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Snippets ~ Icicle Season

My delicious view.

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I went outside this morning with the dogs, wearing very little. The half moon was aglow in the western sky and I remarked to myself how warm it was. Frost glittered across the deck but the air was warm – for winter. I was in no hurry to go back inside, but when the dogs were ready to go in, I went in, too, and went out the door on the other side of the house to see if I could see Daisy. The eastern sky was tangerine but it was still an hour from sunrise. The air was so cold I couldn’t bear to stay outside! It was at least 15 degrees colder on the east side of the house than the west side. I went out the west door again. It was mild. I went out the east door again. It was freezing. Mike was convinced I was hallucinating but refused to come outside with me half naked to feel it for himself.

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I found a box of original hardcover copies of The Daily Coyote: Ten Years in Photographs hidden in my office! There are just a few copies left and they are in the shop. Find ’em HERE.

Also in the shop: a massive elk antler chew toy restock. Every size and lots of them, waiting for your pups. Whenever we make these, Chloe and Sage and even the cats creep up to the box of freshly cut chew toys and try to sneak one out for themselves. Find ’em HERE, along with a few new rings…..

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Charlie calendars were Mercury Retrograded – my printers printer printed every page crooked. A mechanical malfunction that is now repaired, but it set back production. I picked up a batch of perfectly printed calendars on Friday and sent out hundreds on Saturday, working in reverse order of orders (earliest orders shipped first). I’ll be getting more calendars this week and should be caught up by Friday. They look so good! You can get yours HERE.

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My brain is still in book mode. It’s also quite tired. I’ve been getting some really incredible feedback on the book. Final final final edits due in January!

One of my favorite people I’ve never met posted this video and she totally nails the writing process:

 

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I highly recommend this podcast episode in which she is interviewed.

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I received this clipping in the mail last week.

Long time Charlie fans will get the joke. Thanks Anna!

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Totally amazing instagram account:

 

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ARP271 – An Interacting Galaxy Pair ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe ↔️ to see zoomed and original frame… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Somewhere around 100 million light years away toward the constellation Virgo, this beautiful galaxy pairing lights up your night sky (faintly). The collection known as ARP271 consists of NGC5427, the larger face on spiral seen here on the right, and NGC5426 on the left. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These two are currently in a galactic ballet, passing each other close enough to affect each other gravitationally. The subtle bending of the spiral arms can be seen, as well as, a bridge of stars strewn out into intergalactic space. What would the night sky look like from a planet around one of these stars, 😯?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For my astrophotography brethren, if you haven’t guessed this is a challenging and tiny target, with a separation of only 2 arc-minutes! Swipe over to see the original frame from my telescope with an effective focal length of almost 1500mm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As always, enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @thevastreaches <— consider following me for more views of your lovely universe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ —> 🔭 Celestron EdgeHD 8”, ZWO ASI1600MM, Orion AtlasPro HaLRGB ~13 hours total exposure ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #astrophotography #astronomy #telescope #nightsky #zwo #outerspace #deepsky #cosmos #stars #stargazing #physics #longexposure #space #universe #science #nature #naturephotography #galaxy #nightphotography #nightshooters #celestronrocks #ig_astrophotography #natgeospace #universetoday

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The 2020 Charlie Calendar!

The 13th annual Charlie Calendar is here to wild up your walls in 2020!
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And click HERE to order yours!

 

Snippets ~ Autumn In The Air Edition

It’s been four months since I’ve been here. It feels like it’s been four weeks and also four years, somehow simultaneously. Such is the warped parallel universe of Writing A Book. Reality is just different there. I have so much to share about what I’ve been doing and learning but now is not the time. I must give all my words to The Book.

I do have book to recommend – a GREAT book, phenomenal, really: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. Her writing is gorgeous and it’s a book that deserves to be read by everyone.

If you’re driving distance from Boone, NC, the High Country Food Hub is having an all-day “fill your freezer” sale on August 30 (Friday!) with a number of local ranchers who prioritize sustainable and humane practices. It sounds like a really incredible day! If you go, I want to hear about it. Details HERE.

I have not updated the shop as planned. It will happen….. sometime…… this fall.

The 2020 Charlie Calendar is coming! October. Announcements will go out here and on Charlie’s blog and the email lists and Instagram and Twitter when it’s ready for you.

Pictured: Fiona, having a quiet moment alone, away from the herd and her babies. She has a beautiful calf and she adopted an orphan calf again, too, like she did last year with 3M.

Daisy is doing great and getting fat and getting her way, always, as usual, with everything. All the Farmily is well. Hope you out there are, too.

 

Babysitting Calves at Naptime

Can you even stand the cuteness? Babysitting is really common with bovines – one mother or Grandmother will hang out with up to a dozen calves while their mothers go off to graze or get manicures. This is Leila babysitting five calves at naptime – they found a very comfy spot on a pile of fresh straw. I really wanted to join them.

The following is a bit of a technical note, but maybe not completely boring? Starting tomorrow, on the anniversary of the day Charlie came into my life, my @dailycoyote Instagram account will become an extension of The Daily Coyote blog: photos of Charlie, posted daily, beginning at the beginning with his baby pics from April 2007.

I’ve been pondering this change for several weeks and reached conviction after the incredible flood of emails and messages I received around Charlie’s birthday earlier this month. Your notes affected me deeply – thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and love. Charlie has impacted so many people in such magnificent ways, and I think bringing Charlie’s photo archive to Instagram is the best way to keep sharing the wonder he inspires.

I’ll still be updating Charlie’s blog as I always have, and sending out new pictures to subscribers via email as I have always done and absolutely love doing – none of that is changing. But things have changed drastically, here on The Internet, since I started blogging in 2007. I’ve noticed so much more engagement on Instagram than on my blogs in recent years, and *I* engage more with others on Instagram, too, rather than going to dozens of blogs the way I used to in the ’00s. This shift makes sense – on Instagram, everyone is in one place and it’s so convenient. It’s the Walmart of the internet. And since things have changed in this way, the @dailycoyote Instagram account will be a way for newbies, who might never find Charlie’s blog otherwise, to learn about his magic. Today’s 20-year-olds were 8 when Charlie was born!

Pictures of the rest of the Farmily will now be @farmily.love so if you’re on Instagram, go follow that account for pictures of Daisy, Chloe, Sage, the horses, and the rest of the Farmily. With the book deadline and so much else going on, posting little snapshots over there may occur more regularly than big blog posts here. Even if you’re not on Instagram, you can bookmark this page and this page to see everything I post.

Charlie is Twelve!

The happiest coyote I know is having his happy birthday this week!

And so am I. We’ll be sharing a New York steak.

To be honest, my best birthday present ever is Charlie.

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