Tuesday, December 11, 2012

And Nature Takes Its Course


Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."


As I mentioned in an entry last week, I snapped a shot at around 8 P.M. of the Moon and Venus as seen from the pool deck. As usual, my camera does not do so well in darkness, but it did not do so badly in this instance.

The Moon And Venus
Click to enlarge the picture to view tiny Venus below the moon

 Below is a shot of the Catalina Mountains taken from the deck of the swimming pool. The feature that makes this photo different is the inclusion of the reflection of the scene from the water in the pool.


At the moment I can't locate the pictures of the wash overgrown with brush. When I find it I will post it in an upcoming  entry.

Here is an early morning shot of the mountain peaks in the North being illuminated by the sun rising in the Southeast.

Sunrise Near Tucson



the material world, especially as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities.
the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization.
the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
natural scenery.
the universe, with all its phenomena.

Wikipedia states:
"Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic."

Wikipedia also offers some fine examples and great photos regarding nature.




Birthday: December 11, 1944
Age:  67 years old

Brenda Mae Tarpley, known as Brenda Lee, is an American performer who sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 37 US chart hits during the 1960s. She is best known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", a US holiday standard for more than 50 years. Lee achieved her biggest success on the pop charts in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s with rockabilly and rock and roll-styled songs. Her biggest hits included "Jambalaya", "Sweet Nothin's",  "I Want to Be Wanted" , "All Alone Am I" and "Fool No. 1".

Birthday: December 11, 1882
Death Date:  January 5, 1970

Max Born was a German-British physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 30s. Born won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with Walther Bothe).

Birthday: December 11, 1931
Age:  80 years old

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

She also appeared in Singin' in the Rain, The King and I, Summer and Smoke (1961), West Side Story, The Night of the Following Day (1968) and Carnal Knowledge in (1971)

Birthday: December 11, 1949
Age:  62 years old

Terry Ann "Teri" Garr is an American actress and dancer best known for her roles in Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Tootsie, Mr. Mom, After Hours, One From the Heart and Friends.


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
--Albert Einstein

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