Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Polaris is a pretty cool star. It is located in the constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The easiest way to find Polaris is to find the Big Dipper. The two end stars that make up the end of the pot of the dipper (not the handle) point downward almost directly at the North Star. That is why they are sometimes called the pointer stars. One of the most amazing things about Polaris is the fact that it sits directly above the North Pole of the earth. If you were to stab a giant pin through the axis of the earth from the south pole to the north pole it would point directly at Polaris. Because of this if you take a long exposure of the sky at night with your camera the star trails formed will create circles around Polaris! This image was made with an exposure of close to an hour and a half.It's pretty easy to find Polaris at the center of the circles just barely above the treeline. Enjoy and God bless, chris
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Last Saturday Annika and several of her friends needed to go to Ukiah, CA to take the SAT Test. We had a small snowstorm on Friday and then it rained turning the roads into an icy mess. I offered to drive everyone down in my pick up because it has four wheel drive. The drive down was gorgeous with partly cloudy skies and an amazing sunrise. I handed Annika the camera and she took a nice photograph of it through the windshield as we were driving. After I dropped the kids off for testing I had four hours to myself. Luckily Ukiah abounds in natural areas and parks all a close distance to the city. As for me I chose to park right across the street at Low Gap Park. I grabbed my camera and one lens and went or a giant looping nature walk up the creek. I found plenty of subjects to keep myself busy. After my hike I drove a few miles up Low Gap road looking at the sights before I turned back to pick up the test takers and headed home. God's precious light and love to all, chris Equipment Used- Canon 7D and a Canon 28-135 IS lens.
Monday, December 9, 2013
This morning when I woke up the stars were still shining brightly and there was a faint light on the horizon from the upcoming rising sun. I went into my office and grabbed my camera. I attached a wide angle lens and went back to our bedroom and photographed the mornings stars rising to the east of us over the Mendocino Mountain Range. That's the Little Lake Valley in the lower right corner of the image. You can see a few lights from some of the ranches there. I made quite a few images but this is the one that I liked the best. God reveals some of his majesty to us through the heavens and all his creation. Wishing you a blessed day, chris
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Yesterday was quite the adventurous day with a lot of playing taxi and driving people here and there. While waiting for the the road home to open up due to an accident we went down to the Roots of Motive Powers "Santa Train" in Willits. Santa Claus came in on the steam train for the kids and the childlike adults. They were serving much needed hot chocolate and cookies that were enjoyed by all. Lenore, Grandma, Annika and friend Manzy rode the train while I stayed on the ground and did some photography. The cab crew invited me to ride in the locomotive but I declined because it was going to be the last run of the day and I wanted to photograph it. It turned out great because it was so cold out making the steam really stand out. God's blessings and a Merry Christmas to all, chris For you steam fans the #7 locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. It was built in May, 1910 and is a type 2-6-2T
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Yesterday morning around eleven thirty the snow storm moved in and it came steadily down. Snow falling on Redwwods! It was just so beautiful. I squeezed in just a little time photographing a Steller's Jay in the afternoon They are such an under appreciated beautiful bird. God's love and blessings to all, chris
Friday, December 6, 2013
We awoke this morning to cold temperatures and the cloudy tendrils of an incoming storm. I called to Badger and he bounced around me as we walked out to the pick up. He was ready for an adventure. We drove down the ridge towards town.I was hoping to find some good frost to photograph. Along the way I stopped to photograph the rock. I have photographed the rock numerous times over the years. I think I really need to ask permission from the property owner and go out into the field and photograph it from really close up. It would make a great foreground for a beautiful image. Afterwards we made a short tour of the valley where nothing really caught my interest. On the return trip I stopped off on the banks of Willits Creek to photograph the frosty leaves. They were incredibly beautiful. Enjoy and God bless, chris Equipment Used-Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, 100mm Macro Lens. Camera Setting- ISO 400, AV Mode, F stop varied upon image.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I went for a quick drive through the Little Lake Valley yesterday morning as a break from my many domestic chores for the day. We have had unseasonably low temperatures this week resulting in some beautiful frost covering the valley floor. Several friends reported that it was snowing in the valley yesterday from the fog freezing creating little mini snow flurries. There is snow in the forecast for tomorrow. This may necessitate the wearing of long pants sooner this year than expected. May God bless you and keep you warm in heart, chris