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One of our photos taken from the car while traveling to Vancouver BC Canada to see one of our Daughters/Hubby and Grand Children ~ If your in British Columbia it is a must see.

SHO hubble pallette North America Nebula + Pelican Nebula.


SHO color tweaks using Rick Stevenson's ColorMask script (PixInsight)


Canon 200L @ f/2.8 + SBIG STT-8300M, AP Mach1 GTO

astrodon 5nm filters

SII 13x1200s

Ha 7x1200s

OIII 11x1200s


total 10h20m

If you watched my video "How the Earth was made," you may recognize this drop as the last in the series.

LIFE Nature Library.

Author: Peter Farb

Time Life Books, 1964.

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000 or Caldwell 20) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, close to the bright star Deneb and lies around 1600 light years distant.


TS 80mm Triplet

TS 2" FF

Canon 550D modified

Astronomik cls and 12nm Ha clip filters

ISO 800 rgb

ISO 1600 Ha

Processed using Photoshop.


I was in a field, tracking a Ceraunus Blue (a very small butterfly) when a flash of orange caught my eye.

I watched it land on this Common Beggar-Tick, and was amazed at how tiny it was--- I'd never seen one like it.


It was probably about 6mm from nose to back end. The flower was about 2cm across.

This little beauty let me follow it around and get quite a few shots. I was thrilled :))


I think this flower is Common Beggar-tick, Shepherd's needle, Spanish needle or quite a few other names.

I also found it as Bidens Alba or Bidens Pelosi, so if you know, I'd appreciate the input!


Southern Skipperling

(Copaeodes minima)




I am continuing my theme this week of reflecting lakes from iconic North American locations.


This one is from Schwabacher Landing in the spectacular Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.


I was lucky to have some wonderful still conditions and a pretty in pink sunrise on this particular morning.


My dream image would also include a moose standing in the foreground pond - I have seen images of them at this location - oh well maybe next time!


I hope that you enjoy and have a good evening!

Yellowstone National Park




Some of my best images from the trip to Yellowstone were my otter images which I love, so here is another one, and there will probably be more.

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