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One October Evening

Late yesterday afternoon (early evening), Motor Man and I started out on an errand. And something in the sky caught my eye.

As a mother, I love it when my child teaches me something. A few years ago, Marshall taught me about sun dogs, and I shared that newly learned information in this post. Here’s a scientific explanation: Sun dogs are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere.  My personal description is that it looks like a little prism in the sky.

We actually saw two sun dogs yesterday. This was the first, located to the right of the sun. I didn’t have my regular camera with me at the time, so this was taken with my cell phone.


We went back to get my camera, and by then, the sky looked quite different. And the sun dog was even more vivid.


A few miles later, we spotted a second sun dog – this one to the left of the sun.


Of course, I immediately texted the first picture to Marshall.  After his “Awesome!!” reply, he also texted that, whenever there’s a sun dog, there’s always one to either side of the sun, one above it and one below it, the latter of which is blocked by the earth. (Marshall’s always had an interest in science, astronomy, etc.)

By then, Motor Man and I were passing the old (abandoned) Jordan House, which I’ve shared photos of here before.


Our errand took us across the James River Bridge to Newport News. This picture was taken as we passed Newport News Shipbuilding and a nearby marina.


 (Lesson learned, ALWAYS take the camera. If not, you will definitely see something photo worthy. I believe it’s some unwritten law.)

~These Days Of Mine~

Early Morning From The Bridge

Many times, I’ve written about the James River Bridge (or JRB, for short), that we travel across whenever we go to the “big city”.

The bridge is a little over four miles long, and when it opened to traffic in 1928, it was the longest bridge in the world. As the name suggests, it crosses the James River. In the 1970’s, a new bridge replaced the original one.

Motor Man and I ran an errand in the big city, Newport News, yesterday morning, and I took a series of photos from the bridge. The trees you see to the far right are in our county, Isle of Wight.

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In the background of the next picture are cranes at the Virginia Port Authority in Norfolk. To the left is Newport News Shipbuilding, and in the foreground is one of the many workboats out in the river that morning.

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This picture was taken just before we reached the other side of the bridge, and that’s just a small portion of the shipyard.

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It was a pretty morning for errands.

~These Days Of  Mine~