A Single Red

Though we had already experienced a hard freeze, a beautiful fall season was continuing into early November. A hearty lot, our miniature roses was making it through the cool evenings and early frosts. It would be a matter of time before they, too, would yield to the change of season.

Days after this photo was taken, we had our first snow of the 2014-15 winter season. It was also accompanied by the first round of bitter cold temperatures.

Our roses are beginning to green up now, waking from their winter slumber. They’ll produce their first blooms in late May and early June.

An Abstracted Eclipse

An abstracted view of the total lunar eclipse that occurred earlier this month.

moonrise, Friday evening (07:19 pm, Apr 03 2015)


eclipse nearing totality, Saturday morning (05:39 am, Apr 04 2015)


eclipse nearing totality, Saturday morning (05:41 am, Apr 04 2015)


off tripod and low in the sky, the fully-eclipsed moon setting behind the antenna farm on Cheyenne Mountain (05:58 am, Apr 04 2015)


off tripod and low in the sky, the fully-eclipsed moon setting behind the antenna farm on Cheyenne Mountain (05:59 am, Apr 04 2015)


out-of-focus view of the antenna farm, after moonset, on Cheyenne Mountain (06:01 am, Apr 04 2015)


Locally, there were several places where it was able to be observed with very little obstruction. For us, we have a decent view of the sky for astronomical viewing from the backyard. It is limited, by trees, when looking to the west and southwest. If the subject is low in the western sky, viewing is further restricted by the mountains.

While the line of sight to view the eclipse, or many other astronomical subjects, is much better from the garage roof, climbing a ladder in the dark is not recommended.



The final eclipse of this tetrad will occur on September 28, 2015. This graphic by NASA will indicate if the eclipse can be seen from your location.

Practice Unsettled

With their first show of the new season weeks away, my daughters have stepped up the tempo of their practice sessions. But, an unsettled weekend, weather-wise, made for changes in what they could do.

B&W conditions at the JN Ranch (Sat, Apr 18 2015)


Saturday was a challenge with the ever-changing conditions. It started with rain, which turned into sleet, before changing into snow, and fog rolling in for the afternoon. Their practice area had become a sloppy, muddy mess. Though the girls mounted up, they didn’t bother to ride the course of fences they laid out. They opted for short trail rides instead.

Secret Agent Man


Candace (Happy Girl)


While it had snowed for much of the night at the JN Ranch, very little, additional snow had accumulated on the ground. Deborah called Amanda to ask how the weather was Sunday morning. With patchy cloudiness, it was drying out quickly.

Back for practice, the girls laid out the course they planned to use on Saturday for the morning session but with lower fence heights. Though rain had passed through in the early afternoon, it didn’t soften the ground much. The afternoon session went rather well after the practice course was changed to the Nations Cup type of course they rode in Las Vegas last November. The girls bested their times they had in competition. The difference, of course, is in a practice session there is no pressure, no expectations.

Traditional Friday Catblogging

“A ‘Spring Black Friday’? I don’t think so.”


A certain home improvement chain has declared this weekend as “Spring Black Friday”. In other words, a weekend gardening sale. They forgot to ask a particular black cat about declaring a Black Cat Friday, being she’s the only black cat in the world.

After this morning’s round of snow, ice pellets, sleet, and slush, accompanied by lightning and thunder, outdoor gardening is not quite advisable in Colorado just yet. Though sunny skies have returned this afternoon, melting all the snow ice away, the ice assault was Mother Nature’s reminder on becoming too anxious about planting something outdoors. If this morning’s weather happened, say six weeks ago, we would be under a few inches of ice.