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Re: invasives

I grew up in LA, probably two score years before you, Cyndi. When I was 11-12, I had a prepubescent dream of becoming an astronomer. I spent as much time as I could afford in streetcar fare at the Griffith Observatory-Planetarium. My father built a platform on top of a shed for me to use as an observation deck, and he bought me a passing fair telescope with which I could not only see Neptune and Uranus, but could find most of the variable stars and novas that were regularly reported in Popular Science. The night sky was not pristine, but the "blackout" imposed by WWII helped a whole lot.

On Jan 10, 2008, at 4:39 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

I grew up in Los Angeles. We weren't much for camping vacations either,
so it wasn't until I got married and moved here that I knew what was
meant by "the Milky Way". And it was years after that before I spent a
night far enough from civilization to see the real night sky.
Can't see the Milky Way here anymore, too many lights. There are still
more stars visible than in L.A. but not much.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Daryl
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:23 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] invasives

One of the things I loved when we moved here was that there were so many

stars. It was like being in a planetarium. Not anymore. Too much light
pollution, and in the summer, haze.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jesse Bell" <silverhawk@flash.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] invasives

That is often the comment when people visit my place and walk outside
night. They stand there with their mouths hanging open, looking at all
the stars, that they "haven't seen in forever!" I live so far out that
the city lights don't affect my place as much. I can sit out there in
hot tub and watch them all night long. It's pretty awesome.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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