Day and Night

Every year in Duluth the city creates a lighting spectacle in Bayfront Park on the harbor.  Bentleyville draws thousands of visitors from all over to witness this event and it was recently featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight!
The December full moon was on the 11th and I hoped to capture an image of the moon, Bentleyville and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.  After first using Photopills to scout possible vantage points to shoot from, I settled on a spot along the Superior Hiking Trail that offered a view of all three.  I went out earlier in the day to inspect the site, felt it would work well.  In the light, it seemed like it had everything I was looking for.

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However, come night, it did not live up to my expectations.  It had too much foreground, the moon was higher than I had hoped for and overall, seemed to be lacking something.

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Sadly, the weather the next day would be snowy and cloudy so no re-shoot was possible.  I did take one of the images and crop to a panorama that, again, not great, but fun and colorful to look at.

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Night At Glensheen Mansion

The Glensheen Mansion in Duluth hosted another event for photographers the other day to allow access to the colorful lights on the grounds.  Some of the lights had been acquired from a local resident that could no longer continue the tradition of decorating her backyard on the shore of Lake Superior.  It has made a nice addition to the festive feel at the mansion.

A Strange Twilight

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The darkness of totality.  Disclaimer:  because my Sony RX100 blew out the sun, which blotted out the moon, I placed a black disc in it’s place to simulate the eclipse.  What I hope to convey is how dark it got during the time of totality.  The rest of the image is un-retouched.

Being One With the Flow

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Light changes

Water flows

Each moving with a rhythm tied to nature

A lesson for us to observe.

A Light In The Darkness

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On this day, after the culmination of an election that has exposed the deep divisions that exist in the United States of America, I, like so many others am choosing not to be swallowed by the hateful and divisive rhetoric that has defined this conversation.  Instead, I, like so many others, am choosing to rise above the anger and hate, am choosing to open my eyes fully, open my heart fully and prepare myself for the task ahead.  I am so proud of all the social media posts by those who are proclaiming their choice to stand in the breach and defend those who will be persecuted  as a result of this election.  I am proud of those who have committed themselves to being a light in the darkness, for darkness cannot exist where there is light. Like them, I commit to being one of the lights.  I commit to standing with, between, beside or in the midst of those who will most need our help going forward.  We stand on the precipice of strange times, but if we choose to light the way, we can avoid the falling off the precipice into darkness.  Instead, let us choose love over anger, building over destruction, unity over division.    We have our work cut out for us, but we are capable, we are strong, we have compassion, and we have the strongest tool in the kit to work with, LOVE.

Trying times indeed…

Below is part of what Dan Rather wrote in response to last night’s outcome:

“The world is on edge. The country is deeply divided. The markets have gone off a cliff. World capitals are erupting in anxiety. Huge segments of the American public are in panic – going through the shock of grief. This is the world that is now Trump’s to contend with. Do we really know what we have wrought?
This is a conversation that I need you to be a part of. Do not opt out. Your voice matters now more than ever. I will continue to be here in the days and weeks ahead. And we shall endeavor, together, to find a path forward in the best of America’s ideals.  Courage.”

Shine on my friends!

Smokin’ the Sunshine

Smoke rising from a campfire, blending with late afternoon sunlight.

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Canon Powershot ELPH 340 HS, ISO 100, 4.5mm, f/3.6, 1/640 sec, and little bit of Adobe Lightroom CC.