first snow of the year – outdoor adventure day
first time with sustained snow play for many
running, jumping, sticks, snow angels, footprints, chasing,
snow picnic, snow story, snowballs, duck,duck,polar bear game,
lost mittens, noses running, rosy cheeks
eating lots and lots and lots of snow
one said it was the best snack in the world
and it just might be.
“there is no land like the land of your childhood.”
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The first publicly released image from the James Webb Space Telescope, showing countless galaxies and multiple arcs where the combined gravity of those galaxies magnifies light from background objects, bringing even more distant galaxies into view. — NASA NASA Administrator Bill Nelson described the image to President Biden, saying all the stars and galaxies it encompassed were located in an area of space the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone standing on Earth.
“We’re looking back more than 13 billion years,” he said. “That light that you are seeing has been traveling for over 13 billion years, and by the way, we’re going back farther. This is just the first image. They’re going back about thirteen-and-a-half billion years. And since we know the universe is 13.8 billion years old, we’re going back almost to the beginning.”
NASA plans to release additional “first light” images Tuesday, photos designed to showcase Webb’s ability to chart the details of stellar evolution, from starbirth to death by supernova, to study how galaxies form, merge and evolve and to probe the chemical composition of atmospheres around planets orbiting other stars.
This initial Webb deep field released Monday promises to rewrite the astronomy books yet again, providing the data needed to fill in many of the major gaps in the history of the universe, perhaps even providing the framework to determine when — and how — the first massive stars formed, exploded and seeded the cosmos with the heavy elements that make life possible.
“the size and age of the cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding.
lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home.”
-carl sagan, cosmos
source credit: nasa
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kinder in their natural habitat capturing the ever-elusive giant stick
“live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.”
-henry david thoreau Like this: Like Loading...
kinder frame the natural beauty found around them
“if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
-laura ingalls wilder Like this: Like Loading...
a sidewalk homage to success
as the first spaceX crew dragon spacecraft “Endeavour” with a human crew
returns american nasa astronauts and best friends, bob and doug, to earth
“i don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.”
– john glenn, american astronaut
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kinders create a long journey.
“in wisdom gathered over time
I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”
-ansel adams Like this: Like Loading...
kinders explore light and shadows.
‘find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light, and the dark which that thing provides.’
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while watching the little league game
i caught a glimmer of shiny blue movement
out of the corner of my eye
and suddenly there appeared
a shimmery mermaid
all scales and tails
coming from far away
skipping onto the field
staying safe in the background
to see just what
this other world was all about
and in an instant
she was skipping off again
returning to the safe world she knew
in the great bathtub sea .
“it’s fun to peek into other people’s worlds
and see how they go about doing things.”
-norah jones Like this: Like Loading...
so it begins
writing a book with two of the grandies
have a story
have no idea
where it will go
the possibilities are endless
that is what makes it so exciting.
“writing is an exploration.
you start from nothing and learn as you go.”
-e. l. doctorow Like this: Like Loading...
science day today
shared their science
with the children
all of it
trying to make some sense
of the world
scottish highland longhair cows with horns
and turning into
right before their eyes
oils and flowers and salts
to soothe them in the bath
when they are tired or hurt
so much excitement
the world is filled
with endless possibilities
most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.
they are wrong: it is character.
– albert einstein Like this: Like Loading...