.  Photos are best viewed full-sized and can be done so by clicking the photos.

And these I took yesterday, 16 October 2016, while out riding around.  Once again , photos are best viewed full-sized and can be done so by clicking the photos.

I hope autumn is as beautiful in your neck of the woods as it is here 🙂

That’s all I got for today.  I’ll catch y’all next time!

xo-heather

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When Autumn comes, it sometimes comes in a blink of an eye.  One day it is summer and then the next, you notice a subtle crispness in the air.  Then it is pumpkin-spice time, chunky knitted sweaters and knee-high boots are everywhere.  This is the work of the Autumn Equinox. It is also known as Michaelmas, Mabon, and Harvest Home.  It comes without any fanfare.  We pass it on the calendar in its small print in a blink of an eye.

This year, the Autumn Equinox happens approximately at 10:26am EDT on Thursday 22 September 2016.  The sun will rise at 6:44am and set at 6:52pm, giving us 8 minutes more of daylight over night.  The equinoxes happen at the same moment everywhere.  More light is called equilux(“lux” being Latin for light).

Autumnal Equinox Illustration
Autumnal Equinox Illustration

 

Depending on what side of the equator you live, you have different seasons than the opposite side.  The equinox in September in the north is known as the Autumnal(fall) equinox and the one in the south is known as the vernal(spring) equinox.  Each year has two equinoxes, September and March, when the sun shines directly on the equator and length of day and night are almost equal on both sides of the equator.  This equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator-the imaginary line above the Earth’s equator-from North to South.  This can happen on either September 22, 23, or 24 every year.

Earth Orbits Sun At a Slant
Earth Orbits Sun At a Slant

The angle at which the Earth is tilted at is 23.4º, to the ecliptic, or the imaginary plane Earth’s path creates around the sun.

Both hemispheres are always tilt a little towards the sun on any other day of the year, but on these two days, the Earth’s axis is always perpendicular towards the sun, as illustrated in the picture above.

On the Equinox, the night and day are nearly the same-12 hours-all over the world.  Equinox is derived from the Latin word aequus,  eqi meaning “equal” and nox meaning “night”.  Despite this being commonly accepted definition, in reality, equinoxes don’t exactly have 12 hours of daylight.  If you want to read more about why they don’t have exactly 12 of day, please click HERE.

hello autumn!
hello autumn!

Until December, the days get shorter until the Winter solstice, when the light will make its slow creep back to long summer days.  Technically, Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, compared to the summer solstice in June, which has the longest sunlight.

Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0
Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Due to the fact that it takes Earth 365.25 days to orbit the Sun and why we have a leap year every year, the precise time of the equinox varies every year.  But usually it happens six hours later on each successive year.  On leap years though, the date jumps back an entire day.

Male Siberian Hamster
Male Siberian Hamster

Brilliant leaves and geomagnetic storms aren’t the only things that ramp up around the time of the autumnal equinox.  The creature world also does too.  Animals at high latitudes also go through biological changes with the changing of the seasons.  For example, the Siberian hamster, experiences the growth of their testes of up to 17 times their normal size in days leading up to when the days get shorter.

The Japanese traditionally mark both the Spring and Autumn Equinox with higan, higan-festivala seven-day period where they honor and remember their ancestors by visiting their graves by cleaning graves and offering flowers and foods, and burning incense sticks and praying.

 

 

 

Priest blessing food and flowers during the Polish Festival of Greenery.
Priest blessing food and flowers during the Polish Festival of Greenery.

In Poland, the Polish celebrate the Polish Festival of Greenery bring bouquets of flowers and foods to a priest for a blessing, and then using them for medicine or keeping them until the following year’s harvest.  The Roman celebration of the Fall Equinox was dedicated to Pomona, goddess of fruits and growing things

A well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble on the fields after the harvest is traditionally feasted on.  Ginger is also part of the tradition too.  Every single piece of food that is served that day at the feast is seasoned with ginger from gingerbread to ginger beer.

The last piece of corn that was harvested was made into a doll in England,corn-huskdolls representing the “spirit of the field”.  Drenched in water, this would represent rain or they were burned, representing the death of the spirit of the grain.  Large wickerwork figures are burned in a mock sacrifice or constructed to present a vegetarian spirit.  The large wickerwork figures also represented those two factors as well.  Farmers and merchants gathered at fairs.  Often there would be a large glove was suspended above the fair, symbolizing  the handshake of promises and open-handedness and generosity.

 

Burning Man Galen Oaks 2015
Burning Man Galen Oaks 2015

The “burning man” has seen a revival in the US.  It is celebrated at the end of summer.  It is an enthusiastic festival of performance arts and creativity.  Participating in your own burning man celebration is a powerful way to connect with humanity, past and present.

 

 

Autumn is a great time to still get out and do many activities before having to stay inside all winter.  This is just a small sampling of the many activities celebrated worldwide to usher in the annual Autumn Equinox.

How do you celebrate Autumn Equinox?  Do you look forward to autumn?  Please continue the conversation below.  If you liked this post, click “like” below and share to your favorite social networks.   I hope you enjoyed this post.  Thanks!

 

Till next time…

xo-heather

Last year about this time, I discovered this amazing and unique animal called the Cassowary bird, which is Australia’s biggest species.  If you click the link, you can read more in-depth about this species.

Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary

 

I started following the cassowaryrecoveryteam‘s blog last year which sends out updates every couple of weeks.

This week’s’ post is about World Cassowary Day 2016.  Why is this important, you ask?  Why am posting this, you might be wondering?

If you read the post I wrote last year, you may see that these birds are charismatic and fascinating creatures.  They are truly a living dinosaur.  The Cassowary bird is considered a keystone species by conservationists.  They maintain the diversity of the rainforest, and play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance in the rainforest.

Cassowary & chick
Cassowary & chick

They have also become cultural icons for the wider community and an important part of the local landscape and identity of the Wet Tropics community.  the recently amalgamated Cassowary Coast Regional Council has adopted the cassowary as a part of their logo and corporate identify.

southern cassowary
southern cassowary

The Southern Cassowary Casuarius(casuarius johnsonii) is listed as a threatened species internationally and under State and Commonwealth legislation in Australia. The southern cassowary is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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World Cassowary Day will be held in the Daintree this year from 10am to 2pm on 24 August 2016.  It will be at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Australia.  There will be complimentary free parking and there will be signs posted for directions to the observatory.  Activities include over 30 stalls about cassowaries and other wildlife, music performances, wildlife displays, face painting, and other activities for the kids.  There will be speakers there presenting on topics such as the world’s three different species of cassowaries, the Daintree blockade, tracking cassowaries through their poo, cassowary seed dispersal, conserving cassowary habit and a history of cassowary conservation.  The film, No Wabu, No Wuju, No Gunduy (No Rainforest, No Food, No Cassowary) will be shown.  For more on World Cassowary Day, click HERE.

 

World Cassowary Day 2016
World Cassowary Day 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you live in Australia near there or are going to be in Australia near there on those dates, I highly recommend checking this out.

Here is a video with a bit of information on the Cassowary and some up close and personal encounter with one.

Have you ever met a Cassowary?  Have you ever attended a World Cassowary Day or plan to attend this years?  I’d love for you to comment below and continue the conversation.  If you liked this post, please like and share.  Thanks 🙂

Till next time…

xo-heather

 

I read a lot of things on the internet, especially the paranormal and the unexplained.  Whether it’s fact or fiction, I like a good and intriguing story.  I came across this one the other day that I thought you might be interested in.  I will leave it up to you to decide.

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The Devil’s Tramping Ground, near the Harper’s Crossroads area in Bear Creek, North Carolina.

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a camping spot in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads area in Bear Creek, North Carolina. It has been the subject of persistent local legends and lore, which often allege that the Devil “tramps” and haunts a barren circle of ground in which nothing can grow. It has often been noted on lists of unusual place names.

Strange stories are known locally about the ring.  Such stories are that dogs yap and howl, things left in the middle of it disappear overnight, and strange events occur to those brave enough to spend the night in the middle of it.  In the past 100 years, nothing has grown within 40 feet of it.  Legend has it that this is the very place that the Devil himself can rise from the fiery depths of hell, and come to earth.  On certain nights, the Devil supposedly able to walk in circles here and bring evil to this world.

Legend has it that people who spend the night in this circle are never sane again.  Many people have reported strange shadows among the treeline watching them.  They’ve also seen pairs of red eyes from within the circle and the sound of footsteps in and around the area.  Teens especially like to test their bravery.  One teen recounted his experience when he and his friends stood in the circle, “It felt like a large hand rose from the ground and grabbed my heart.  I fell to my knees…it hurt so bad…I couldn’t move.”  It wasn’t until he apologized to the entity for trespassing that he was finally released.

There is also other legends that state the vengeful spirits of the Waxhaw Indians were slaughtered and buried there beneath the infertile soul hundreds of years ago.  Their restless spirits now kill anything that spends too much time on their grave.

Animals completely avoid the circle.  A visitor’s dog choked itself on its leash to avoid the middle of the circle.  Others have witnessed small animals dying on the edge of the circle.

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cult of satanic worshippers in woods

There have also been reports of satanic rituals taking place within the circle.  During the 1970s and 80s, it is believed that a small cult of devil worshippers used the area for the sacrifice of animals in unholy worship.

 

 

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The Devil’s Tramping Ground back in the 1950s

However, the camping spot is in fact mostly bare, though there is some vegetation, as indicated in the photo above.  Objects as well as campers have stayed and remained in the circle overnight.  The site is often littered with trash, beer cans, and bottles, as well as “spooky” spray-painting on nearby trees.  All of which suggest that the local youth are the “nighttime” trampers.

road signThe Devil’s Tramping Ground is said to be a perfect circle, 40 feet across, the perimeter of which is a path about a foot wide.  It is about 50 miles south of Greensboro off a quiet, tree-lined country road.  It is apparently not easy to find and be ready for some mild off-road hiking, rural driving, and super-natural phenomenon.

 

 

Fact or fiction?  I leave it up to you to decide.  If you like this post, please tic “like”.  I always welcome feedback from my post or anything else in the comments below.

Till next time~

xo-heather

In Old English, September is called Haervest-monath(Harvest Month).  This is time when the harvest is gathered, ready and put up for the winter months.  September’s name comes from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven”.  This month

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This year, Labor Day, (the first Monday in September), falls on the 5th.  Did you know Canadians also celebrate Labour Day as well?

Patriot Day is observed in the U.S. on 11 September or 9/11.

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Grandparents’ Day is also celebrated on 11 September  too!  Please honor your grandparents(if you still have them) today and every day.  I have two Grandma’s left whom are alive and kicking in their 80s! 🙂

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Fall is right around the corner!  The Autumnal Equinox falls on 23 September this year.  At this moment, there is an equal amount of daylight and darkness hours in a day.  Find you current sunrise and sunset HERE.

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The month is then wrapped up on 29 September with Michealmas, an ancient Celtic “Quarter Day”.  This day was marked with the end of the harvesting and steeped heavily in folklore.

St. Micheal
St. Micheal

Some seasonal all-time favorites to bake would be:

Apple Pie Recipe by Grandma Ople
Apple Pie Recipe by Grandma Ople

 

Autumn Cheesecake Recipe
Autumn Cheesecake Recipe
Apple Crisp Recipe
Apple Crisp Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great time Martins on TM12 300to prepare winter bird seed for those of our feathered friends who stay around in the winter.

 

 

Full Harvest Moon
Full Harvest Moon

 

 

The Full Harvest Moon will be making its annual appearance on 16 September 2016 3:05P.M. EST.  There will also be other night sky events going on this month as well.

 

Some Folklore For This Month:

  • Heavy September rains bring drought
  • September blow soft, till the fruit’s in the loft
  • Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go
  • If the storms of September clear off warm,  the storms of the following winter will be warm
  • Fair on September 1st, fair for the month
September's Flower-Asteraceae(Aster amellus)
September’s Flower-Asteraceae(Aster amellus)
Sapphire, September's Birth Stone, which was once thought to guard against poisioining and evil
Sapphire, September’s Birthstone, which was once thought to guard against poisoning and evil
September's other flower, the Morning Glory(Convolvulaceae)
September’s other flower, the Morning Glory(Convolvulaceae)

 

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I’m excited! Are you?

What are you looking forward to(or baking) this fall?  I’d love for you to continue the conversation below.  And if you’ve liked this post, please tic like below and give it a share if you’ve really liked it.  Thanks 🙂

Till next time~

xo-heather