Wednesday, July 24, 2013
FROM SUNSET TO SUNSET: SOME BIRDS, SOME BEES, TINY TIM AND (THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ROLL IN PHOTO BLOG)
We are back to Hot and Dry in Texas with no rainclouds on the radar. Some may think all is quiet in the skies, but they would be incorrect! Something is always going on in the skies! Just Look Up! Tonight for your viewing pleasure, Fat Sissy is going to roll in the Dog Days of Summer! (Her only trick). Next, I brought You some of the third batch of baby cardinals who are still spotty until the red feathers grow in. Then there is Tiny Tim who is a baby squirrel without a squirrel tail. And, Yes, more bumblebees collecting pollen. All of this in the last 24 hours! Remember nothing stays the same-everything changes! Enjoy!
The Golden Haze of Yesterdays Sunset:
Today's Sunset Clouds: There were no clouds in the sky today that anyone (except me) could see. I caught the beautiful swirls as they changed colors!
Fat Sissy is Rolling In the Dog Days of Summer:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The phrase dog days refers to the sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, which typically observe the warmest summer temperatures. In the Southern Hemisphere, they typically occur in January and February, in the midst of the austral summer.
The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2).
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a red dog in April to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies." according to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria, 1813.
In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days ran from July 24th through August 24th, or, alternatively, from July 23 through August 23rd. In many European cultures (German,French, Italian) this period is still said to be the time of the Dog Days.
The Third Batch of Baby Cardinals:
Tiny Tim was born with a possum tail instead of a squirrel tail. Anybody know why?
Bumblebees collecting Pollen and Drink!
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time. Dog Days are for water and watermelon-all You want of both! Take Care of You! Big Hugs to All-