Waxing and Gibbous

I finally have my astrophotography setup back together with a new camera and various accessories. Most amateur astronomers who are interestred in astrophotograpy ignore the Moon and try to image when its light is not washing out dimmer, deep sky objects. On the other...

October Rainbows

October seems to be the month that the combination of sun angle and weather patterns create the ideal conditions for rainbows at Balsam. When the sun came out after heavy rains this morning, we saw this looking from our deck toward Water Rock Knob. OLYMPUS DIGITAL...

Visitor in the night

Janie saw a bear on East Reach yesterday in the woods near our house. Lexi barked her disapproval for several hours after they returned home safely and then he/she must have decided to investigate what was making the awful noise this morning.

Memories of an amazing day

Four years ago today the total eclipse of the Sun brought friends and families together for an amazing event. It was a truly wonderful day at Balsam Mountain Preserve. Please enjoys a re-posted short video of the images and songs from a beautiful day....

Bob the snake

Bob is a 6 foot black snake and has been hanging around for several years. Twice I have found his shed skin on my workbench in the garage where presumably he ventured in search of mice. Due to Bob, we have seen very few mice. Last July he tried to come into the...