Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Comet C2020F3 Neowise – The Long-haired Greek Meets The Roman Nose

The Long-haired Greek Meets The Roman Nose

     Etymologically, the word comet comes from the Greek kometes, referring to a star with long hair … an understandable metaphor today. Those familiar with the North Idaho skyline will recognize [right of the comet in the image] one of our noteworthy landmarks, the mountain peak bearing the name Roman Nose.

The Long-haired Greek Meets The Roman Nose

The stately mount’ gazed toward the sky
The silence was a Roman’s sigh
For near Earth’s edge where light does stalk
A fiery ‘star’ spreads its locks

~ Anecdote, poem and Comet C2020F3 Neowise capture, The Long-haired Greek Meets The Roman Nose © Jerry L. Ferrara

American Goldfinch – An All-American

An All-American

An All-American

     We had an all-American visitor recently in our cherry tree … a boldly colored American Goldfinch.  This male gave a quick glance toward the camera and lens, and then the finch was off.

~ Anecdote and American Goldfinch capture, An All-American © Jerry L. Ferrara

     

Comet C2020F3 Neowise – Comet Structure

Comet Structure

Comet Structure

     The main subject in the frame shows Comet C2020F3 Neowise during its return journey to the solar system’s outer reaches, the postulated Oort Cloud. The round bright coma, the large dust tail and a slight hint of the ion [or gas] tail depict the comet structure. 7/19/20 2:33AM.

~ Anecdote and Comet C2020F3 Neowise capture, Comet Structure © Jerry L. Ferrara

Comet C2020F3 Neowise and Northern Lights – Streaming in the Boreal Light

Streaming in the Boreal Light

Streaming in the Boreal Light

     On July 13th I caught Comet C2020F3 Neowise against the Northern Lights. The edge of the aurora oval was just grazing our northern sky. The comet was Streaming in the Boreal Light.

~ Anecdote and Comet C2020F3 Neowise and Northern Lights capture, Streaming in the Boreal Light © Jerry L. Ferrara

Great Horned Owl – Just As The Light Passed Away

Just As The Light Passed Away

Just As The Light Passed Away

     It was deep into the terminus of a clement Texas day. The sun had retired from the hazy horizon, but its afterglow still dwelt in the landscape. As we moved without hurry through the refuge, our hope was for a glimpse of something in the crepuscular surroundings. That “something” almost always appeared just as aspirations waned. Perhaps this time it would be a saucy sow raccoon accompanied by her curious kits, or an industrious armadillo rooting around in the brush. Maybe, just maybe, we’d steal a brief glance at a bolting javelina as it torpedoed through the shadows by the side of the road.

     As the path wound this way and that, a stark visual unexpectedly loomed against the monochromatic twilight sky. A Great Horned Owl sat stoically in a tree, undoubtedly anticipating its next meal. To see a “predator in waiting” was both a thrill and a fortunate moment … just as the light passed away.

~ Anecdote and Great Horned Owl capture, Just As The Light Passed Away © Jerry L. Ferrara

Noctilucent Cloud with Comet C2020F3 Neowise – A Noctilucent Morn

A Noctilucent Morn

A Noctilucent Morn

     A Noctilucent Cloud, in conjunction with Comet C2020F3 [Neowise], grace the pre-dawn sky for a perfect Nocilucent Morn.

~ Anecdote and Noctilucent Cloud with Comet C2020F3 Neowise capture, A Noctilucent Morn © Jerry L. Ferrara

Bald Eagle – To See

To See

To See

Look out into your world,
there’s much for you to see.
Glean the landscape fine.
Rewards for you may be.

~ Poem and Bald Eagle capture, To See © Jerry L. Ferrara

African Lion and Burchell’s Zebra – Pandemonium

Pandemonium

Pandemonium

Quickly enters the cat
Where confusion is at
And pandemonium reigns
On Mara riverine plains

~ Poem and African Lion and Burchell’s Zebra capture, Pandemonium © Jerry L. Ferrara.  Kenya, Africa

Pine Siskin – A Stroll Along A Path Of Jewels

A Stroll Along A Path Of Jewels

A Stroll Along A Path Of Jewels

     I had intended mowing “the jungle” which was rapidly taking over the yard, but another rainy day put a hold on that activity. Instead, I grabbed a camera and lens and settled down on the porch. There I watched and imaged the seemingly never-ending parade of bird activity passing through this small part of the universe.

     Hours later, I reviewed what had been captured and this one was my favorite of the session … a Pine Siskin on one of our cherry trees. The small and spirited finch was in diligent quest of plant lice and mites. I especially liked the gem-like water droplets suspended from the stem, so I titled the shot A Stroll Along A Path Of Jewels.

~ Anecdote and Pine Siskin capture, A Stroll Along A Path Of Jewels © Jerry L. Ferrara

Elephant Seal – A Trail in the Aftermath of Passage

A Trail in the Aftermath of Passage

A Trail in the Aftermath of Passage

     A young Elephant Seal lolled surreptitiously in the gentle surf studiously observing the shore, waiting to make its move.  When a lull in the calamitous din within the beach-bound colony materialized, the seal knew the moment had arrived.  Struggling mightily in the soft sand, avoiding massive warring territorial bulls, the seal sought a safe, secluded spot.  It left a trail in the aftermath of passage.

~ Anecdote and Elephant Seal image, A Trail in the Aftermath of Passage © Jerry L. Ferrara