All posts tagged: stars

The night sky…

… somewhere in the backwoods of New York state… Well, I mean… I know where I took the shot… But if I tell all you guys, then it’d just be a madhouse of cars with out-of-state plates… Garbage from impromptu barbecues strewn all about… … a whoopin’ and a hollerin’… The next thing you know there’s a Gov. LePettime through-way being built, and all kind of shenanigans… And then someone’s gotta go back for a boat-load of dimes…   The stated goal of beginning the journey of shooting deep sky objects is still the thing I wish to do… but you know that journey that begins with but a single step…? Yeah, they never mention how tall that first step is gonna be… It’s really been kicking my patootie all over the place, what with the technical demands of the equipment, the complexity of the subject matter, and my own native lack of patience… But I’ll get there… *AHEM* As far as the above picture… As you might be able to tell, I’m having some …

More from the Summer…

Another shot from this past August, over in the wilds of Pennsyltucky… That red slash in the lower right is an airplane. Of which there were many… Like, I mean, like, OMG, totally heaps and bunches… At the height of the annual Perseid meteor shower, there are many pictures I shot with gobs more airplanes than meteors… GOBS more… Rackum frackum…!!!

Stars…

For years, I’ve been wandering out at night, looking up at the sky – weather permitting. Sometimes I’ll even venture out with camera gear packed; ready to do battle with that evil monster known as the Light Pollution Dragon, native to these eastern U.S. shores… Alas, equipped as I am, I am untutored in the finer points of battle with such a pervasive beast. All too frequently I return, having once again failed in my quest for the elusive picture that one can stare at for days – gazing back at a universe that’s been all too free to gaze at us first.

Nature’s Benevolence…

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836) Ch. 1, Nature. Tell that to the man facing a hungry lion empty-handed, or caught out at sea in the middle of a typhoon… convince him of nature’s benevolence… EJ Liederstein [Follow-up note to the above rejoinder] Do not mistake what I’m saying. I’m not the doom and gloom pessimist my words might lead you to believe I am; nor am I the one who sees the sable lining in every cloud. What I’m saying is, if you insist on clothing nature within your anthropomorphic fantasies, then I will vehemently disagree with you. Nature never wears a mean appearance – because she has no ‘appearance’ to wear. She is neither draped in the latest fashions, nor is she at all concerned with how you or anyone else perceive her. She is not, strictly speaking, even a ‘she’. …