Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 28

It’s been a little while since I posted the last group. Finally, we have group 28. This time, see a bit of autumn colour and some colourful lights. This is around the time when I started playing around with other apps to edit the photos, bringing out brighter colours. I don’t use them much yet, but you’ll see them much more often soon.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos (the ninth photo may not appear for you. If it doesn’t, please reload. It may take several tries. Not sure why this happens with a handful of pictures).

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Christmas lights at Shonan Terrace Mall

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Christmas at Terrace Mall Shonan

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Green yellow green

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Ginkgo tree is going bald

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Morning in Ofuna

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Blue wired sky

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Looking toward Shonandai from Ishikawa

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Next to the river

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Another tree going bald

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for voting! Please leave a comment letting me know why you liked the photos you voted for. I’m always interested in hearing about that.

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A Must See Planetary Alignment

Back in May 2002, I was treated to an amazing planetary alignment. Just after sunset, I could see all of the naked eye planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all lined up in the sky. You can read about it on the American Association of Amateur Astronomers website, which shows how websites looked back in 2002.

That was the first time I’d ever been able to see Mercury.  But to see all of the naked eye planets was incredible.  It happened again in 2005, but I didn’t see that. However, for the next month, you can see it in the morning just before dawn. So, you have to get up early to see this! It’ll be visible in the east, so you’ll need a good spot to view it from and clear skies. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it means braving the cold. It begins January 20th and ends on February 20th.

This video does a good job at illustrating what you’ll see.

Are you going to get up early to see this alignment?