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I captured this on a trip to the Southwest US desert about a month ago. On the 1st day of my trip, I landed in Vegas and drove 5 hours to Cape Royal in the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. After capturing a nice sunset and waiting for Astronomical Twilight to end, I set up my camera and left it to capture images all night.
I ended up getting 7 hours of consecutive 25 second exposures which got me 920 images.

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2015-Geminid-FE by Michael Littlejohn
Via Flickr:
Geminid Meteor Shower

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  • astro2fish San Diego to Denver…at night…from space. It always amazes me how fast we’re cruisin’ around the planet, but I sure love the view!

    Time-lapse imagery as we fly over the U.S. 250 miles above at 17,500mph

Book Tour for “The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse”!

Mac Barnett & me are hitting the road in the west/southwest US on Tuesday this week. Here are some tour dates in case you are there & available & interested.

10/10 Las Vegas, NV 6:30 PM The Writer’s Block

11/11 Tempe, AZ 7 PM Changing Hands Bookstore

10/12 Albuquerque, NM 6 PM Bookworks

10/14 Denver, CO 2 PM Tattered Cover Book Store

10/15 Salt Lake City, UT 2 PM The King’s English Bookshop

10/16 Salt Lake City, UT 7 PM Provo City Library

10/17 Missoula, MT 4 PM Missoula County Public Library (with Fact & Fiction Bookstore

10/18 Bozeman, MT 6 PM The Country Bookshelf

Love is...Unconditional

Banner by the brilliant, amazing and perfectly talented @akai-echo

Parts 1 and 2 are available on AO3/ffnet

Epilogue will post on Valentine’s Day. 

A million thanks to my lovely friend, @eala-musings for betaing this, the incomparable @akai-echo for the prereading, making the gorgeous set of banners and for talking me through some plot points. And finally, to the wonderful @thegirlfromoverthepond , my other partner in crime with @loveinpanem for inspiring this fic. Thank you all!

Part 3 - Release

“I’m fine, I promise,” I said, holding the cellphone in the crook between my neck and shoulder as I spoke to Prim and packed at the same time.

“I know, I know, but I just worry. I’ve never gone a month without seeing you. When are you coming home?”

“Soon, Little Duck,” I said, using my most soothing voice. Peeta quietly took my bag from my hands and checked the room one last time before we shut the door behind us.

“Okay. I just need to know you’re okay and I’ll quit worrying.” Her voice was plaintive, sounding like it did when we were children.

I sighed and watched Peeta pull on his shoes and tie them, knots double-laced, as always. “This trip has been one of the most important ones I’ve ever taken.” He looked up at me, one eyebrow raised as if in skepticism. I held his gaze defiantly as I continued. “I wish it would never end.”

His face softened, becoming thoughtful, then sad, before he let his eyes drop down to his shoes where his fingers still rested on the laces. I wished my sister goodnight and retreated to the restroom to brush my hair and keep myself from falling all over Peeta once again.

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Master List

If any links aren’t working or are incorrect, fell free to tell me and I’ll fix it!


ANA:

Platonic Headcanons


BASTION:


DOOMFIST:

Reader Recently Lost Their Pet 


D.VA:

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

S/o has a Panic Attack (Hana Doesn’t Know What to do)


GENJI:

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

Reacting to S/o From the American Southwest

S/o Uses Magic to Make Them Normal Again

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

S/o is Able to Shapeshift into a Dragon

The Simadas, Their Dragons, and S/o

Autistic S/o

Crush on Reader from Our World

Raising Children Scenario  

Homemaker S/o


HANZO:

Affectionate Hanzo Short Fic

Cool S/o is Afraid of Scary Movies Headcanons

S/o is Found Sleeping Next to Them After Being Gone for a Week

Reacting to S/o From the American Southwest 

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

S/o Gets Shot by Widow

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

Reaction to S/o’s Snow-version of Them Falling Apart

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

Crush on Reader From Our World

S/o is Able to Shapeshift into a Dragon

The Simadas, Their Dragons, and S/o

S/o Eats A Lot of Ramen

Winged S/o Imagine


JUNKRAT:

S/o in Coma Poly Roadrat

S/o in Coma Poly Roadrat part 2

Poly Roadrat Watches the Lion King

Poly Roadrat Helps S/o With Anxiety and Depression by Cooking

Poly Roadrat Helps S/o With Anxiety and Depression by Cooking Part 2

S/o is Found Sleeping Next to Them After Being Gone for a Week

Typical Mission With S/o Scenario

Poly Roadrat Just Chillin’ at Home

Reaction to S/o Accidentally Snorting

Reaction to S/o Feeling Down

Junkrat Brings Home a Dog Headcanons

Accidentally Seriously Wounds S/o

Reaction to S/o’s Snow-version of Them Falling Apart

Disneyland Headcanons

Poly Roadrat Takes Care of Tired S/o

Raising Children Scenario  

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

Homemaker S/o

Poly!Roadrat With Mermaid!S/o

Poly!Roadrat With Mermaid S/o Prequel

Poly!Roadrat + Fireflies


LUCIO:

Cool S/o is Afraid of Scary Movies Headcanons

Reaction to S/o Feeling Down

Reaction to S/o who Wants Dreadlocks

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

Crush on Reader From Our World

S/o is Tired Bitter and Angry

Autistic S/o

Trans S/o Headcanons


MCCREE:

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

S/o Gets Shot by Widow

Favorite Things to do When Alone With S/o

Blackwatch McCree Being Mushy With S/o In Front of Gabriel

Accidentally Seriously Wounds S/o

Reaction to S/o’s Snow-version of Them Falling Apart

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

Crush on Reader from Our World

Homemaker S/o

Autistic S/o


MEI:

Reacting to S/o From the American Southwest

Reaction to S/o Accidentally Snorting


MERCY:

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

S/o From the Past is the Grandmother of Modern Medical Tech

Reader Accidentally Calls Her, “Mom” 


ORISA:


PHARAH:

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

Fun Headcanons


REAPER:

S/o Uses Magic to Make Them Normal Again

Reaction to S/o Feeling Down 

What Gabriel Reyes Makes S/o for Dinner

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

Favorite Things to do When Alone With S/o

Accidentally Seriously Wounds S/o

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

Crush on Reader From Our World

S/o is Able to Shapeshift into a Dragon

First Date With Crush

Autistic S/o

Raising Children Scenario  

Poly!Pre-fall!Jack and Gabe W/ Civilian S/o 


REINHARDT:

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

Accidentally Seriously Wounds S/o


ROADHOG:

S/o in Coma Poly Roadrat

S/o in Coma Poly Roadrat part 2

Poly Roadrat Watches the Lion King

Poly Roadrat Helps S/o With Anxiety and Depression by Cooking

Poly Roadrat Helps S/o With Anxiety and Depression by Cooking Part 2

Poly Roadrat Just Chillin’ at Home

Reaction to S/o Accidentally Snorting

Accidentally Seriously Wounds S/o

Disneyland Headcanons

Autistic S/o

Poly Roadrat Takes Care of Tired S/o

Raising Children Scenario  

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

Poly!Roadrat With Mermaid!S/o

Poly!Roadrat With Mermaid S/o Prequel 

Poly!Roadrat + Fireflies



SOLDIER 76:

Pregnancy and Baby Headcanons

S/o is Found Sleeping Next to Them After Being Gone for a Week

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

S/o Gets Shot by Widow

Farmer Jack Leaves S/o to Join the Army

Accidentally Seriously Wounds S/o

Fluffy Headcannons

Crush on Reader From Our World

Homemaker S/o

Reader Accidentally Calls Him, “Dad”

Poly!Pre-fall!Jack and Gabe W/ Civilian S/o


SOMBRA:

Platonic Headcanons

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

Favorite Things to do When Alone With S/o

Reaction to S/o Being Really Good at Cooking

Bestfriend Reader Coming out as Gay


SYMMETRA:

Platonic Headcanons


TORBJORN:


TRACER:

Cool S/o is Afraid of Scary Movies Headcanons

S/o Uses Magic to Make Them Normal Again

S/o’s Drunk Confessions

Bestfriend Reader Coming out as Gay


WIDOWMAKER:


WINSTON:

Bestfriend Reader Coming out as Gay


ZARYA:

Reacting to S/o From the American Southwest

Reaction to S/o Accidentally Snorting

Platonic Headcanons

S/o’s Drunk Confessions


ZENYATTA:

Reaction to S/o Accidentally Snorting

Crush on Reader from Our World

Raising Children Scenario  


MISC.:

Reader Teleported To Overwatch part 1

Reader Teleported To Overwatch part 2

Adopted Mer!Reader Joins Overwatch

My birds and reptiles. From left: Two American alligators, bearded dragon, unknown tiny lizard from southwest US, Australian saltwater crocodile, ostrich, carrion crow, bird of forgot species, starling, pigeon, ruffed grouse, turkey. 
I wish I had more, because I love both birds and reptiles. Especially crocodilians. I also have a snake skeleton but it didn’t fit on the shelf and it’s case broke so I don’t move it much.

Significance of Dragonflies

Dragonflies are usually associated with:

  • Metamorphosis and transformation.
  • Adaptability.
  • Joy, and positivity.
  • Connected to deep emotions.
  • Awareness for illusions and deceits.
  • Connection with nature’s spirits, the fae.
  • Good luck.

Japan

They are associated with the season of autumn

They are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku. In ancient times, Japanese farmers believed that the dragonfly was the spirit of the rice plant. Dragonflies were a welcome sign of a good rice harvest.

Dragonflies were also believed to bring good luck in battle. 1600 years ago, the dragonfly was the symbol of a great Japanese warrior clan.

The dragonfly later became one of the emblems of the emperor (Emperor Jinmu, who was bitten by a mosquito, which was then eaten by a dragonfly). It was also an archaic name for Japan - Akitsushima - meaning Dragonfly Island.

Europe

However, dragonflies were usually considered more sinister in Europe.

It is supposed that in Germany, dragonflies have over 150 different names: such as “Teufelsnadel” (Devil’s Needle), “Wasserhexe: (Water Witch), “Hollenross” (Goddess’ Horse), “Teufelspferd” (Devil’s Horse) and Schlangentöter (Snake Killer). 

Dragonflies, or damselflies, were connected to Freya the Norse goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Freya was famous for her beauty and her knowledge as a magician. It was she who taught Odin the shamanic practices known as seidr which were still practiced during Christian times. The paired bodies of mating dragonflies form the shape of a heart, perhaps being the source for that modern symbol of love. In ancient lore, the dragonfly represents transformation, adaptation and insight.

Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls.

The Swedish name for dragonfly is “trollslända”, which means “hobgoblin fly” in English. Long time ago people in Sweden believed that hobgoblins, elves, brownies and such creatures lived in our great woods. In that folklore the dragonflies was considered to be the hobgoblin’s twisting tools.

Native America

Amongst Native Americans, the dragonfly is a symbol of happiness, activity, swiftness and purity.

The Southwest Indian culture use the term “snake doctor” in reference to a legend that dragonflies follow snakes around and stitch them back together if they are injured.

Dragonflies are a common motif in Zuni pottery; stylized as a double-barred cross, they appear in Hopi rock art and on Pueblo necklaces.

In some Native American traditions, it is also symbol of the departed souls