24 Hours

After a long week of sports photography in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, it was nice to take a break and head north for a visit home.  It’s a little over two hours from where I stay in the cities to my home in Duluth, so it’s not a big deal to make the trip on the same day if needed.  If I feel I have the time, I will sometimes use these trips to explore alternate ways of getting north or south rather than use the freeway so that I might discover new photo ops.  But not this trip, this was a quick turnaround where I would have about twenty-four hours in Duluth.  Upon my arrival, as I came to the top of the hill, which affords a panoramic view of Duluth, Lake Superior and the St. Louis River harbor, I was greeted with no view of any city, lake or harbor.  The entire lake basin was hidden by a low lying fog bank.

Besides the tasks that need to be done, water plants, do my laundry, work a bit on cleaning the garage to be ready for my car this winter, local errands, I also had plans to be on the shore of Lake Superior for the lunar events Sunday night.  As most know, there was a rare combination of a full moon, super moon and a lunar eclipse.  I have never photographed an eclipse and wanted to give it a try.  But, before leaving for the lake, I took  a bit of time to document things growing in the yard.

Since the location I had planned to shoot the moon from was being used by a group of Native American women for a ceremony, I moved down shore about fifty yards and setup my gear.  As the evening progressed, the magic of the lunar event was enhanced by the sounds and sights of the ceremonial event taking place nearby.

As I mentioned, this was my first attempt at photographing an eclipse and the intermittent cloud cover didn’t help.  I did enjoy some successes, but there were many unusable images.  However, I learned from the experience and will be better prepared the next time I have the chance to witness a celestial event of this nature again.

And now it’s Monday morning and in a couple of hours, I will be loading the car and heading back south to shoot soccer games later today.  But my time in the northland was good, as it allowed me to slow down a bit and be removed from the frenetic pace of the big city for a few hours and to spend time by the “big lake” and be reminded why I move up here and away from the “big city.”

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A Garden’s Last Gasp

Summer has spun southward, fall slides in from the north and our gardens are preparing themselves for the deep sleep of winter.  But, before they let go their energy gained from summer sunshine, the mums put on a final show, perhaps a sign of defiance as the snowflakes fall from the sky on an October afternoon.

I thank the mums, and all the other plants, that have burst forth throughout the year and blessed the garden with their glory and color.  I thank the ones who shared not only their colorful presence, but also the ones that will be used as nourishment in the coming months.  I am grateful for the bee balm and rose hips that will become a warm and invigorating tea, for the mint, the rosemary, basil, chives, thyme, and all the others.

Sleep well garden, rest and dream of next year’s glory.  From your dreams come the realities of abundance that will burst forth in the spring.

Moving Closer To Our Goals

I was involved in a conversation recently about attaining goals. When one wishes to attain a goal or sets an intention for change, is it appropriate to wait for the goal or change to come to us, or do we do what we can to move closer to it? An analogy came to mind about photography that I used to illustrate my point of view.
As a photographer who wishes to take a close-up or macro photo of a flower, will I attain the desired result standing back and using a wide angle lens?

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No, I need to move closer.  I could try a medium telephoto or other approaches, but that still won’t get me as close as possible.

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To achieve the best possible outcome, I will reach for my macro lens and move myself as close as possible to my goal, then take the shot.

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These images weren’t coming to me, they were firmly rooted in their place.  I needed to move to them.  And so it is so many goals in life.  If we want a new job, it most likely won’t come to us,  so we move closer to it by learning the right skills, creating a quality resume and applying.  This also applies to meeting people.  New friends aren’t going to show up on your doorstep, we need to move ourselves to places that puts us closer to them.

This concept can be applied to pretty much any scenario in our lives, if it’s important, don’t wait for it, move closer to it and you will attain it that much faster.

Still Here

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Good morning bloggers, hope your day is off to great start.
As I sit here on my front porch enjoying a beautiful Duluth morning, taking note of the changing colors, the mums getting ready to explode in a riot of blossoms and, most importantly, drinking my coffee, that I send blessings to you all.