Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring Hummingbird

Jessica put our hummingbird feeder out the other day and we've already had several birds frequenting it.  They are such beautiful little creatures, it sure is fun having them around.  I took some time trying to photograph them and came away with a few shots that I like.  This one is my favorite.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mt. Josephine Aurora and Hat Point Moonrise

Well, I found another one from the night of May 13th that I want to share!  I thought I was done finding worthwhile images from that incredible night of aurora photography, but I was wrong.  It may be hard to tell at first glance but if you look closely at the right side of this photo, the second light from the right is actually the moon rising over Hat Point in Grand Portage, MN.  It would be easy to mistake the moon for a bright man-made light, since it is right at the edge of the tree line and it is only a crescent moon so it isn't very bright.   I think it makes for a rather interesting scene!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Driftwood Patterns

Every now and then when something catches my eye I like to turn my camera lens towards an abstract scene.  Such as this piece of driftwood that I came across recently.  The patterns and curves in the wood were very intriguing and I couldn't resist making a photograph of it.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Milky Way and Pancake Island

The new moon was just the other night.  It is the time each month when our night sky is the darkest and the best time for photographing the Milky Way.  Unfortunately, our skies have been mostly cloudy lately and now I'm coming a bit under the weather so it looks like I may not get out for any night shooting in the immediate future.  So, here's a photo from last month's new moon that I've been saving for a time such as this!  

This photo was made on April 18th, 2015 at 3:30 in the morning over one of the islands along the Lake Superior shoreline in Grand Portage, MN.  The light that you see illuminating the left end of the island is from a yard light from a nearby home just around the point on the left side of the photo.  Normally I don't like artificial light at all in such a photo, but in this case part of me doesn't mind because it almost looks as though it is the Milky Way itself that is casting the light on the island.  This photo was made with a Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 lens, exposure length was 25 seconds at f/2.8 with an ISO of 6400.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Aurora Borealis over Hollow Rock Bay

Here's one more image that I wanted to share from the aurora storm the morning of May 13, 2015.  Taken at Hollow Rock Resort in Grand Portage, MN.  This was at about 2:30 in the morning as the storm was going full blast.  The lights were so strong that they were really illuminating the surface of Lake Superior and the rocks along the shoreline.  I had my headlamp on when I was walking around, but the lights were so bright I probably could have gotten by without it!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Milky Way Moonrise over Rock Island

There is a special moment in time on nights when the moon rises well after sunset.  A moment in time when the moon is visible on the horizon but hasn't risen high enough yet to wash out the view of the stars or the Milky Way.  This is a brief window in time, as once the moon rises high enough most of the stars and certainly the ribbon of the Milky Way is no longer visible to the naked eye. It is one of my favorite moments in time to be sitting along the Lake Superior shoreline and enjoying the view of the night sky.  Hopefully this photo conveys at least a little bit of that feeling. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Celestial Fantasy

It's not very often when the conditions align so you can get a photograph such as this!  Only one other time have I been able to capture the Aurora Borealis over Hollow Rock, and that was on a partly cloudy night.  This time, in the early morning hours of May 13th, 2015 I was able to capture not only the northern lights but the Milky Way over Hollow Rock!  We experienced quite an aurora storm, strong enough that the lights were visible to the south over Lake Superior.  And, not only were the common green colors of the aurora visible, there were some shades of purple as well (which also made part of the Milky Way appear purple).  As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to not only witness such beauty but to be able to capture it on camera as well.  It literally was a fantasy come true.  My own "Celestial Fantasy", if you will :-)