C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is an incredible object. It is described as a 'long period comet' originating from the Oort cloud, an icy debris field surrounding us in the far outer solar system.
It's up there right now, about to make its closest approach to Earth, faintly visible to the naked eye and clearly identifiable with good binoculars, a halfway decent telescope or a quality camera. Don't miss it! It won't be back in ... 50000 years.
I like airplane and helicopter sounds and I often look up as soon as I hear one. This Sunday, a particular sound was heard above Bratislava beside the privately owned small leisure aircrafts. A heavier and louder sound ... usually announcing a big flying beast incoming :-)
I spent the weekend in Brussels with old loved ones ... here on Earth but also in the sky :-)
From there, I flew to Madrid and Bogota to make my way to the Circuito Latino de Poker launch in Bogota. More info under the BOGOTA tag of my blog and in the POKER TRIPS section.
The Moon has reached its first quarter on the 3rd October and it will have filled up by the end of this week on the 9th October. I'll try to shoot the 100% illuminated moon from Brussels or from Madrid while being on my way these days to the Circuito Latino de Poker launch in Bogota, Colombia.
When I bust, I shoot photos. You already know :-) But I don't only shoot Poker players or beaches. This is an October 2018 shot of the Orion constellation that I shot in the garden of the house where I had gotten invited to a home game in Portugal.
Jupiter reaches opposition roughly every 13 months. These last years, I’ve loved observing it throughout the summer until it reaches its brightest point in the sky. It’s the largest planet of the solar system and it will make its closest approach to Earth since 1963 on the 26th September 2022. 2129 is the next time it will so close and thus so bright in Earth's sky. Eyes up if you're in the Northern Hemisphere! The show starts daily after the sun sets.
It's been a difficult start in Vegas. Sorting out my official WSOP credentials ended up taking days after my arrival and when I was just getting started, I got super ill. 16-18°C AC on the inside, +40°C on the outside ... it didn't take long to knock me down. I've been seriously sick over the last days (no, it's not Covid). Nasal cavities, ear, jaw bone and teeth... everything including my head has been hurting for almost the entire week and I've been lying in bed or in our Vegas home garden by the pool to try to get rid of the fever. Since I've been sleeping throughout some of the days, I've been awake in the the middle of the night at times and I caught this shot of Arcturus the very early morning.
I shot this one with my 120â¬ phone. Pretty neat !
I arrived in Madrid 4 days ago and all I have done so far, is spending time with my buddy, Alex 'Brutally Honest' Rotenberg, and I tried to make new Asian friends at the Casino Gran Via live Poker tables :-) Some 30 hours of cash game later, I have new friends ... and foes. Games are running scorching hot like the Madrid weather over here these days. NLH 1/3 and 2/5 for the sane, PLO 2/5 up to 5/10 for the insane. I have been insane :-D
We played until very late last night and, on my way home, I suddenly remembered that something very special was going on up there...
Summer skies are back! I shot this one late at night in Gouvy, Belgium last weekend.
In June 2018, I decided to spend a few weeks off in Portugal between stops in Riga, Latvia and Namur, Belgium. I ended up playing loads of cash games and spent a week in a cork plantation near Samora Correia (Santarem) chilling by the pool while drinking Lambrusco during the day and shooting the dark Portuguese countryside skies at night. Tough life!
After more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions, I still see a surprising amount of people with no plan what so ever in terms of down time management and giving in to wasting copious amounts of time. Nature around us knows no such thing as inaction. So why should we?
Inaction can be defined as the lack of action where some is expected or appropriate.
Everything evolves, matures, grows, changes, betters, worsens, decays, accelerates & decelerates in nature. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but nothing is ever still.
Actually, you might think that you're just reading this text. On the bus, on a train. Even if you're in a lobby or on the couch you haven't left in two days., you are still traveling an incredible distance every second you don't move.
Think about that for only one second ... BAM! You basically just moved about the distance between Paris and Lisbon :D