For nearly eight years I spent time as both a volunteer assistant and paid assistant at the Astronomy Labs at @easternarizonacollege And it was AMAZING! I learned so much about the sky, teaching, and leadership, and made some amazing friends. . With all the posts going around about the eclipse and fears of frying your eyes I thought today I'd give you some eclipse viewing info and tips! . 1️⃣ The sun will still be painfully and dangerously bright to look at with the naked eye. Don't try that at home. Or anywhere. 2️⃣ Not all eclipse glasses are made equal, please take caution. @cnn gave this report: Filters that meet the ISO 12312-2 standard reduce the sun's brightness to a safe and comfortable level, like that of a full moon, and block harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation as well, said Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society. Solar filters that meet this standard are about 100,000 times darker than ordinary sunglasses, and sunglasses don't block infrared radiation. . Unsafe eclipse glasses bearing the ISO logo and certification label have been flooding the market, according the astronomical society. Websites are also displaying false results that claim to show positive test results for glasses they sell. . To test for safety, the only thing you can see through a safe solar filter is the sun itself. If you look through and the sun is too bright, out of focus or surrounded by a murky haze, or if you can see things like ordinary household lights, the glasses aren't safe. 3️⃣ Telescopes and binoculars HAVE TO have a solar filter on them for viewing or photography. Many colleges and universities are setting up telescopes with solar filters for viewing, and it'd be totally worth it to head over and join the party! 4️⃣ Don't panic when it goes completely pitch black for a few minutes. Totally kidding!! Even at maximum coverage you will still be able to see well. The light does get super cool and can trick crickets into thinking twilight has arrived! 5️⃣ Don't have certified glasses or a solar filter but want to join the viewing fun?! Try a pinhole projector! Easy to make and use, and it's safe! . (Photos from 2012 eclipse with @hyerwools)
Today I want to do something different for #FridayIntoductions. So much of who I am is because of these two people right here, my Mom and Dad! What are some things in my life I have because of them? 👁 I'm the only child who got my Mother's beautiful brown hair and brown eyes; my other siblings have my dad's blonde hair and blue eyes. While the color of my eyes is from my Mom, the way my eyes crinkle into slits when I smile is 100% my Dad! 🎲 Games are one of my favorite ways to pass an evening! I can remember games nights as a family all through my childhood, and now when we go home to visit you can find us having Hand and Foot, Power Grid, or Cover Your Aces marathons! 👩🏻🌾 Mom and Dad worked hard to instill a good work ethic in us, and I am so grateful for that in my life! Whether it was finishing homework, picking up rocks on the side of the road for the yard, cleaning houses after Dad built them, folding laundry, or any number of jobs, they taught us that nothing worthwhile comes without hard work and that there is joy to be found in work. 🙏🏻 They taught me about faith and relying on God. From the crazy move when I was 14 when they followed the call to move to southern AZ, I didn't understand at all. I was so mad. But they knew that was where God wanted them, and looking back it has been such a huge blessing in our family. Being close to cousins and Grandparents has changed our lives. It's incredible to look at the lives my parents have touched through my Dad's business, their church service, and their hearts that love to #sharegoodness. I am so grateful for their example. 💑 I share #MeetMarquette posts often, but I wanted you to know the people who have helped mold me and my life. I love these two immensely and think everyone should love them! And then also I wanted to ask a favor of you in their behalf. My Mom is back in the hospital, and while baby steps have finally happened to figure out what is going on there is still so much the Dr's can't figure out. When you have a spare minute, would you send a prayer out that they will be lead and answers can finally be found? Thank you so very very much, from every corner of my heart!
I have been thinking on this #jminstachallenge post all day long, and the words just wouldn't come. Nothing. Not even gibberish. What is the post the I most need to hear? I couldn't even put my finger on it. And it's eaten at me all day long. . And then I was playing the piano and singing for Darrow and came across old sheet music from A Cappella days at @easternarizonacollege. The music and words for Hold On and A New World started flowing out and so did the tears. And suddenly I knew the message I needed to hear most. . I'm not one to post a quote or lyrics in place of a caption, but today, these are the two messages I needed to hear most! . What you've got to do is finish What you have begun! I don't know just how But it's not over till you've won. When you see the storm is coming See the lightning part the skies It's too late to run There's terror in your eyes What you do then is remember This old thing you heard me say It's the storm, not you That's bound to blow away -Secret Garden (the musical) . And you've got one second To try to be clear, to try to stand tall But nothing's the same And the wind starts to blow And oh, you're suddenly a stranger In some completely different land And you thought you knew But you didn't have a clue That the surface sometimes cracks To reveal the tracks To a new world -Songs for A New World . These words have calmed me over and over again through the years, and today they did the same. Everything is changing, and changing in such amazing ways, but it still scares me. I don't know just what is around the corner, but I do know it's not over 'till you've won! God has a plan and watching it unfold the past few months has been scary and absolutely exhilarating! . Photo by @desireegardnerphotography
As a photographer, I get to witness so many special and intimate parts of a wedding day that most others don't see. These times where I get to be a fly on the wall and witness such intense emotions and memories being made feel sacred to me. They are so much of the heart of the day. I want to capture these moments and the emotions without intruding. . This moment was one of those moments. Katerina was ready to walk over to the church to get married, the room smelled of the fresh rose and peony bouquets that had just been brought in, and the excitement was growing, but before they headed out Katerina paused for the sweetest time with her girls and mother to pray. Hearing the words full of love from her friends as they prayed for calmness, blessings, peace, and as they gave thanks put me in tears. You could feel their love for Katerina and for God. . As I worked to quietly and unobtrusively get shots of this moment, even being in the same room felt like I was trespassing on sacred ground, so I slipped into a dim neighboring room to shoot through the open door. The light that streamed through the windows beside them made them look like they were glowing. The doorway gave the peek into the moment without putting me in the middle of them. . The shots I got in the room with them were nice, but this shot is the shot that takes me back to that exact moment and brings up the same emotions. Double tap if you feel you're there with me peeking in!
💐 I believe that simplicity is truly stunning; I have a secret love of posies and nosegays! 💑I believe that love is friendship set on fire. Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley. Jenna Rink and Matt. Lily Aldrin and Marshall Erickson. 🏠I believe that real life is beautiful. The mess, the fun dinners, and the late night trips to Walmart because you need ice cream right now. 🤹🏻♀️I believe in the kind of silliness that lets you dance in the park to the music no one else hears, wear mismatching socks, and sing off key on purpose. 🍊I believe that orange IS the happiest color. Thank you Frank Sinatra. . I firmly believe that life is what you make of it, that hard work trumps IQ or talent, that any day is a good day to dress up, the bus ride with your friends is the best part of any field trip, and that someday pigs will fly! . Now it's your turn! Tell me something you believe in!