Val volunteered to get in front of the camera. She doesn’t do that often, so I have to take advantage of it when I can. I decided to take a some images of her and her moped. I also figured it would be a good time to try outdoor flash photos again.
The #OnlyinMN sign made its way to Paul and Babe last week for a short stay in front of the statues. It has been entertaining watching people interacting and posing for photos as I have been downtown or driving by. I made my way down last Thursday after dark for some photos of my own lit up along with Paul and Babe. I actually spent more time taking pictures of groups of people using their cell phones than taking my own. I took the obligatory cliché image, and tried looking for some different angles.
The new moon is upon us, which means prime astro-photography opportunities. I checked the weather as the sun faded under the horizon and decided to take a drive to Itasca State Park, as it is the darkest sky near me , to see if I could photograph the Milky Way. The best time to see it was just after Midnight for roughly 2 hours before the center also fell to the horizon. I arrived around 11:40 in order to have time to setup my gear and begin shooting. Things were looking great until about 12:30am, when wispy clouds started showing in my 2 minute exposures. By 12:45 a cloud bank had blocked the entire Milky Way.
Next year will be the Centennial for my In-Law’s Family Farm. Val has been thinking of planning a celebration next year. We went over on Saturday for her Dad’s birthday, so I thought I should take the drone with me and see if I could get some good photographs of the Farm from an uncommon view.
This trip had a few firsts for us in our travels. For the first time, we stayed in a tiny house as well as the first bed and breakfast. Usually, we stay in hotels. But after this trip, we will look into tiny houses and/or B&Bs.
The last lighthouse we visited was Currituck Lighthouse, north of Duck, NC. This is tucked away in a park and residential area. The lighthouse is a distinctive red brick.