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Beauty Beyond!

Sumo Waggle Adventure - Lomaas River, Skanland, Norway - by Arild Heitmann (Aurorae, Highly Commended)

Sumo Waggle Adventure – Lomaas River, Skanland, Norway – by Arild Heitmann

Shimmering phenomena in the night sky – and starry sights billions of light years away – take a look at some of the finalists in the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Sunderland Noctilucent Cloud Display - north-east England - by Matt Robinson (Skyscapes, Runner Up)

Sunderland Noctilucent Cloud Display – north-east England – by Matt Robinson (Skyscapes, Runner Up)

April Aurora - Hitra, Sor-Trondelag, Norway - by Kolbein Svensson (Aurorae, Runner Up)

April Aurora – Hitra, Sor-Trondelag, Norway – by Kolbein Svensson (Aurorae, Runner Up)

M33 Core - by Michael van Doorn (Galaxies, Winner)

M33 Core – by Michael van Doorn (Galaxies, Winner)

Interaction - Hemnesberget, Nordland, Norway - by Tommy Eliassen (People and Space, Highly Commended)

Interaction – Hemnesberget, Nordland, Norway – by Tommy Eliassen (People and Space, Highly Commended)

Sunset Peak Star Trail - Lantau Island, Hong Kong - by Chap Him Wong (People and Space, Winner)

Sunset Peak Star Trail – Lantau Island, Hong Kong – by Chap Him Wong (People and Space, Winner)

Orion DT - by David Tolliday (Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer)

Orion DT – by David Tolliday (Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer)

 

Source:  Science & Environment by , BBC News.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34256496

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Trail of Tears Pow Wow…Mother-Daughter Day

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The following photos are from Trail of Tears PowWow

It was cloudy and windy most of the day. Check out the rainbow.

 

Drum Circle

Samantha and I had a great time! I love the authentic Native American Indian dance competitions with contestants in full Native American regalia. Anything and everything Native American is there to buy from vendors; dream catchers, jewelry, pottery, smudge sticks, sweet grass, paintings, books, arts and crafts. I got two dream catchers for my grandkids and dancing bells for Samantha. The bells are really cool. I got my usual, sage for smudging and an arrowhead.

The Pow Wow is held every year at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville, KY. This historic park is one of the few documented sites of actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people to “Indian Territory”. It was used as an encampment in 1838 and 1839. This park is the burial site for two Cherokee Chiefs who died during the removal – Fly Smith and Whitepath. This long, cruel relocation has become known as the “Trail Of Tears” and by Native Americans as “The Trail Where They Cried”.

For more photos, check out https://www.facebook.com/Trail-of-Tears-PowWow-178122712257144/timeline/.