Monday, July 13, 2020

Rainbow Surprise

On the way home from work yesterday I drove through some rain that was totally unexpected. I stopped to check the forecast on my phone and look at the radar. It didn't look like it was going to last very long so I parked for a while to wait it out and see if any rainbows would pop up.  Sure enough, that's what happened!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Star Gazer

For this post I'm going to go back once again to one of my favorites, Jack Kornfield, from "Awakening is Real: A Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of the Inner Journey". 

Jack states: "When you begin to trust more and more that you can live in the present, it doesn't mean you can't think about the past or future, but you live where you are."

A little ironic, I suppose, to be thinking and talking about being in the present while gazing at the stars.  I say this because when we look at the stars we are literally looking back in time. The light we see from the stars originated long ago.  It takes a long time for that light to reach us so when it does, we are looking at light that has already existed for quite some time but exists presently for us. 

It is in these quiet moments of the night where I feel I am "in the moment" more than any other.  It is where I am living, right where I am.  

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Tempest

The storms over Lake Superior last night sure were a lot of fun to watch. It was one of those rare times where the heart of the storms were pretty far away so you could sit and comfortably watch without much fear of getting caught in a downpour. I watched the storms for about an hour in this location.  

While the "good" strikes were rather infrequent, when they did happen they were big and REALLY bright.  At first I had my ISO set way too high and my photos were extremely blown out.  Eventually I settled on an ISO of 200 and aperture of f/5.6 and that seemed to give me fairly well-balanced exposures. I hope we get more storms soon.  Not just because they're fun to watch but because we need more rain.  We got very little moisture last night and we could sure use some more. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July Moon over Lake Superior

Beautiful moonlight, stars and fog over a calm Lake Superior last night. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Summer Storm

Yesterday we had the first storm in quite a while roll over Grand Portage Bay. It has been SUPER dry up here this year and it sure was nice to finally get some rain, even if it was for only an hour. It rained pretty hard for about half that time but I wonder if it was enough to bring the fire danger down at all. I'm sure the ground absorbed that rain pretty quickly. But boy, what a sight it was to see this incredible front roll over Lake Superior!  

The cloud structure was pretty amazing and once the front hit, the wind was howling and lightning flashed every few seconds.  The rain fell sideways and hard. Half an hour later the wind had died considerably and the intense sideways rain had diminished to a gentle straight-down rain.  Half an hour after that, the clouds were parting as the sun approached the horizon. By the time the sun set, it was all over. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

4th of July Moonrise

It was a beautiful moonrise this evening. There is supposed to be a chance of an eclipse tonight as well but here at the northeastern tip of Minnesota we are now socked in with clouds. There was just enough of a gap in the clouds to capture this photo at dusk. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Floating in a Sea of Stars

It's been a great week for the Milky Way.  I went out a few different times to make some photographs and came away with some beautiful images each time. This time of year, however, the window of opportunity to capture images like this is pretty short.  The daylight hours are so long you have to wait until almost midnight for the sky to get dark enough to see the Milky Way really well. And, by the time 3:00 rolls around, the sky is already beginning to get bright enough that it starts to wash out the view of the Milky Way. I made this image at 12:30 AM and was lucky enough to catch a meteor near the upper right corner of the image.