Saturday, January 30, 2010

A cold winter's night

The winter of 2009-2010 has been relatively benign, so far, in my neck of the woods. As January makes its exit, it does so without leaving the scars of repeated soul-crushing wallops of lake effect snow, or ice storms, or long stretches of brutal cold. The only down side of this climactic blip is the relative dearth of picturesque wintry scenes to photograph.

I had planned to make up for the lack of photography by capturing tonight's moonrise with my primary camera and favourite lens. I bundled up, headed outdoors into the brisk night (-2F/-19C), set up the tripod, and waited for the first tinges of moonglow to appear on the eastern horizon.

And then my camera informed me that its batteries were dead!

So I ran back in the house, grabbed my secondary, and still well-loved camera, set it up on the tripod, and fired away. I did manage to get one good shot. But that perfect moonrise picture still eludes me.

Friday, January 29, 2010

La Bella Luna

Did you see tonight's Wolf Moon?

Here's how it looked from my perch tonight.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Portrait of the artist as a young man

In the stillness of the winter

Remnants of summer
Wearing crystals as a crown
Still regal and proud