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On a nighttime amble tonight, as I returned home through a corner park, I noticed the moon had a halo. Not something I've seen, or at least noticed very often at all - simply a soft white ring of a dozen moons' radius or so. Ah, for a good camera and tripod!

And just before reaching the warren, I was reminded of something our hosts noted on New Year's Eve - that there was a rosemary bush growing wild just down the road. As I passed by, I kept an eye out - and there it is! A large rosemary bush, growing purely for its own ends. And now mine as well, muahahahaaa! (I'm particularly pleased, as I routinely use rosemary in tomato-based sauces, pizzas, and so on - dried rosemary is fine, but fresh herbs are so much more fun to play with, both for flavor, and just the aromas during preparation, especially with cilantro and basil, for my money)

Dinner: cheapy pepperoni pizza, a few very thin slices of good chorizo, oregano, few small cloves of garlic, sichuan pepper, two sardines, meat thereof, and half a sliced tomato. Half of that tonight, half tomorrow or Sunday, along with a simple salad of lettuce, sweet peppers, and the other half of the tomato, and a little near-zero fat (who needs all that oil in a dressing? Keep it where it can do some good! You won't find me advocating a fat-free cheesecake. ^_^) thousand island.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The halo around the moon indicates ice crystals way up high in the sky, and is a harbinger of a storm coming the next day (as you can see)

And I just clicked on the link, so you knew this already!
Need a tripod to take a picture of the moon with a halo? It's not moving very fast... :-)

-greg-
Actually, the Moon moves along at a really good clip -- it moves its own diameter in under two minutes. As a result you don't need a fixed tripod to get a good picture of the Moon; you need a motorized one fast enough to keep up with it.

-- Austin Dern
Eep! An excellent point.. a static tripod wouldn't give terribly good results. I wonder how long an exposure I'd actually need? I think the roomie's camera would like something around 2-5 seconds.

For that matter, are all digital still camera CCDs created equal, with regard to low light sensitivity?

Good to see both of you here! ^_^ (LJ doesn't require signup codes for free accounts any longer, as you've probably seen, so if you feel thusly inclined, you could set up an account quite easily)