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Eclipse view of the Sun's magnetic field

Total Eclipse Pic

I'm finally taking a stab at processing my photos from an August trip to Wyoming to view North America's recent total solar eclipse. This pic from during totality is processed to highlight the magnetic field lines at play around the sun. You'll notice there are 3 prominences on the right, giant plasma filaments that follow localized magnetic fields. Do those fields help create the prominences? Do the prominences cause the fields? I don't think we know the answer to that yet.

These magnetic field lines and prominences are constantly changing and form a fingerprint for eclipse events. Many photographers and solar astronomers can tell which event pictures were taken on by examining those fingerprints.

Sloan Canyon Rainbow

I drove out last night to the petroglyph canyon parking area at Sloan NCA during the tail end of the weather system working it's way through the area. Took a few moments to pick up a large mess of shotgun shells (booo!) and take in what scenery I could. With the sun getting low I was fortunate enough to catch this near-double rainbow shimmering over the North McCullough range.

The Opposite of Desert Life

Wooden Boat Festival

I'm visiting Washington's Olympic Peninsula for a week or so. With year-long snow-capped mountains, rain forests and a solid martime culture it's quite far away from life in the desert southwest. And as much as I enjoy desert life, each time I come up and visit this area it grows on me more and more. I don't believe I'd mind long stretches of cold cloud cover, tall trees and moss-covered...everything. This may just be because I don't live here, however. What I do know for certain is, I could totally live on that boat.

Preserving America's Favorite Places   

Japan Turning Abandoned Golf Courses Into Solar Power Generators   

More out-of-the-box thinking from Not the USA. If we're going to do utility-scale solar generation it should do it in places like this.