Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Crescent Moon, Gibbous Moon and other photos

Last week we had the cresent moon. I took a few photos from my balcony using a tripod (it doesn't work without one). Here are a few of the best images of the crescent moon just before sunrise looking to the northeast. Also included is a photo of Mount Baker, our nearby volcano, to the southeast. There is also a close-up shot of the cresent moon. That is either a star or planet above the moon but I do not recall which one.

This week as the moon continues to wax we have the Gibbous Moon. This image was taken a couple of days ago in the evening before sunset. Below is a photo of one of the resent sunsets in Surrey looking toward the northwest in the direction of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver. Each sunset is unique any beautiful in their own way. Enjoy the photos!

Note: Someone brought a misspelling to my attention. I had originally mentioned "Gibbons Moon" when it should have been "Gibbous Moon." The source or sources I was using must have been incorrect. Apparently, I am not the only one having made that mistake. A thorough search on this matter has found my anonymous commenter correct. The word "gibbous" comes from Middle English meaning "bulging" from Late Latin, gibbosus, "humpbacked", from Latin gibbus, "hump." This post has been edited and the spelling corrected. Below are the phases of the moon in their entirety:

New Moon, Waxing Quarter or Crescent Moon, Waxing Half Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon, Waning Half Moon, Waning Quarter or Crescent Moon, New Moon.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion! - Volker


Anonymous said...

Gibbons discovered on moon!

Your gibbous moon is misspelled as "gibbons" in several places. Presumably a spell-checker didn't like the word gibbous, and automatically gave you gibbons instead. Very few gibbons actually live on the moon.


haliaeetusguys said...

Since I do not use a spell-checker resorting to the use of a dictionary if in doubt, in this case it was the source or sources I was using that had the error in spelling. I have done a thorough check this time and you are correct about the spelling.

As for anything living on the moon, we can't know that for certain. Astronauts haven't been there for quite a while to study this but life as we know it on Earth is doubtful unless there are artificial structures that can sustain Earth-type creatures (i.e. man). Without further study, this seems doubtful for the moment. As for gibbons on the moon, I cannot say, I haven't been there to say one way or another but it seems very doubtful that there are any!

In closing, I will correct the spelling error and add a note about the phases of the moon. Thank you for the correction!