A 212-Hour Exposure of Orion

Image Credit & Copyright: Stanislav Volskiy, Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200329.ht #APoD

A Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) that had just emerged from its pupa and resting before flying off. Spotted at Tampines Eco Green, Singapore, on 29 March 2020.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/4 ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Butterflies #Lepidoptera

A common Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) spotted at Sin Ming Drive, Singapore, on 28 March 2020.

Getting shots of it can be a bit of a challenge since they tend to fly away when you approach and you have to be close to get proper shots of this small bird. This particular bird didn't seem to mind me getting to within 2-3 metres of it.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/4 ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Birds #Aves

This bird's new to me: apparently it's an American pipit, also known as a buff-bellied pipit, a small ground-nesting insectivore. I spotted several of them walking around in the grass next to a bike path that's just been closed down, though I could see them from the sidewalk with a zoom lens.


#birds #photo #pipit #nature

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Today I uploaded a few observations of Canada #Geese to #iNaturalist today. For your weekend, enjoy some adorable goslings: inaturalist.org/observations/4.

The King Parrots popped back just now, but there was no seed, so the Male (red one) whistled at me and waited until I put seed out, whereby the female (green one) joined him. They're both happily crunching seed right now.
#bird #birb #AustralianWildlife #KingParrot #photo #nature

One of the books in the second-hand book store caught his eye. He picked it up.
"So what is your story?"
"Read me," the book said.
"No, not the story on your pages. Your story."
"My story?"
"You look like you've traveled, and been loved. Where have you been? Tell me your story."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Screenshot: a selection of random panels from the production of future episode 32 "The Battlefield" (coming soon).
#krita #webcomic

Tater was all whiskers and green saucer eyes with a cat attached.

Silent but not deadly, that was Tater. One minute you're alone the next; you'd have a lap full of purrs.

Nothing really fazed Tater.... then the puppy arrived.

She yowled and the puppy howled.

She hid and the puppy seeked.

The puppy could not be purred into submission. Even grooming didn't help.

Then she figured out how to give it belly rubs, and all was well once more.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Caturday

Happy to get shots of this Banded Skimmer (Pseudothemis jorina) at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 28 March 2020. I spotted it there on an earlier visit but couldn't get shots then.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/4 ]. According to my iNat observations, I last spotted one back in 2016.

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Dragonflies #Odonata

Record shots of a White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) spotted moving in a shaded part of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 28 March 2020. Was lucky to spot it: a case of being in the right place at the right time.

The White-rumped Shama is an uncommon resident bird and, unfortunately, a popular song bird in the wildlife trade.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/4 ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Birds #Aves

M44 -The Beehive Cluster - is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. From a dark site it is visible as a fuzzy patch with the unaided eye. Image from Wednesday: 20cm f3.9 Newtonian telescope, 11 min L, 2 min each RGB. #astrophoto

The decreased movement of people during COVID-19 detectable on seismometers.

"The Royal Observatory of Belgium posted the graph demonstrating the decreased seismic noise on social media.""


Here's a little #florespondence from my walk with the dog today.

The larger is an American Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) and the smaller ones are Tiny Bluets (Houstonia caerulea). Both show up all over this area as soon as Spring arrives and provide a welcome pop of spring colors after the dreariness of Winter.

Singapore is not (yet) in full lockdown, but have put in restrictions on crowd sizes and on crowding.

"From spaced-out queues to enter malls to the use of alternate stools at hawker centres, safe distancing was largely in place across the island yesterday, as strict new rules kicked in to limit crowds and minimise close contact in public areas."


Article, with video, on an interview with the PM of Singapore on the local COVID-19 and economic situation.

"SINGAPORE: On Friday (Mar 28), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about what lies ahead for Singapore amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also addressed questions from the media in a doorstop interview."


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