Thursday, August 15, 2019

Positively spriteful

Amazing picture of electrical sprites rising over a thunderstorm.  Since the instructions are "Retweet Only", you'll just have to click below on the caption:

Captured my most detailed jellyfish sprite lightning event last night over NE Oklahoma. A good 30 or so mile wide structure almost reaching to the clouds.

Below, a picture of sprites observed from above, in space.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lighthouse of the Week, August 11-17, 2019: Osinovezckiy Lighthouse

Obviously, the Great Lakes dominate the world in terms of the number of lighthouses on their coasts.  I wondered which other lakes in the world had lighthouses, and a few do - Lake Garda in Italy, Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lake Baikal in Russia, and this one, on Lake Ladoga, also in Russia.

It's also a good-looking classic lighthouse.

The Lighthouse Directory says:
" 1905. Active; focal plane 74 m (243 ft); flashing light, white, red or green depending on direction. 70 m (230 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. ... The light marks the west side of the entrance to the southernmost bay of the lake, leading to the Neva entrance. Located on a headland near the southwestern corner of the lake near Kokorevo, about 50 km (30 mi) northeast of St. Petersburg."
It's supposedly the eight-tallest "traditional" lighthouse in the world, however that is defined.  While the Lighthouse Directory says it's 243 feet, Wikipedia says it's only 230 feet tall.    It was also an important landmark for people desperate enough to escape across the lake during the Siege of Leningrad.

Here are some pictures:

Monday, August 12, 2019

Oh yeah - the Ashes

After England's crazy, unlikely to the max, victory in cricket's one-day format World Cup, expectations were high that England would do great in the Test season, especially the famed Ashes 5-Test series against Australia.

Well, maybe not so much, at least not yet.

They looked OK in a warm-up test against Ireland, but they lost their top bowler, Jimmy Anderson, to injury early in the first Ashes Test and they aren't sure when they're getting him back. England proceeded to lose that first Test, and it wasn't real close.

The next Ashes Test starts on August 14.  According to the articles, England is thinking over their batting order and adding a hot bowler, Jofra Archer.

Could be interesting.

One article, 50 beaches

I saw this article on the Daily Mail Web site, of course, and I expected that of the 50 top beaches in the world that it lists, I would not have been to any of them.  Now, I am not someone that seeks out new beach experiences on every vacation (I look for different things to do, and especially breathtaking scenery if I can find it), but I have been to a few beaches.

So it turns out that I've been near a couple of them (but not actually on them), and I've actually been on three of them.    Given that I haven't visited any really exotic places, I wonder if you can figure out which ones.

Have you been to any of them?

The 50 best beaches in the world for 2019 revealed, from a horn-shaped bay in Croatia to paradise in Australia and CORNWALL - so does YOUR favourite make the cut?

I haven't been to this one, but it's one I'd like to visit - in the Seychelles.  (This is a different picture than the one in the article.)

Julia Lescova has a baby, too

A couple of posts ago I noted that Eliza Dushku, Julia Lescova, and Amy Jackson were all very close to giving birth.  Well, soon after, Eliza reported she'd graduated to motherhood, and Lescova shared her first baby picture 5 days ago as I write this.  She put hearts over the baby's face but she had a girl, if you want to check out her Instagram.  Be warned - there are also pictures of a very pregnant, very pretty woman.  That's definitely not a bad thing, but it's not appealing to everyone.

Next on the list of very pretty, very pregnant women:  Joanna Krupa.

On Highway 41 - Manchester, TN's archaeological park

Manchester, Tennessee, has a nice park adjacent to it. So that's where we'll explore next.

Entrance to Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. This place is a bit interesting, so in addition to the entrance here, I'll include a couple of panoramas. After all, if I was making this trip for real, I'd want to see what was here.

By the river

Big Falls

Little Falls

Remains of a building

Just past the park entrance, Highway 41 crosses the Duck River that runs through the park. The Little Duck River joins the Duck River in the park. Glad we cleared that up.

Next time we'll get to Murfreesboro.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Bianca Kmiec continues to amaze

She's from California and she's extraordinary.  There should be no limit on what this young woman can accomplish.

I don't know what her breakthrough into major fame is going to be, but I'm still certain there will be one.

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