Another week has inexorably slipped by.. how did that happen?? My summer has been so ridiculously busy. I really hope it starts to slow down a bit soon. Incidentally, I only got two photos up this week: one on Instagram and one on 500px. I promise more this next week.
Can you see the Milky Way from where you live?
I can’t; there’s too much light pollution from the city in which I reside. Therefore, when I go camping, I make a point to look skyward.
I have always marveled at the beauty of the night sky. There are so many more stars than I ever expect. But even more impressive is how the darkness comes alive through my camera with a long exposure. Our eyes are pretty powerful, but leaving a shutter open to soak in the faintest light proves how wondrous the universe is.
It feels somewhat easy to distance myself from the devastation in Texas, and I turn only a concerned brow toward what lies in wait for Florida. It’s tragic, and my heart aches for all who have lost their homes and livelihoods (and all this month, I am donating 25% of all proceeds from print sales to Harvey relief efforts). But once the news is turned off, my personal life creeps back in, pushing the drenched scenes, the tears, the pleas for help – back across the miles from whence they came.
But when tragedy strikes so close to home, I can no longer shut it out – intentionally or otherwise.
The Great American Eclipse was witnessed by millions of people across the country. This was the first I had seen, so I was excited. This is my story.
I’m really excited to be starting in on this series. My parents are moving away from their decades-long home in Colorado to spend their retirement in the Northwest, so we wanted one last chance to knock a few of our Rocky Mountain-ish bucket list items off our list. My parents wanted in on the fun, so we planned a one-way road trip that would take us through Colorado, down to Mesa Verde, then up through Moab, and back to Oregon where they could scout out some neighborhoods.
If I thought last week’s challenge was.. well.. challenging, this week’s really made me think hard about how to fit the topics. The discover challenge is mixing media; the photo challenge is shine. “Shine” is easy. But I already write blog posts with lots of pictures – words and photos – so what could I do to mix it up?
I decided to do something I’ve never really done before: mixing photos. Continue reading
If you’re going to the Big Island, and if you have any fascination with the night sky, you won’t want to miss Mauna Kea. Home to the world’s largest observatory and nearly 14,000 feet above sea level (and above most cloud layers), you won’t see more beautiful stars, especially if you live anywhere near a metropolitan area. And for a photographer? Just, wow. Continue reading
Over 27,110 pictures taken this year.. how do I choose the best?? Somehow I managed to pare it down to my top 50 (that was so hard!!).