Memorial for our “Little Guy”

Unfortunately last month, my wife and I had to put down Ash, our husky/shepard mix.  He was a great dog and valued member of the family that we referred to as our “Little Guy”.  For a memorial, we ordered a laser engraved stone from Images on Marble, a business located in Owatanna, MN.  Val and I designed the layout, and the stone came out to perfection.  We decided to place the memorial under the willow tree in our yard, as that was Ash’s favorite place to sleep.  Val put a small light on it, and it really makes the image on the stone pop as night moves it.

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Split Rock Moonrise

I took a few days off around the new year for a quick trip to Split Rock Lighthouse.  On January 4th, the moon would rise right behind the lighthouse just after the sun set, which I have been waiting for a chance to photography.  Unfortunately, the weather did not agree for the night of the 4th, as the wind chills were -40 and below, so I didn’t make the trip to the North Shore until the 5th.  The moon rose about 50 minutes after sunset, so it was closer to a silhouette than I was hoping, but I made due with what I had.  Here are 3 shots, being the clouds were thin and wispy, and sea smoke was quickly thickening, the moon rise looked more like a sun rise.

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14mm

In recent months I have been tinkering with photographing the night sky.  I had found that my 17mm at f/4 was not the best for this job, so I started researching wider, faster lenses.  I came across a good price for the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (also branded Samyang or Bower).  The lens came in late last week, and I took it out for a quick shoot, trying to get a feel for it.

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