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50 Years Ago Today – July 20th

Posted in Photography, Science with tags , , , on July 20, 2019 by kozmicdogz

July 20, 1969 the first humans stepped foot on the moon, the smaller rotating ball of rock, dust, and craters that revolves around the earth every 28 days. It effects our oceans, our moods, and has inspired generations to think of someplace else, to think what could be.

Neil Armstrong famously said when stepping from the lunar landing module onto the moon, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Apollo 11 brought man to the moon, now let’s see if we can make another great leap and keep our planet from becoming as barren a place as the moon is today.

The above photo of the moon is from the Project Apollo Archive on Flickr. Thousands of photos that can be used for free.

Happy Moon Walk Day!


Posted in Photography, Science with tags , , on January 30, 2019 by kozmicdogz

Driving home from work there was more traffic than usual.

Inching along, bumper to bumper,

Looking for an accident, a reason for the backup.

As I got closer to the bridge I saw the reason for the slow down.

It was one in a series of January sunsets that were magnificent.

Feeling good for the first time all day.


Posted in Environment, Richmond, Science on September 2, 2016 by kozmicdogz


Have been waiting for September to arrive as it has been a long hot summer. Not the hottest, but a most uncomfortable summer this year.

Now September is here, the month of hurricanes. Isabel and Irene come to mind and the Tropical Storm Gaston. And there were others that have wrecked havoc on our city and our lives.

Now we have Hermine pictured above with the projected path as of Friday morning. Just a glance for us, but it could change. I hope it doesn’t.

Ready for the cool autumn breezes and cleansing rain of leaves.

August 9, 1945 – Nagasaki

Posted in Photography, Politics, Science with tags , , on August 9, 2016 by kozmicdogz



Seventy one years ago today (August 9, 2016) the United States released the second atomic bomb on Japan, on the city of Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 on the battleship USS Missouri.

World War II was always a part of my childhood. My father was in World War II as were most of the fathers of kids I knew. The War has colored many things in the politics and directions our country has taken for many years and still does. I remember the time when I realized that my youngest daughter was further away from the end of the Vietnam War than I was from the end of WWII. Something that seemed way in the past. Ancient history.

Mushroom cloud photo by Charles Levy taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.

Photos From Space

Posted in Environment, Photography, Science with tags , , , on July 3, 2016 by kozmicdogz


The Project Apollo Archive NASA site on flickr. Thousands of photographs of the Apollo Missions to the moon.

Any yes the earth is definitely round.

Have an amazing 4th of July!


Happy Earth Day – April 22, 2016

Posted in Environment, Science with tags , on April 22, 2016 by kozmicdogz


The 46th Anniversary of the first Earth Day which took place on April 22, 1970.

 Photo of the earth from NASA.

Tree Walk

Posted in Environment, Richmond, Science with tags , , , , on April 11, 2016 by kozmicdogz

Saturday April 9, we participated in a Tree Walk at the James River Park’s Pony Pasture.

David Welker talking Pawpaw fruit.

David Welker talking Pawpaw fruit.

The walk was a part of a class sponsored by the Blue Heron Outdoor School and this particular walk was lead by David Welker.

Silver Maple with its' many trunks.

Silver Maple with its’ many trunks.

Some of the trees we identified were: Hack-berry, Ash, Black Locust (good for fence posts), Red Mulberry (good for hunting bows), Pawpaw, Silver Maple, American Elm, Box Elder (a maple), Chestnut, Red Maple, Basswood (or Linden Tree), Black Walnut, Winged Elm, Sycamore, Cottonwood, and lots of plants, Licorice, Dead Nettles, Euonymus, Virginia Blue Bells, Poison Ivy, and Grape vines.



Licorice. The roots smelled amazing!

We had sun, snow, and wind but the hardy group had a great time if we never really did walk much.

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