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Dog Days are here

By: WatchinTheSky, 7:05 PM GMT on July 30, 2013

We are into the Dog Days, although, they are starting out milder than normal for the inland valleys of San Diego. We are not quite to this stage -


The term 'Dog Days' has been around long since before dogs - no, wait, that's not right. Ahem, Dog Days have been mentioned since Roman time and Aristotle before that.
A Dog Star was considered the brightest star in a constelation, and Sirius is the brightest star in Canus Major (the Large Dog). Canus Major rose with the sun (back then) around July 24, coinciding with the beginning of the summer heat in the Mediterranean.

The Dog Days had quite the bad rap - "the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad (careful cp and GG!), and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies." according to John Brady's "Clavis Calendaria", a careful analysis of the calendar written in early 1800's. At least the phrensies are gone LOL.

No sign of the monsoooon for now, we are tickling the upper 50s overnight and low - mid 80s during the day.

Here's the current Hummer Cam view -
Hummer cam current view -


From the last entry -
'Mr. P put away the oriole feeder while I was gone, to many bees, horrible!!!' Grrr.. bees, they are supposed to be pollinating our flowers - not mooching oriole food! mmm.. caprese salad sounds yummy :)

I have been meaning to get a photo of this rock before a good quake sends it down to our driveway ;) It would need to go through one of our neighbors' houses first.


It looks more precarious as we sit on the back patio!

Updated: 6:20 PM GMT on August 18, 2013

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Monsoon Maybe?

By: WatchinTheSky, 4:23 AM GMT on July 10, 2013

Hummer cam current view -


The forecast for the next couple days includes a chance of rain from the monsoonal flow expanding over from Arizona. High temps should drop from 90s to 80s but humidity is on the rise so the net effect will be that it feels a bit warmer. Not like GG or Ylee are feeling, but a little sticky. Tonight's sky -


A few of the local natives in bloom -
chilopsis (desert willow) with white bloom)


more common purple/pink -


Gray globemallow -


black sage -


tecoma stans -


We have had a couple visitors lately -

I've seen hummers smaller than this guy! I like his orange antennae :) Sometimes they curl up tight. He's a Pepsis formosa - tarantula hawk wasp, I've never seen tarantulas around here - hmmm.. guess he is doing his job!

This guy was actually outside my window at work in San Marcos (about 12 miles west from home). I catch a certain resemblance to someone posting a cool batch of windows to the world :)


Dinnertime at the HummerCam -


A pretty good capture of chattering orioles from Hummercam -
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Updated: 5:07 PM GMT on July 15, 2013

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