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Day 242

Another smokey Sunrise in /\/\onTana!  In eight photos…












(Note the two sunspots from Day 238 are still there in the upper right near the edge of the Sun.)




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Day 241

Well, the smoke of a thousand forest fires blew into town today, bringing this red, red Moon with it.  I had to resize it down to 75% to get the craters sharp.  The smoke is not a sharpening enhancement.


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Day 240

Toots and Lugnut head back to school!  3rd and 2nd grades.  And they had a great first day!


Photo by Dailylife Daughter #1!

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Day 239

A grain elevator in Fife.  You can see the sunspots pretty good here, too.


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Day 238

The smoke makes for a good way to observe the sun with your naked eye, or in this case camera, as well as illustrating the difference between lens focal lengths.  (Don’t stare at it with a telescope or binoculars…)

This is 300mm, 100% crop.


This is 400mm, 100% crop.


And this is just another photo to look at those sunspots with!  They are each much larger than the Earth.


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Day 237

Smokey sunrise in Fife, /\/\onTana!


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Day 236

This is up in Glacier County nearing Browning.  There should be the other side of the valley ahead, and Rocky Mountains…just smoke…


From the driver’s seat of a red Mercury MKZ!

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Day 235

I got to drive a fairly new Mercury MKZ to East Glacier today.  It is a very nice car…but with the seat all the way back and down I had one inch of space between the headliner and my head, and I hit the front visor with my forehead…other than that…

Well, it took about five minutes to start (no key, just a fob, but the start button was in the wrong place) and another five to get it in gear…no shift lever, just pushbuttons.  I haven’t driven one of those since late 1983 and my friend Mark’s mid 70’s Volvo in Germany!


A two photo panorama complements of my Samsung Galaxy s5.

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More sad news: Yvonne Craig has died.  She was an aspiring actress in the 60’s, best know for her role as Batgirl!

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She was in many other roles during her career; probably the least known (by name) was Marta, a green-skinned Orion slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk on Star Trek…

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More (from Wikipedia):

“Yvonne Joyce Craig (May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015) was an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s television series Batman, and as the Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy”. The Huffington Post called her a “a pioneer of female superheroes” for television….

In 1958 she appeared in an episode (“The Case of the Lazy Lover”) of the TV series Perry Mason alongside Neil Hamilton, who played her stepfather (coincidentally, Hamilton who would go on to play Gotham City police Commissioner James Gordon, Batgirl’s father, in Batman). In 1959 she appeared in three films—The Young LandThe Gene Krupa Story, and Gidget—and also guest-starred in TV series Mr. Lucky as Beverly Mills in the 1959 episode “Little Miss Wow”. In 1960, she appeared with Bing Crosby in High Time. In 1961, she appeared in Seven Women from Hell alongside Cesar Romero, who would later play the Joker in Batman.

Craig starred in roles with Elvis Presley in two films: It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964). She also starred in the 1966 cult sci-fi film Mars Needs Women and appeared in In Like Flint (1967) as a Russian ballet dancer opposite James Coburn.


In the 1960s, she moved to television, appearing in several shows, including The Barbara Stanwyck ShowVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Death Valley Days,Hennesey, and My Three Sons. Craig appeared five times on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, portraying five separate girlfriends for the titular character between 1959 and 1962. In 1969 Craig appeared on Star Trek as Marta, a green-skinned Orion slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk in a Season 3 episode called “Whom Gods Destroy”.

In a 1965 episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (“The Brain-Killer Affair”), she helps solve the mystery of a brain-endangering poison.[7] In 1966, she appeared as an U.N.C.L.E. employee in a theatrical film, One Spy Too Many (expanded from an episode from Season Two called “The Alexander the Greater Affair”). In a 1966 episode of The Wild Wild West (“The Night of the Grand Emir”), she played an assassin who performs an exotic Arabian dance. She also played a nurse in the U.S. Navy with exotic Arabian dance skills in an episode of McHale’s Navy (“Pumpkin Takes Over”, 1965). She appeared in an episode of The Big Valley with Lee Majors and Barbara Stanwyck. In a 1968 episode of The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (“Haunted Honeymoon”), she played a bride-to-be stranded overnight at Gull Cottage. In a 1970 episode of Land of the Giants (“Wild Journey”), she played one-half of a humanoid, time-observing duo (alongside Bruce Dern) who chase two of the Earth castaways (series stars Gary Conway and Don Marshall) into the past, ultimately forcing them to relive the flight that sent them to the giants’ planet.



Yvonne Craig as Batgirl in 1967

In September 1967, Craig acted her highest-profile role—as Batgirl—for the third and last season of the 1960s ABC TV series Batman. As Batgirl she wore a purple and yellow outfit and rode a “purple motorcycle with white lace trim”,[5] whereas as her alter ego Barbara Gordon she played the librarian daughter of Commissioner Gordon.[8] The New York Times praised her for “add[ing] a scrappy girl-power element” to a TV series it described as “campy”.[3]

Read more at the Wikipedia link!


A few other photos:

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Yvonne Craig - Batman (1960s)

(Love the Batbike!)

“Yvonne had a difficult time riding her Batcycle for the Batman show; the prop men took off the shock absorbers so they could fit batwings on it.”

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, 1960s


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More on Yvonne’s extensive career at:!








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Day 234

More on that Cedar Waxwing infestation…

Down he goes!




“Was it something I said?”


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