Last Days of Ladyslippers

Last weekend we were biking around the lake and checked a usual spot for ladyslippers to bloom.  They were starting to peak, but I didn’t get back out until a few days later.  When I got there, most were already shriveling, with only a few full blooming flowers remaining.  I set up the long lens to help compress the background, and ended up with the following image.

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Itasca at night

The weather this past weekend was great, and Saturday night proved to be a good night for shooting the stars.  I ended up at Itasca, trying another crack at the Milly Way over the headwaters with a friend. after a couple of hours we headed back to the car. As we started to load our gear, we looked back and saw the Milky Way over the visitor center. we spent another 20 minutes shooting. Below are 2 shots from the final images made.

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Grosbeak

 

We have a couple of feeders in the yard, and every year we get a variety of birds that migrate threw.  I have started to photograph them now that I have a long enough lens.  This is a pair of Grosbeaks that showed up a couple of days ago.  The male is really skiddish, so I have less chances to get a photograph.  The female hangs around the feeder, and doesn’t seem to be bothered by me.

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First Shot at the Milky Way

I have been wanting to try my hand at astrophotography lately, and figured I would try to capture the Milky Way.  The weather agreed last night, with a perfectly clear sky, so I made the trek down to Itasca State Park in the early hours of the morning.  The Milky Way was positioned to the South/Southeast, making it a great backdrop for the Mississippi Headwaters.  Being the Headwaters would be in silhouette, I knew I would have to light paint them.  This was my first attempt at light painting a landscape, so it was an interesting shoot.

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April 2014 Lunar Eclipse

In the early morning hours of April 15, 2014, there was a full lunar eclipse. I was a little worried about the weather, as we had cloud cover for a few days leading up to the event.  Fortunately the skies cleared before sunset, and stayed pristine through the entire eclipse.  I was able to photograph the entire event from my back yard.  Here are some images.  The first is the moon at full eclipse.  The next 2 are composites I put together of the eclipse in various stages.

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