Sunday, May 25, 2014

Camelopardalids in the UAE

Camelopardalids in the UAE

Camelopardalids in the UAE

Posted: 25 May 2014 01:17 PM PDT

Not so much luck here in the United Arab Emirates as it was well widely announcee event and a lot of spectators waited in different parts of the city. This shot was taken in the highest peak in the UAE.

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More Camelopardalids Meteor Shower Over Craggy Gardens

Posted: 25 May 2014 07:43 AM PDT

A few more long exposures from the Camelopardalids meteor shower. A star formation and another showing the International Space Station passing by. The other is a long exposure of the Milky Way Galaxy that happened to catch a meteor streaking by all over Craggy Pinnacle's peak. Temperatures were in the high 30's to low 40's with a stiff Northwest wind but the conditions were worth it.

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Presidential Elections in Ukraine

Posted: 25 May 2014 07:30 AM PDT

Presidential elections are finally taking place in Ukraine! It's a day we have all been waiting for as a day of closure of Revolution of Dignity. This election is a victory over Yanukovich and Putin! There is still a lot of work ahead of all of us, but Revolution succeeded – we got a chance to start electing new political elite and to build new systems of holding those in power accountable.

In Kiev participation in the voting is the highest I personally ever remember! I had to wait for over an hour for my chance to vote, some of my friends reported two hour lines! People are willing to wait in lines for a few hours, after we have been fighting for this chance since November!

While standing in a long line I didn't notice anger or irritation in spite of inefficient process. If anything, people seem to look at the crowd around them with pride, happy to see that many came to contribute to this important national decision, that many are not avoiding the inconvenience of the wait.

Something unusual for Ukrainians is to strike conversations with strangers waiting in line. Normally people would stand silently. But today there was a lot of chatter. People were encouraging each other, reminding that this was wonderful to have a problem of such high participation that we had to stand in line, remembering other times when hardly anybody came to vote. Older people noted how many younger ones were there today!

In some ways these crowds are mini-extensions of Maidan (protests on Independence Square that took place between Nov 2013 and Feb 2014) – it's people who care about future of Ukraine and feel personal responsibility for it. Many came to vote wearing Ukrainian traditional clothes. They look into the future with hope and determination to contribute to building new Ukraine!

Elections are complicated in Eastern regions of Ukraine where armed Russian terrorists and some Ukrainian collaborators are harassing members of district election commissions, threatening their personal safety and safety of their families.

On May 22 the work of 18 out of 34 election commissions in Donetsk and Lugansk regions have been stopped fully or partially by representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. The Committee of Voters of Ukraine predicted that because of "ongoing acts of terrorism and armed insurgency" 10% of Ukrainian population would be unable to vote. Terrorists in Lugansk and Donetsk region are warning citizens not to go to polls to vote threatening explosions.

Never in the history of Ukraine we had to fight so hard for our right to elect President and to influence the long-term future of our country. Never before we have treasured this right like we do now!

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Camelopardalids in Northern Washington

Posted: 24 May 2014 12:27 PM PDT

North Central Washington state has some of the darkest skies in the United Sates. We spent the night in our SUV on an abandoned road near Steamboat Rock State Park. The Camelopardalids meteor shower was mostly a bust if you judge it by the low meteor count. However, we did see some great even had a smoke trail! Unfortunately, my camera wasn't shooting that direction. To be honest, I thought I came home with nothing. However while editing photos, I was pleasantly surprised to see I captured a few great shots of the fireballs.


Canon 7d
Sigma 10mm Fisheye

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Camelopardalids Meteor Shower Over WNC

Posted: 24 May 2014 12:19 PM PDT

The debris field of 209P/LINEAR passed through Earth's atmosphere on the morning of May 24th, 2014. Picture's taken were from the Craggy Gardens Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. The mountain in the background is Craggy Pinnacle (5,892 ft above sea level).

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New Mexico Rain Storm

Posted: 23 May 2014 10:30 PM PDT

Steam rises off of a field covered in hail near Carlsbad, NM on Friday, May 23, 2014. Rain is expected to continue in the drought-stricken region through Memorial Day weekend.

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Lightning Strikes Freedom Tower

Posted: 23 May 2014 07:03 PM PDT

At the onset of Memorial Day weekend, a thunderstorm raided the greater New York City area. A glimpse of Freedom Tower taking a few bolts from the sky. Clicked from across the Hudson River in Jersey City.

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Mayim Bialik on Big Bang Theory & LEGOLAND

Posted: 23 May 2014 03:08 PM PDT

I ran into Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory) at the opening ceremony of the LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park. The Water Park is based on the popular cartoon series "Legends of Chima."


Check out my video and photos! Last photo is a sneak peak of the rebuilding of the Golden Gate Bridge for MINILAND!!!

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