Saturday, August 31, 2013

Putting on Weight just by looking....

These colors are not enhanced. I think just looking at this picture puts on extra weight.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Going back to School--Chapel Hill

I imagine that these three students are all back at classes by now at Chapel Hill. I don't know why the gentleman in the middle is wearing some sort of Top Hat, but I like his style.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School in Chapel Hill

Back to school in Chapel Hill. A college student takes in the mall in Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Frankfort Indiana Justice

OK, I get that Justice has to be blind, but the sword? Not sure about that. From top of Frankfort, Indiana courthouse.

Monday, August 26, 2013

"Shot"of the Day in Bridgeport

My brother, Joe, got me into the MMA fights at Toyota Park in Bridgeview where I became the "official" photographer. Interesting seeing the fights up close. This was a boxing match and easily becomes the "shot" of the day as that last punch put this big guy down. He got back up, but the match was called not long after.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jackson Mississippi Greyhound Bus Station

Freedom Riders fought here for the right to sit anywhere on the bus. A little bit of history on a non-descript street in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Venus is the "star" of this shot as it follows the sun on down after sunset. Taken somewhere over the Midwest heading back from a trip to the mid-South.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Greenville Reedy River Falls

I was not aware of the city of Greenville and the beautiful just within the downtown area. Beautiful falls and a beautiful little city.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ocean Bridge, Georgetown, SC

Traveling from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown get you to this gorgeous bridge over the Atlantic Ocean channel.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Clouds coming in over Southern Milky Way

One interesting difference in truly dark skies is that the clouds come in black at night as there are no earth based lights bouncing off of them. Stars shining behind the clouds look very dramatic as a result.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Storm's Coming

With such big, open skies in Nebraska, if a storm is coming in, you know it. Not a great night for astronomy, but some nice visuals after all. If this storm was coming in over Naperville, you wouldn't really see it, except between houses and trees. Not the case at the Snake River Campground in north central Nebraska.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer's Winding Down

Got to take Clio to the park on a beautiful fall day in August. Cool summer hopefully leads to a nice,long fall. Ama is still many weeks away from getting to drop her sling. In any case, Stephi had fun.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Frankfort, Indiana 1884

The sign on the top of the building in downtown Frankfort, Indiana says 1884 but I don't think the original owners had it painted that way. I was also surprised to see a Pepe's for some reason in downtown Frankfort. Happy, but surprised. Too bad I already had lunch. Maybe next time.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Indiana Road Trip

Had to travel from Monticello, where I keep my camper to Indianapolis for a meeting and I decided to get off Interstate 65 and take some of the back roads to see what I can see. Found some nice small cities with lots of photographic possibilities. Loved the colors here in the small downtown of Kiklin, Indiana.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nebraska Star Party

Here is what happens when a group of amateur astronomers get together in a really dark location--like at the Nebraska Star Party near Valentine, Nebraska. We stand around and wait until it gets dark.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nebraska Wheat Fields

This seems like the type of shot that every photographer has to take so I had to take this shot as well. Love the depth of field shown by the hills and clouds in the background. Shot in Nebraska on the way to the Nebraska Star Party.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Southern Sky from Northern Nebraska

One of the darkest night skies in the country can be found in north central Nebraska, in our instance, not far from the Merritt Resort, Snake River Campground, near Valentine, Nebraska. This view is towards the galactic center, in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. Clouds come in dark in truly dark skies, not like in light polluted cities where cloud bottoms come in lite up from city lights.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Sky in Valentine and in Naperville

Trying here to show what a good sky in Naperville might look like vs the skies we saw at the Snake River Campground on the banks of the Niobrara River near Valentine, Nebraska. One of the darkest skies left in the country, well outside of any light dome.