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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.