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According to The Watchers website: “Sunspots 1164 and 1166 are so large, people are noticing them at sunrise and sunset when the sun is dimmed by clouds and haze. The dark cores of these regions are many times wider than Earth, so they are conspicuous even from a distance of 93 million miles.” I know little about the science behind the sun and skies but from my little observation, I’m continually amazed and infinitely fascinated by Nature.

This image is zoomed in from the full-frame of the Little black spot on the sun today. Seen from Boston looking toward Cambridge Massachusetts on September 13 2011.

Equipment used: Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 400mm, Exposure 1/1250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Featured by the groups
Canon Photography Only! September 16 2011 (group name now Fine Art Photography by Canon)
Mother Nature’s Finest September 18 2011


During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    Amazing shot x

  • Thanks Lynn. Surprised and amazed me too! I first thought I had dust in my camera. But as I went through the series, I saw the spec only on shots of the sun and found the “dust” was always in the same place on the sun now matter how my shot was framed. i did a web search and was amazed to read: “Sunspots 1164 and 1166 are so large, people are noticing them at sunrise and sunset when the sun is dimmed by clouds and haze. The dark cores of these regions are many times wider than Earth, so they are conspicuous even from a distance of 93 million miles.” I don’t know what’s more fascinating… Nature or photography! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    very interesting info, thanks for that x

  • You’re welcome! And thanks yet again as replying to your comment made me remember this fact I just learned last night. So fascinating to me I just had to add it to this image’s description. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    OH Sylvia…I love this a lot…my cupt of tea photo!!! fav…

  • So glad you like and to share this with you. I love this time of year here and how late afternoon light takes on a life of its own. I wasn’t expecting to see any of this so the surprise makes it even more special and fun. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture…awesome colors

  • Thank You Larry. I just love the sunsets here at this time of year. So brilliant and full of surprise. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 3 years ago

    thank you so much for the link. I put it in my favorites. that’s the kind of link I check every day. I have many. maybe you know about this one. just love it.
    this one is good too.
    nice shot for sure. I wish I can do that too

  • THANK YOU Manon. Great links! They’re now my favorites too. I’m not kidding that I know little about “sky” stuff so at first thought it was dust in my camera. (Thank goodness I didn’t touch it out in Photoshop!) Tried to learn more on the web but didn’t find these. Wasn’t sure about faint spots on the left but, thanks to YOU, I know they all are “Sunspot complex 1295-1296”! Not the most poetic name but exciting nonetheless. And I adore the quote on the 2nd site… A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu Looking at my life, I must be a wicked good traveler! ;-) Thank You Manon.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    WOW amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Oh Vicki… where do I begin to express my gratitude for your comments? I’ll start with a simple but enormously heartfelt THANK YOU!!! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 3 years ago

    a great shot like I said ;)

  • Oh my, you surprised me with this! You already had me happy and smiling with your wonderful comments and links to further fascinate me about the heavens… and now, well I’m just beaming and giddy with pride. ;-) Thank you so much Manon!!!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    Sylvia…probably my most fascinating thing to do has always been my interest in Celestial bodies…and I do love to photograph them…but since I got my new Nikon this year I have not learn to photograph the moon correctly…it’s all about the light and I’m not sure how to set my camera for that yet…but I’ve been able to photograph just about everything I want and no problem but still learning…do you have any tips??? the moon fascinate me…thanks!

  • First, I’m flattered you think I might actually know! ;-) I recently read something in a photo magazine that quoted shooting the moon at: 300mm+ zoom, ISO 100, aperture f/11, shutter speed 1/125 to 1/250. Personally I haven’t tested it but I have gotten some moon shots I was happy with before I read this. I mostly got them by “hit or miss…” since so easy to shoot-check-try again with digital. But now, you have me curious. I’ll check what settings I used and bubblemail you with what a discover. In the meantime, maybe you know this already, but if you’re ever wondering exact when the sun and moon will rise and set, here’s a handy site: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    AH! Same info that another one of my Watchlist friends gave me…and I have not learned to manually work that out yet…so I better get cracking right? About the Calender for Moon Sun rise & set…I have them printed right from a website I found and I also get twilight times of both morning and night etc…If not I would definitely use that link you gave me…I’ll always go back to check this photo and get my info…thanks so much my friend!!! always…Lorraine

  • You’re welcome Lorraine. And I’m with you on not being totally comfortable using my camera in full manual mode so I try different things in semi-auto modes. I’m curious to see what settings my “experiments” actually yielded compared to what’s recommended in manual mode. Also, there’s a moon challenge I saw recently, so good reason for me to review my moon shots!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieabout 3 years ago

    Pretty darn stunning shot, never have seen a more beautiful SUN, and thank you for the scientific narrative- I had no idea, even though I watch tons of science shows, I never knew this! Congratulations on your feature! : )

  • MORE Thanks to you Stephanie. I watch Nature and Science shows tons too but had no idea either. I was so taken by the sun I forget I was in the middle of the city, rush hour traffic zipping by. But then that fascinates me about Nature. No matter how much we build, how much we busy ourselves with, well, ourselves… wonders like this continue in spite of us. Then to discover this spot on my photograph and learn even more than I knew before. Nature is just infinitely fascinating! So glad to share and learn you enjoy my lucky moments in it too. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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