February 12, 2014

I nearly typed January in the title. I think the temperature keeps playing tricks on my head. Either that or I’m starting to lose it. Each are plausible possibilities.

Does taking pictures of the moon ever get old? I managed to capture some of the blue in the sky with this zoomed in shot, but what would have been THAT MUCH COOLER is if Marvin the Martian peeked over to prove once in for all that we have aliens on the moon. A girl can dream.

Hello my lovely little satellite.

As a side note, I didn’t just take the easy way out. I turned my attention elsewhere to if I could catch anything interesting in the dwindling light.  As it turns out, it’s so cold here now that birds are freezing in mid-air.

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Poor wee things, all frozen mid-air like.

Day 43, mellowing.

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February 10, 2014

I was super excited to get home early enough to bust out my camera to try to capture…something. Anything! There was still daylight left and I could spot a bit of blue in the sky.  Turns out I ended up taking nighttime pictures anyway when I looked up and saw the moon looking down at me…with a buddy.

Turns out that buddy is Jupiter. Oh!  Well, let’s see then (rubs hands together).

(Let’s all remember that I’m still learning…and effectively still barely understand what I’m doing.)

First go round.

First go round.  And who are you, little one?

Hmmm. What's all those extra light bits?

Hmmm. What’s all those extra light bits?

Hello, moon.

Hello, moon. Didn’t mean to ignore you.

Next attempt.

Next attempt. A bit more defined.

As good as it got.

As good as it got after a couple of internet tips. I was freezing my tuckus off and couldn’t tolerate being out much longer.

To think that I can see Jupiter with the naked eye is amazing in itself (don’t judge, I don’t get out a lot) but that I can get so close with my camera is pretty damned awesome. Those other little guys are part of the stars that make up the Gemini constellation…which is somewhat prophetic as I am too a Gemini (ok, I know it’s getting a bit thick up in here).

At any rate…wow.

Day 41, pretty damned cool.

Edit: Apparently I was crap-ass wrong about the objects appearing with Jupiter. They aren’t stars in a constellation…they are the four largest MOONS of Jupiter! Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. This makes this all the more fantastic (except the You Were Crap-Ass Wrong bit)!

January 13, 2014

I think things are slowly starting to click.

I finally took a non-smoke break, grabbed my camera and headed out for the parking lot where I eyeballed birds, big and small.

This was the first picture I took of a big bird. I was fairly impressed! (Truth be told, I was more shocked that it came out than impressed, but don’t tell anyone.)

Wheels in the belly, no less. Climb, baby, climb!

I thought I’d try my hand at some nighttime scenes, but I figured out pretty quickly that I need to learn a bit more about that before I try to get all fancy. So I took a few pictures of the moon.

My favorite shot.

So that’s that. Day 13, I think I like you.