I was so happy to have seen this image and video through the Palomar Skies blog that I just had to share it here. These are the flight paths of insects illuminated by streetlamp and recorded in still frame photographs. The still is beautiful by itself and the video is lovely and brief. If you've ever watched the insects buzzing around a light at night, this all makes sense. I've never seen anyone photograph it, however, nor have I ever thought to try it; this was truly inspired!
Strong storms swept through our area of Northern Ohio tonight setting off fireworks of the electrical kind. This is the best lightning shot I've ever made and I hope to do more and better. Fortunately I have two sheltered areas at home from which to shoot… and this powerful lightning bolt isn't as close as it may appear!
Many an IT worker is familiar with the sight: a lone car, his own, in the parking lot. The network is quiet when all have left and offices are empty; that's when important work can be done, seen and appreciated by no one. The "computer guy" is last to leave. If he's lucky, the parking lot lights are on. Scrape the ice off the windshield; it's time to go home.
The first week of September saw Earth's Moon and Jupiter in a slow nightly dance across the sky. At first Jupiter trailed the waxing Moon; the week ended with Jove leading. This picture was shot the night of September 1 from the Observatory's back yard. Light just above the trees is light pollution from a nearby small town.
Tonight is shaping up to be a beautiful night. As the sun lowers into the western sky it casts long shadows and warm light. My thoughts turn to the long trip home from work –my late night– and the need for rest. If I were to drive toward home but continue on, I'd reach the Observatory by about 10:30. I would probably stay there for more than an hour, getting home at, say, 1:00 Thursday morning … a "work" day. I'll have to settle for a disappointing peek at the night from my none-too-dark stoop, then crawl into bed. Sadly, I should not answer though the sky is calling.
Leaving the office I was treated to one last look at our ice-coated world. A lonely tree in the parking lot was all decked out in diamonds under a nearby overhead light. The color in the photo couldn't be corrected to my satisfaction so I removed it entirely and just as well! I like the resulting photo much better than any color rendition — and it matches my memory of the scene. It reminds me of my "good old days" of black & white film photography.