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Our Visitor

Our Visitor
This is an Eastern Towhee. He has made a home in our Carson City backyard. We have named him Louise! We think he is lost. I have not heard of one being in Northern Nevada before. We are thoroughly enjoying watching him in the early morning and evening.


February snow, Mills Park

February snow, Mills Park
I was driving by during the snow and I thought I'd stop to take a few photos. There was no one else in the park...till a sheriff drove by, to check out what I was doing.


Freezing Fog- "Pogonip"

Freezing Fog- "Pogonip"
Postcard picture of "Pogonip" (ice fog) in Virginia City, Nevada. Circa 1907

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ice fog is a type of fog consisting of fine ice crystals suspended in the air. It can happen only in cold areas of the world since water can remain liquid down to -40 C (-40 F). It should be distinguished from diamond dust, a precipitation of sparse ice crystals falling from a clear sky.

In the western United States, ice fog is commonly known as pogonip. It occurs very rarely during cold winter spells, usually in deep mountain valleys. Ice fog can be quite common in interior and northern Alaska, since the temperature frequently drops below -40 C (-40 F) in the winter months. Pogonip only forms under specific conditions, the humidity has to be near 100% as the air temperature drops to well below 0 C (32 F), allowing ice crystals to form in the air. The ice crystals will then settle onto surfaces.

The name pogonip is an English adaptation of the Shoshone word meaning "cloud" (payinappih). The English-speaking settlers who encountered this unpleasant and sometimes scary phenomenon when they went out West in the 1800s needed a word for it and they borrowed it from local populations.

Supposedly, western Native Americans called it "frozen death" because it took so many lives from upper respiratory infections.

In The Old Farmer's Almanac, in the calendar for December, the phrase "Beware the Pogonip" regularly appears. In Smoke Bellew Jack London described Pogonip which happened to the main characters, killing one of them.


Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse of December 2010 was the first total lunar eclipse in almost 3 years, since the February 2008 lunar eclipse.

It is the second of two lunar eclipses in 2010. The first was a partial lunar eclipse on June 26, 2010.

The eclipse was the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice (Southern Summer Solstice) since 1638, and only the second in the Common Era.

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Hawk having lunch on my roof.

Hawk having lunch on my roof.

Waterfall Fire   July 2004

Waterfall Fire July 2004

Ondatra zibethicus AKA Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus AKA Muskrat
Out on a leisurely swim in the Mexican Ditch.

The muskrat is found in wetlands and is a very successful animal over a wide range of climates  and habitats. It plays an important role in nature and is a resource of food and fur for humans, as well as being an introduced species in much of its present range. Read more @wikipedia


Horse with Style

Horse with Style
This horse, part of the Pinion Hills Herd seems proud of his hairdo and doesn't mind showing it off for us.


This is  a  _Desert  Peach_

This is a _Desert Peach_
Can you Identify this plant? It grows along the edge of the Mexican Ditch and blooms in May.

Update-- It's a Desert Peach. Thanks To Jeff for the ID.
Wikipedia info


New Foal for the Pinion Hills Herd

New Foal for the Pinion Hills Herd
This little guy is one of several new foals that make up the "Pinion Hills Herd".


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