May 22nd, Day 142: Bright Greens and an Almost Full Moon

All this rain we’ve been having lately has made everything around here a brand new shade of bright green.

I had to get my wide angle out this afternoon.

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may 22 green wm

And by the time I got home the clouds had mostly cleared, letting the moon shine brightly through.

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I couldn’t decide if I liked it better in color or black and white. What do you think?

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May 14th, Day 134: Cresent Moon

The moon looked beautiful as I drove home from work this evening. You could see the faint outline of the whole thing, though only a sliver was bright.

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Are those stars or is my monitor dirty?

By the time I got out in the yard, the clouds/haze/fog/whatever it was had blurred the moon and hidden its outline.

But that’s okay.

I took several photos, incorporating the roof line of my building.

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This is a 20 second exposure, at f/25 and ISO 1600.

 

April 23rd, Day 113: Almost Full

I was out at the farm as the sun was setting, checking on my new little garden.

The moon is out, and the sky is clear, so I had to get a few photos in.

This was taken with my 55-200mm lens, and I wish I had something stronger!

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And then I cropped the photo when I got back home.

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Of course, since we had a serious cloud cover the other night when the meteor shower took place, I wasn’t able to get any shots then. But this guy is pretty impressive too.

I’m curious how the shower looked to the folks who could see it. Did the moon distract since it was pretty full on Sunday?

I also found this barbed wire interesting, as I was driving away from the farm. I should have taken this when the sun was a tad bit higher in the sky, but, live and learn, right?

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Nevertheless I’m thinking this might look neat on a pillow…whatdaya think?

*Post Script* So I went ahead and posted this as a pillow on Society6! You can see it here: http://society6.com/AbraAlani/Barbed-Wire-on-the-Farm_Pillow

April 16th, Day 106: Sky Shots

Isaac and I live right under the flight path for many planes coming and going from Sea-Tac Airport. We’re not close enough to the actual airport that the planes are super low, but they are definitely on the descent/ascent by the time are passing over our apartment.

Tonight as I drove home from work around 8pm I noticed what *I think* was a higher-than-normal number of planes passing overhead. I took advantage of the situation and set up my tripod in the backyard.

These are the results.

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april 16 2 wm

This one is my favorite

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The timer stopped when the plane was still mid-frame, hence this photo where it looks as if the plane disappeared suddenly.

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It was harder than I thought it would be to catch them flying near the moon…I aimed my camera at the moon, and used the moon as the focus guide. I have several shots where the plane flew just outside the frame!

February 22nd, Day 53: Working Backwards

Alright, well I have been absent from this little blog o’ mine the last few days, and for that I apologize.

I have been diligently taking photos, even though I haven’t been posting them. I am always looking for new ways to see my usual surroundings and currently mentally planning several trips (mostly nearby) to seek out places I have not yet seen.

At the very least I’d like to get to the following:

  • Port Angeles and Neah Bay (The farthest Western point in the continental U.S.)
  • Lavender Fields
  • Olympic NP and Coast
  • Rainier NP
  • Camping! (at most all of the above mentioned places)

But for now, I’m working pretty much opposite schedules to Isaac (not to mention working 6 days a week. :/) and so I am restricted to places more local. Which can be fun too, such as my visit to Stadium High in Tacoma earlier this month.

I digress. The reason for my little rant is because today’s photo was taken at the dog park.

I know, right? I don’t know how many dog parks you’ve visited, but all that I have seen share certain similar traits including sparse landscaping, mud puddles, doggie poo bag dispensers, and garbage cans. Oh, and maybe a picnic table or two. Generally not particularly photographic or beautiful.

I have played around with the visitors of these parks, though I feel a little weird about photographing other people’s dogs. It’s no different to how I feel about photographing random people or kids on the street. Like I’m just asking to get yelled at or something. This is a feeling I need to get over for sure.

In any case, while I was trying -and failing- to keep up with Toby at the park this afternoon I happened to look up just as the clouds were moving across the moon.

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And now I will continue to work backwards until I have offered you a photo from each of the preceding 4 days. Thanks for you interest and patience with me.