Sunday, June 24, 2012

Family Trip - Lake Tahoe - June 2012

In honor of Dad's 80th birthday, as well as other birthdays in June (Tanya, Sydney, Sara, Amara) the family celebrated at a cabin up at South Lake Tahoe. We had fun cruising the lake, swimming, having a barbecue cookout, riding horses and renting pedal boats. Enjoy!

Family Trip - Lake Tahoe - June 2012 from Blaine & Felicia.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jason's 5th Grade Graduation Slideshow

5th Grade Graduation SlideshowEvery year, Highlands Elementary celebrates the 5th grade graduation by showing a slideshow with baby/toddler photos interspersed with current photos of each of the children.

Since Jason was graduating this year, I volunteered to create the slideshow. After scanning, cropping and retouching hundreds of submitted photos, I spent several long weekends getting the video to look "just right". To watch the video, click on the video image above.

The movie starts with a fanfare introduction and then quickly transitions into the slideshow portion of the video. I made a similar video when Rosemary graduated from 5th grade, but this time I decided to show the baby/toddler photo in a smaller window so that everyone could compare the two photos. The movie ends with a short synchonized fireworks show and some credits.

I hope you enjoy this and feel free to share the link with family and friends that weren't able to make it to the ceremony.

Congratulations 5th grade class of 2012 and good luck in middle school next year! And thank you to the parents and teachers for all their hard work and support.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Photos of the Transit of Venus, extremely rare event!

To safely view the Transit of Venus, we set up a pair of binoculars and projected the image of the sun onto a flat surface. It was really exciting to see the image of the sun with a tiny black dot which was the planet Venus.

A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against (and hence obscuring a small portion of) the solar disk. The event is visible for several hours.

Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.

This transit of Venus occurred on June 5 in our location and is the last Venus transit of the 21st century. The prior transit took place on June 8, 2004. The previous pair of transits were in December 1874 and December 1882. The next transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125.

Venus transits are historically of great scientific importance as they were used to gain the first realistic estimates of the size of the Solar System. In particular, observations of the 1639 transit, combined with the principle of parallax, provided an estimate of the distance between the Sun and the Earth that was more accurate than any other up to that time.

Click on the picture above to see more pictures from our observation of the Transit of Venus.