My belated photo of the solar eclipse

It wouldn’t be “me” if I posted everything in a timely manner.

On August 21, a total solar eclipse crossed the United States. In my part of NE Ohio, I think we only had 80% – which is still better than nothing haha. But of course, in typical NE Ohio fashion, it’s cloudy and crummy whenever there’s supposed to be something of interest happening in the sky… and it was no different that Monday afternoon.

I took this with my trusty point-and-shoot… and, GASP… I didn’t use a solar filter or anything to protect my lens! And I took glances at the eclipse while wearing my dad’s welder glasses. Sometimes I’m a rebel.

Do you see that little crescent? That’s the eclipse! So I have my own photographic proof of it. 🙂

DSCN0212 - partial solar eclipse


Sun Setting Soon on 2016 (photo)


taken with a Nikon s9600

This photo is of a recent sunset. Lately our skies have been very dreary and blah, so when I saw this about two weeks ago, I knew that I needed to capture it.

This is likely my last post of 2016. Tomorrow I am relaxing, then simple evening festivities (lots of snacks and playing various games with my parents). I’m planning on an obligatory new-year post for Sunday.

I want to thank everyone who has read my blog this year, and leaving the occasional comment. I sincerely appreciate it all.

I pray that everyone has a fun but safe New Year’s Eve. See you all in 2017!

Lycoperdon (photo)


Taken with my Nikon s9600

I noticed this previously unseen mushroom in our backyard this summer. Each puffball wasn’t that big. And just now, with a quick Google search, I think it’s either  Lycoperdon curtisii or Lycoperdon echinatum. I can’t really tell because I don’t remember if they turned brown when they matured, and the size ranges for both seem like it could be these ‘shrooms.

My dad sometimes goes through intense fads of hobbies, and a few years ago it was mushroom identification and cooking. Whenever he’d walk the dog, he’d take bits of whatever mushrooms he’d find and then try to identify them at home. And if he deemed it safe to eat, he tried to have my mom cook them. I personally do not like mushrooms at all, so I didn’t care for the whole thing and was glad when my dad’s interest faded away haha.

But I thought these looked kinda cute, and I wanted to see if my camera would get some nice detail of them.