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A thermosolar power plant in southern Israel. My first experience with a drone.

Solarized macro photo of automotive taillight.

Day two of cirrus sky although today produced the better sun halo

Rows of Solar Panels at a 1 Megawatt solar array in West Texas.

I will never forget the Sunset on the night of the last Lunar Eclipse, I admit I've posted a few of my shots from that evening but it was a moment in time I will never forget, as well as lending rich pickings for photos.


Yes those are solar panels on the ground welcoming the light or should I say last of it that day. Thanks to my girlfriend's quick driving I was able to go to numerous locations and get the sunset as it dipped further and further down. So thanks again to Vera for the opportunity!!


How is everyone's New Year start off to? All good I hope and so as always, thank you! :)


Solar Powered Leo cat is soaking up the sunshine on a cold day, he did turn over a few times, shot in North Carolina.

Solar Energy - August 21 2020 - Expressionism Van Gogh BC - TS2 LR


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A lonely road leads to the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in the California desert near the Nevada border.


“I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind. Light, be it particle or wave, has force: you can rig a giant sail and go. The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff”


― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


I love this quote, and have been waiting for an image to pair with it. This morning I came across this unusual web and knew instantly that I had found it.


Fairly sizeable prominence on today's Sun.

Solar Heat : Pentax-K1 + HDPentax-DFA 450mmf/5.6 EDDCAW : Handheld

The solar eclipse at sunrise 26/12/219 - Qatar

Marina Park, Alviso, CA


The drought in California continues. We rarely see a lot of cloud under solar halo in the sky.




火車已經想不出甚麼點子了,請大家將就著點看吧! :-)


The solar eclipse at sunrise 26/12/219 - Qatar

Solar eclipse as viewed from Mumbai. 21st June, 2020.


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Roof over a bench on the Bicentennial Bikeway beside a spiffy solar lamp which was shining bright despite the sunny day.

An image captured in Hydrogen Alpha of our Sun. This is a false coloured partial capture of the Solar disc showing a prominence.


This was captured on 14th May, 2020 from my backyard in the UK.


Equipment used :

Sky-watcher 120mm Evostar Achro

Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Eyepiece

Point Grey Blackfly mono CMOS

I am not really an astrophotographer. I don't even know what's the best way to capture a solar eclipse and I am 100% that there is a gazillion of other much nicer pictures of the eclipse. This, however, is what I was able to get using my cheap superzoom lens and stacking 2 9stop ND filters. Unfortunately the next solar eclipse will be in like 20 years from now so I guess i will not get to practice shooting at it a lot! :-)


Here in New Hampshire we got roughly 60% maximum coverage of the sun, and that's how it looked through my lens.

This is a very large species, growing to at least 140 mm. Phyllodesmium longicirrum contains photosynthetic zooxanthellae, which allow it to draw energy from sunlight, hence its common name, the solar-powered phyllodesmium.[3] This is actually a misleading name, as several other species of Phyllodesmium are also capable of photosynthesis, although this is developed to the greatest extreme in this species.Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Mt Coolum taken from east side of Mt Ninderry. It was another 3 am start to see the sunrise from the top of Ninderry but it was too overcasted and the sunrise was a non event. Slightly disapointed with the pictures we had taken so far we decided to pack up and go. Just as we were about to leave the sun light started to filtrate from between the clouds giving this amazing view. One of the ironic things about this picture is that the sun started to shine quite strongly in the area where the new Sunshine Coast Solar Farm (Valdora) is being built. Good spot for a solar farm I say.

The solar eclipse at sunrise 26/12/219 - Qatar


"The Solar Strider wanders the barren wastes of the west, a relic of an advanced age. Needing no sustenance save for the light of the sun, it appears to never deviate from its mission. The strider's purpose seems to have been lost to the winds however, eroded from history like the winds reduce the mightiest of boulders to mere grains of sand..."


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So it's been over a year since I posted anything on Flickr, but that's not to say I haven't been active, and watching from the shadows...


For 2020, I hope to put out more builds than I did last year (which is to say, more than none), but only time will tell if that will ever happen.


In the meantime, here's a build that uses Dark Flesh / Metru Brown as its primary colour, which is not one you see all that often.


Happy New Year, and see you soon!

I liked the way the petals seem to stream out from the florets at the center of this sunflower...made me think of a solar wind from a dark star

morning sun shining through a solar lantern in a plum tree :)

Student parking at Michigan State University at night. MSU has installed solar panels in 5 parking lots to create the largest solar installation in the State of Michigan (peak power 10.5 MW). Half moon is in the sky between the arrays.

Solar Power station (250m high) in the Negev Desert, near Ashalim. It produces around 2% of the total electricity in Israel.

Solar Power station (250m high) in the Negev Desert, near Ashalim. It produces around 2% of the total electricity in Israel.

The cold air seemed to stop the sunrise as the spectacular illuminated clouds reflected and diffracted the light of morning. Time vanished into the immensity of creation where no thought or dream could go and distort. The wisping white clouds stretched the full width of sky like a veil covering the deep, rich blue firmament which now hid the stars. A distinct ring, precisely 22 degrees away from the solar disk, added a brightness and stunning yellow color cast surrounding the energetic source of light. No one was there to see, alone in the cosmos without a center, the mind was silent and still without a desire to hold the beauty displayed. No wind or even gust of air disturbed the stillness of this new day that will only end when time returns to the mind.

A picture of our Sun shot in Hydrogen Alpha. This partial capture of the Solar disc has been false coloured and shows active prominences on the limb. The Solar disc has been masked in black.


This was captured on 20th May, 2020 from my backyard in the UK.


Equipment used :


Sky-watcher 120mm Evostar Achro

Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Eyepiece

Point Grey Blackfly mono CMOS

Couldn't help but notice how flat this Swallowtail was holding his wings - like solar panels to soak up all the suns warmth and energy possible.


It was almost noontime and already the day was sweltering hot so it probably didn't take too long to get all charged up.


Seen in the Children's Garden at Dauset Trails Nature Center.


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. . . My picture of the solar halo yesterday did not show the complete arc, so I tried merging it with another shot, and it sort of worked. The computer had a hard time matching up the parts of the circle, but it gives a really great view of this event!


Taken just south of Mesick, MI at the Hodenpyl Scenic Turnout on M-37. Have a great week Facebook, Flickr, and 500px friends!




Flowers, courtesy of PD.


Sun courtesy of NASA.


Effects created in DDG.


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